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 ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Gekkeikan Sake

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

  • 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...

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  • Yo D - ain't no scaring!One could Google weird wine facts and find a lot of ... say they're common in Japan too? Amazing. I never knew that. I associate the Japanese with cameras, not burros. But that's truly the beauty of the internet - we learn all the tim Read More

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  • "Wine-buro" are fairly common now in Japanese "onsen". o-furo (or buro) are baths, and onsen are hotspring bath resorts. I just had one in a 3rd-tier hotspring in Yamanashi when I was doing a survey across the prefecture of orphanages for an NPO I'm assisting. If they have them there, they have them all over the place. Hakone is close to Tokyo i... Read More

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  • Hello everyone, As my first contribution to the forum I wanted to touch ... tastes. 2) In Hakone, Japan, there is a spa where guests can bathe in a pool of tea, coffee and most It is not a rare occurrence to see members of staff walk over to the pool and pour a bottle of wine directly into it to impress guests. Thank you in... Read More

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  • Hey, I had no problem with that blog link. At all. Was just curious because it had a Japanese domain, and I'm in Japan right now. Read More

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  • So Namra, should I take it you're based in Japan? What got you to try your hand at blogging, and what are your aims for your blog? Read More

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  • Definitely an Australian thing!  An anthropologically distinctive sense of ... of ... (first one ever in Japan, they claim). I'll admit the clincher was them offering me a first-timer 10% off as I was pondering the option near their front door. Jerk chicken-like dish with grits and root vegetables. Corn and tomato salad on the side. So ended u... Read More

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  • I just found out that Japan has a 15% tax on Aussie wine which is going to be slowly removed over the next 7 years! Australia is the 6th largest exporter of wine to Japan, (Number 1 is France and number 2 is Chile)  Read More

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  • DM,found an incredibly good deal on shipping to Japan for Sirromet wines $20 flat rate per delivery!Sirromet is the largest Queensland winery. The fruit comes from the Granite Belt which is 800 to 1,000 metres above seal level. The winery is at Mount Cotton, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Read More

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  • Last night got a little serious. Started out simply enough with just me and a ... main importer of wines into Japan from San Marino showed up. Her office turned out to be right next to the bistro. So after I shared the nebbiolo with her she reciprocated--in spades. Eight of her Sammarinese bottles later, the three of us staggered into an upsca... Read More

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  • Definitely Langtons is your premium, top end wine, reliable shipper. But they ... value, even after freight to Japan.Nick's Vintage Direct looks good. You could get a dozen magnums of Yalumba the Signature for about A$110.00 per magnum delivered to Japan (after GST and WET refund ), freight included.The Prince Wine Store has a good reputation ... Read More

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