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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Varietals Produced in Japan View all

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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Popular Wineries in Japan View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Gekkeikan Plum Wine Japan NV

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    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

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    Wine review by yokaze


  • Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by aylanah


  • Ozeki Karatamba Dry Wave

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

    Wine review by Captmidpac


  • Ty Ku Soju 2013

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    Definitely don't recommend it Read More

    Wine review by JustinCocktailMan


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  • Crazy Milk Nigori Sake

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    Crazy Milk Nigori Sake has a milky white color with a slightly brown rice tint. It has an earthy nose with aromas of hay, grass and woody notes. It is sweet and rich on the palate with flavors of rice grain, licorice and almonds and has a medium body with great balance. Read More

    Wine review by Mimi Kim


  • Gekkeikan H.o 2010

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    Wine review by ConnieJ


  • Kikkoman Plum

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    Wine review by RayaEve


  • Suntory Yamazaki 12year Shimimimato Osaka Single Malt NV

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    Nose:Vanilla, Apple, Pinapple, HoneyPalete: Medium Body, Sweet, Spicy, Honey, Lemon, Orange MarmaladeFinish:Woody, Lingering, Dry, SpicyNot very nice taste, i dont know it was something about it that i really didnt like! Read More

    Wine review by HavingFun


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