Last updated on February 3, 2024
A child prodigy at the piano becomes the rage of Japan and the most influential composer in the country’s history. His pursuit of music, from classical to rock, has given him many opportunities not just as a musician, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker. Yoshiki Hayashi has pursued his interest with a clothing line but now has ventured into the wine industry. His most recent venture is with Champagne Pommery to produce a Champagne called ‘Y by YOSHIKI.’
This collaboration unites the artistry of a musician with that of a winemaker. It fuses Japanese precision and French elegance, creating unique Champagne that reflects both cultures. The timing is perfect for bringing forth this wine as we enter the holidays, and what better way to welcome in the New Year than toasting with champagne bubbles?
The Los Angeles debut of Y by Yoshiki coincided with a screening of his movie, Yoshiki Under the Sky. It included a special performance by Yoshiki at the Ross House in the Hollywood Hills.
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The Ross House
The Ross House offers magnificent views overlooking Los Angeles, enhancing the enjoyment of the Champagne as we stood on the decks and enjoyed the views just before Sunset. After our screening, as night approached, the city lights engulfed the view, adding another perspective to sipping the soft, bubbly Champagne.
Yoshiki Under The Sky
This documentary came to fruition during the pandemic. The concept brought musicians together as a way to connect during a time of isolation and loss of loved ones while bringing people together through music. Many international performers, including Sarah Brightman (UK), Nicole Scherzinger (USA), St. Vincent (USA), Scorpions (Germany), The Chainsmokers (USA), HYDE (Japan), SUGIZO (Japan), SixTONES (Japan), Jane Zhang (China), and Lindsey Stirling (USA) joined together creating a sense of unity under the sky. It is as if the sky represents a roof, uniting all under one roof, essentially bonding us through music.
Y by Yoshiki
Y by Yoshiki Champagne is not Yoshiki’s first collaboration in wine. Since 2009, Yoshiki has been working with Robert Mondavi Jr, the grandson of the famous winemaker and pioneer of Napa Valley, to create California wine for Japan under his Y label. The wines include a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. The Champagne is just his latest.
Today, Yoshiki collaborates with Champagne Pommery to create a Brut Champagne blending Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are sourced from Champagne, France’s Cote des Blancs, and Montagne de Reims region vineyards. I found a soft yet elegant, delicate Champagne with tiny bubbles.
Pommery was founded in 1836 in Reims, France. In 1874, Madame Pommery created the world’s first Brut Champagne. Today, Pommery is considered the largest winery in Champagne. The signature Pommery style continues in the manor handed down by Madame Pommery. Elegant aromas, fresh and lively flavors, and appealing with a lingering finish define Pommery Champagne. These same qualities are found in the Y by Yoshiki Champagne.
Those in attendance sipped Champagne, enjoying the delicate and elegant bubbles while relishing the view outside under the sky. It was a metaphor for the documentary we had just seen, but our finale was about to begin. We all had the privilege of hearing Yoshiki play the piano. He started with a classical rendition, after which he played two songs he had composed.
Like music, wine brings people together socially, and Champagne is the wine of choice to share those special moments. The partnership of Champagne Pommery and Yoshiki accomplishes that goal.
Common to the wine industry, this writer received a hosted invitation to this event. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.