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...

  • Diamond

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Moonstone Crossing

    Moonstone Crossing wines are made from select grapes grown in small, hillside vineyards from the ...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Don't worry about Japan time. I've got so much going on right now, and my schedule is not my own, with changes occurring most every day. I'll get to my guesses as to provenance as soon as I can.... Read More

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  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey ... the most expensive market in Japan, located in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. $30 to $50 per bottle for nasty plonk. Only thing I wanted to drink was the Bourgogne blanc, and then the Pauillac but only because it was the least bad red in the group. The nero d'avola was... Read More

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  • LOL. Greg, that Chinese wine content is what I cut and pasted from a legitimate site in Japan to surround my paean to PN for you. I'd just deleted all the spam so I couldn't C&P anything from the Chinese spambots, and couldn't be fussed to wait around. It was actually Japanese, not Chinese, language text.  ;-)And a correct translation of that fi... Read More

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  • OK so I ran some of this crap through Google translate and guess what? It ... ... ... the tradition of sake in Japan,750ml is standard in overseas such as France)2011 forecast: 1.1 billion this (2-fold) China 3 large nnShandong Province Changyu Wine (won piano awards nn Uni) Tianjin Dynasty Winery (inter su na te)China Great Wall Wine (Cor... Read More

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  • Partridge, grouse and woodcock were the other birds I later hunted after my ... will toward any of them. In Japan I've only hunted duck and wild boar (and a bear in defense), but that was awhile ago. Fishing makes a lot more sense to my recent lifestyle.RCKR, would be happy to hear any recipes and matches you recommend. Read More

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  • "Al, real Mexicans don't put cheese on their tacos. That's a ... ... ... I'm jonesing over in Japan. Got persuaded to try Taco Bell when they test-opened a couple of restaurants in Tokyo recently but OMGawd. Like some gawdawful bad acid trip example of how US fast food culture and franchising business practices have become the antiChrist destr... Read More

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  • Certainly understand earthquakes since I live in Eastern Japan and am helping run an NPO that's continuing to help children affected by the big one back in 2011. Also eat amatriciana, though when I looked in my fridge last night all I had was bacon...  ;-(Might help if you posted more info here rather than just a link. Read More

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  • The only Oregon wine I saw was quite a few lots of Torii Mor pinot noir.Torii ... winery like their idea of Japanese gardens but what is closer to a shrine precinct. 'Torii' in Japanese is those large gates in front of Shinto shrines that you're supposed to walk through on the way to the inner shrine as part of the purification process as you ... Read More

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  • Get carded frequently going into clubs in Japan, where they just need to see you have photo ID of some sort before you go in, regardless of age, in case of some incident later. Strangely enough, up through last decade never happened in the States, though can't speak for this decade. Never in Europe.Other than that, have been buying in liquor sto... Read More

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  • Good one on the Neyers syrah, RCKR. Used to buy a lot of his stuff,  ... ... at the best rum bar in Tokyo/Japan, which happens to be a few hundred meters from my place. Definitely no pop-and-pour for me...  ; Read More

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