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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  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Melon

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

  • 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...

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  • Gekkeikan Sake

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

  • 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 ...

  • Gascon Wine

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

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  • Gekkeikan Plum Wine Japan NV


    I am a cheap wine fan and not good with bitter wines. This one went down smooth unlike many many others. I say it passed my picky palate, lol. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Started with Sensi,the one placed at an hour's train journey and then an ... an ... in Europe,US and Japan.Bulk Asian markets,China and India are comparatively new but for obvious reason they have a serious eye on the market.My tour ended with 2 days' stint at Vinitaly in Verona,one if not the, world's largest wine shows.Supported by PR and c... Read More

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  • Gekkeikan Sake Gekkeikan Sake NV


    nice aroma, bodied like the urine after a night out, bold and rich and medium ... it had a nice toilet finish. Japanese ppl cant make wine... Read More

    Wine review by kuktrynet

  • Shimizu-No-Mai Pure Dusk Sake


    this is my review Read More

    Wine review by urbansake

  • Gekkeikan Plum Wine Japan NV


    I am not normally a wine drinker. In fact I do not drink that often. But this wine just has something that draws me to it. The bite of the tartness, the fact that I am able to taste the Plum. I am sure most would say my palate is not refined but I am unable to detect the flavor hints in normal wine due to the alcohol. I can enjoy this straight o... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Dewatsuru "Crane of Dewa" Sake Japan Kimoto Junmai Dewatsuru


    Present from john S Read More

    Wine review by yokaze

  • Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet NV


    No written review

    Wine review by aylanah

  • Ozeki Karatamba Dry Wave


    Delightful smooth dry sake, slightly sweet with a hint of almond. Read More

    Wine review by Captmidpac

  • Ty Ku Soju 2013


    Definitely don't recommend it Read More

    Wine review by JustinCocktailMan

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