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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

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

  • 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...

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  • Greg, you can ship those glasses over to Japan to help with the ongoing recovery in the disaster area. Write it off as charity. I'll find a use for them.... ;-) Read More

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  • Fuki Plum Wine 2013


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    Wine review by Thaharddude

  • Fuki Plum Wine 2009


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    Wine review by Thaharddude

  • Fuki Plum NV


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    Wine review by Thaharddude

  • Fuki Plum NV


    Luscious fruity full of plum, cherry and a side of almond, this unique flavour combo is unlikely to be found anywhere else. Agreeable dessert wine, if you're a friend of ports and cordials. Easy to forget it's alcoholic until you've had one too many glasses. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • Sapporo Wine Limited Grand Polaire Yamanashi Katsunuma Koshu Late Harvest 2004


    This is an intriguing example of the Austrian Zweitgelbe. The body is light and volatile despite oaky undertones threatening to overpower primary berry fruit flavours. Worth trying once but once only. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Hakutsuru Organic Junmai Sake NV


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    Wine review by weezyjack

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