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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • If she's likening it to malolactic, once it's tamed we're talking ... ... business changes back in Japan required some firefighting then longer term effort to change structures. Bottom line, the book got permanently shelved. I had planned to interview a couple more winemakers, and Zelma was next up at the point I had to pull the plug. Had done... Read More

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  • "smelled like a pig farm on a 100degree Central Valley day"Only ... ... the Gulf Coast or southern Japan, or a cool and damp one in northern Britain. Or maybe I'm just thinking of the southern, arid end of the Central/San Joaquin  Valley, not up north where there is some humidity. ;-)And I sure know what you're talking about regarding those cr... Read More

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  • Sheesh, is that all?Seein' some very interesting vertical vs. horizontal ... Rhone options over here in Japan. Only issue, unfortunately, is pric Read More

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  • Lots of people who drink sherry in Tokyo. And a hell of a lot easier to find ... ... of the wine market in Japan, I suppose.So Greg, do I sense you working yourself up into a mood to moonlight at a wineshop in SD?  "San Diego is just kind of like that unfortunately. There's a decent music scene, and some good food, weather, but it's the surf/... Read More

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  • DM, if you enter "Drought" in the "Search the Snooth Forum" ... ... I don't know about Japa Read More

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  • Don't have to go that far within Japan to get even greater differences. HUGE dialect differences within only a hundred kilometers or two.I was wondering how GregT was suffering the shock of moving from Brooklyn to San Diego... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • But then, JD, Okinawa is part of Japan.  ;-)Would be interested in their survey methodology. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • Welcome back D!Good to see you posting, and sounds like a great cause ... ... there was a segment on how Japan ranks near the bottom and is plummeting. Meanwhile, Okinawa is near the to Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • Thanks, NG. Gallivanting was--as it's supposed to be--fun, but did see a ... a ... play for all kids in Japan (something sorely lacking these days), but now plenty of need just in Honshu's NorthEast. Fukushima City just yanked out all playsets, wood and metal, because of fallout issues, so kids that were told to stay inside for a couple years... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Brown Bag Wine Club


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