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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  • Merlot

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

  • Diamond

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • The Koshu Wine Project

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

  • Moonstone Crossing

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

  • Gekkeikan Sake

    This is one Hidden Treasures in Sacramento you don’t want to miss out on. Gekkeikan Sake offers c...

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

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

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Bob.  Fortunately, we have our Snooth man in Japan, DM, to give you good advice. Read More

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  • I'm living in Japan. I gave out my location info to be able to get info on locating good wine in my area.  I hope it works. My interest is in finding imported or domestic Cabs that are decent quality and won't destroy a teacher's budget. If any of you are in or near Fukushima Prefecture, I would love to hear from you.My wife is a white Zinfandel... Read More

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  • Zuf you rightfully pointed out that we've covered what needs to be covered ... tips. I have never tipped in Japan, ever. Here good service is expected, and pay represents that. Oldskool service employees will return tips, even to this day. The rest of Asia varies from place to place but around traveling Americans (hotels and restaurants) expec... Read More

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  • DM, I can't play this game!  I don't know anything about white ... ... to defer to you while in Japan!   Awesome photo Read More

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  • Wow. Lots to consider here. To start with the simplest - Emark - it wasn't ... know what to say about that Japanese situation. I have relatives in Poland who were exposed to lots of Chernobyl radiation. They have things like lupus and other health problems these days. Some people are skeptical and say that those folks are just blaming all of t... Read More

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  • Gekkeikan Plum Wine Japan NV

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    As a fan of Fu-ki Plum Wine, I was anxious to try another. Although this class is in the 'too sweet to have often' category for me, every now and then that dessert craving comes 'round. Most of the flavour is reminiscent of a cream sherry, which was a surprise but not altogether unwelcomed. There's a fruity finish however, which says "sugary ... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Was going to send you a PM but I still can't figure out how to do it. ... ... love posts where someone in Japan asks for pairing suggestions for tacos and guacomole! Brilliant stuff indeed! As my favorite troupe used to say - now for something completely differen Read More

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  • Choya Umeshu Plum Wine With Ume Fruit Plum Wine NV

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    I loved the sweet but crisp taste. Read More

    Wine review by nwirishlass


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