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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  • Diamond

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

  • Melon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Gascon Wine

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Gekkeikan Sake Horin 2012


    Alcohol taste is very mild as opposed to cheaper Sakes. Warm: loses much of its flavor and is not so enjoyable. Room temperature: Enjoyable, perhaps better with warm food.Slightly chilled: Very enjoyable by itself or with foods that are not warm. Good with sushi, non-fried fish, ...and even pasta.If serving to someone who never tried sake or doe... Read More

    Wine review by yodamc2

  • Ichinokura Nama Saké Junmai Nama Nigori NV


    Excellent flavor. Hint more than subtle fruit notes... light bodied... fresh... just great. Read More

    Wine review by Quixote

  • Fuki Plum NV


    No written review

    Wine review by cinamonstick

  • Fuki Plum Wine 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by pig703

  • Shimizu-No-Mai Pure Dusk Sake


    Acrylic scent, but quickly dominated by lemongrass with a slight floral touch. Light and clean, with a smooth, gentle, warming finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Miyasaka "Yamahai 50 Nama" Ginjo NV


    Beautiful apple blossom notes on the nose. Rich and very emollient. Pear flavors dominate. Very rich and fragrant Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Akadama Plum Royal


    I have tried MANY plum wines and the Akadama is the best! Read More

    Wine review by asovey

  • Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet NV


    No written review

    Wine review by pacificdave

  • Gekkeikan Sake Gekkeikan Sake NV


    This is cold weather tradition,nicely warmed,light,clean tasting and slightly aromatic Read More

    Wine review by highpocket

  • Hiroki Tokubetsu Junmai-Fukushima NV


    No written review

    Wine review by finkelscott

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