Japanese Wine


Alcohol consumption has been part of Japanese culture since its early history. Rice wines (sake), beer and spirits have evolved significantly since their humble beginnings, and so has their place in culture. Some have proprietary meaning, used to accompany specific foods over the course of a meal either to match flavors or aid in digestion. Others are for pure sipping pleasure. Drinking has even become a tool to strengthen business and social relationships, with socially acceptable displays of heightened intoxication. 
The Japanese beer market has grown to become the leading alcoholic beverage in the country, with many different styles from light to dark available. Happoshu (“low malt”) is a similar sparkling drink, though produced with less malt than standard beer. Third Beer (Shin Janru or “New Genre”), is a sparkling unmalted beverage, produced from peas, soy or wheat. As for wine, most of the standard grape table wine in Japan is imported, although Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Diamond

    History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moor...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Melon

    In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what ...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Gascon Wine

    Don Miguel Gascón wines reflect Argentina’s rich winemaking history, capturing the true expressio...

  • Moonstone Crossing

    Moonstone Crossing wines are made from select grapes grown in small, hillside vineyards from the ...

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

    KIZAN WINERY is a small family-operated winery. For more than 75 years, Tsuchiya's family has bee...

  • The Koshu Wine Project

    By creating our wine, we brought Koshu to the international market, a long journey for a grape v...

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  • Actually Kombucha is (direct translation is kelp tea) in Japanese and the name is just fine for the kelp-based tea that was mentioned before. And that's pretty much all the kombucha being drunk in Japan other than a very, very little of the type you're talking about that has recently appeared in in pop up hipster 'health' cafes that tend to clos... Read More

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  • Reading the title of your thread, Apelsecs, I was looking forward to reading ... you know the name is from a Japanese term (kombu) for kelp, and that in Japan 'kombucha' is made from kelp and actually good for you? The Chinese mold-growth drink should have another name, IMHO. And as to whether it's really good for you, the jury is still out.. Read More

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  • Well, Paul, I suggest you try to watch as the wonderful current Republican ... ... ... with a hedge-hog-like Japan, though India would've also bloodied them to the west and stopped their expansion in that direction. Iran could be running amok in SW Asia, exacerbated by a failed Pakistani state serving as a base for a new Caliphate that potent... Read More

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  • Wow, never have run into a paywall with the Economist (unlike the Boston Globe ... ... when originating from Japan than from the States. Al, try from another IP address, or use a proxy server.DV, good to see you, stranger! But wine is part of life. The current POTUS and general political situation are, unfortunately, enough both to drive a pe... Read More

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  • His 'trade trip' didn't get many results from Japan. More an ego-massage exercise, and a way to stay in the eye of the media he claims to dislike so much. Apparently he's finding foreign relations a difficult venue for the 'dealing' he claims he's good at. Not like trying to put up a new hotel or loan his name to some shady overseas venue or ven... Read More

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  • That was pretty funny.  I wonder what kind of stupid things Trump will do ... ... though; he already asked Japan to build cars in the United States, which of course they already do.  &nbs Read More

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  • And made asininely supercilious off-the-cuff remarks paired with very ... the ... ... the US economy is than Japan's. How miserable a man the guy is, he's truly an embarrassment as the rep to the world of the USA--and that's just how he appears, not even how he's throwing wrenches into formerly well-functioning machinery. How does he think he... Read More

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  • cbs these japanesse wine

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  • Well that blows. Letter to your Congressperson?  ;-(Partner-in-crime ... then ship them overseas to Japan, etc. Why not to the further reaches of Wisconsin as well? Maybe this is even an entrepreneurial opportunity? ;-)Road trip Read More

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  • The pointed bottoms is what I assume you were wondering about. The storage ... ... ... Jomon Era pottery in Japan (looong before the Greeks) and similar-era examples in China also show elongated bodies without a stable, flat bottom, even if not quite as pointy as the Greek versions. The pots in Japan were embedded in the ashes of a fire durin... Read More

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  • "The right didn't make a point of starting fights in the streets with ... to accuse old allies such as Japan and South Korea of unfair trade practices as well as of freeriding on American security guarantees.""American prestige in Asia is suffering. A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Centre in Washington found that, among Japanese, co... Read More

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  • Nice website and excellent info on Japanese wine - thanks! Eco Tours Japan offers some fun and interesting winery and wine tasting tours in Japan. You can discover Koshu wine while exploring the many wineries in Katsunuma. check them out here - http://ecotoursjapan.com/winery-wine-tasting.html

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  • In the last few years, the number of marketing terms associated with a bottle of wine seems to be increasing. These days, you've a wide variety of possibilities. A $3 generic box of wine is one thing. An costly bottle worth thousands of dollars can also be found. Sorting through the vocabulary on a bottle is the first step to buying the right w...

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  • Difficulty of shipping of Sake hinders our exportation. (Japanese low, and keeping of quality) Enjoy aroma, taste, and the art when you visit japan.

    Comment by 257522nyampire 257522 nyampire

  • My roommate received a 2- pak of Kobe Japan DUET White Dry & Red Sweet wine ( .375 ltrs) from a company called SAKURAMASAMUNE Co. LTD. What are the qualities of these wines and should we age then a little. What food are they best with? Mike

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