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Original title: ソムリエール ~ La Sommeliere
Demographics: Seinen
Chapters at MH: 4
Releases at MH: 0
Publishing Status: Finished
Writer(s): JOH Araki
Artist(s): KAITANI Shinobu + MATSUI Katsunori
Serialized in: Young Jump
Published by: Shueisha
Year: 2007
Official Site: http://bj.shueisha.co.jp/somme/index.html
Popularity: 9 favorites
Translators: 0 (Click here to view)
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Score 4.4 of 5.0 - 8 votes

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After learning all she can at a special wine education program, Kana is happy to return to the farm she was raised on and help out the woman who raised her and the twenty orphans she now cares for. Working hard one day on the new batch of grapes used for wine, a man in an expensive suit with a briefcase comes to the farm and tells her that the loan on the farm is due and she won't receive an extension from her creditor, Mr. John Smith, unless she goes to work at a restaurant in Tokyo.

Before she can even think about accepting this offer, she must correctly identify a wine in a blind tasting at dinner with the lawyer, Yusuke Katori, a pessimistic man who hates wine, but respects its value. He even sent his own father home after receiving a foul-smelling wine as a birthday present. However, Kana teaches him something about wine when she explains why his father had the right idea after all - but, as Yusuke asks her, can she go against her fate?

This is the story of how Kana improves people's lives with good wine as she works to help the orphans. [polm23]


Bar, Drama, Seinen

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Review by Harun
"Before Wine, Man was docile; Man was peaceful... Whenever and wherever these forces meet, the world of drama is opened to all caring to witness..."

Wine... It has built nations, and built careers.

"Le Sommelier" tells about a Gifted Sommeliere (wine expert) named Kana Itsuki. At the onset, we find her working in a wine garden in the Swiss Alps. She is asked by a Mr. John Smith to come and work in a fine restaurant in Tokyo. But first, she must pass a test. A "Blind Tasting" will be held, with a wine selected by Mr. John Smith.

A wine consultant was onboard for this series. At the end of each chapter, one of the wines that was discussed gets a full page description. Discussion, tasting, history, and even pricing are included. Permalink " "

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