FAMILIAR FACES WHILE ABROAD—look for au bon climat traveling through asia
The thrill of exploring and experiencing something for the first time can be the best part of traveling, however, sometimes seeing a reminder of home while traveling provides a bit of comfort in an otherwise exotic place. Should your travels take you to Asia, you may be surprised to see Au Bon Climat on many wine lists. This is a result of Jim Clendenen’s own wanderlust. Jim had a particular affinity for Japan and was viewed as a celebrity by the wine community. He established key relationships in Japan decades ago which remain today. It is our second largest export market, just behind the UK. In recent years we have seen tremendous growth in other parts of Asia, specifically South Korea and China.
Asia is very familiar territory for the second generation Clendenens. At the end of February both Knox (who just finished college in Tokyo) and Isabelle (Japan minor in college) will be leading tastings in Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul. After many visits to Japan with their father and then on their own, Knox and Isabelle are becoming the new face of Au Bon Climat in Asia. ▲