This year's first shipment of Beaujolais Nouveau wine arrived at Haneda airport on Saturday morning. Importer Suntory Wine International said 3,024 bottles arrived on a JAL flight at 5 a.m.
Further shipments will arrive at Haneda, Narita, Kansai, Chubu, Fukuoka and Shin-Chitose airports over the next two weeks.
Japan will uncork the first Beaujolais Nouveau of the season at midnight on Nov 15 at a price of 2,560 yen per 750-milliliter bottle, down from 3,325 yen last year.
The third Thursday in November traditionally marks the official debut of the new season's Beaujolais around the world, and the Japanese are the first to get a taste of the light red wine because of their time zone, holding midnight parties.
Suntory said that it will import 5.160 million bottles of the wine this year, about 9% less than last year and the sixth straight year of decline. The record for Japan was 12.5 million bottles sold in 2004.© Japan Today