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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Though I managed by being offshore most of the '80s to miss every single ... change after a solid week of Japanese, was shocked at such good, fresh-ingredient Italian here, and was floored by the wine of course, but then I've always somehow been able to shock that family with good wine they didn't know about in whatever country we've ended up ... Read More

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  • Plenty of good but also plenty of dross in Walla Walla. Same as anywhere, and ... all the beverage makers in Japan, even though a number of people think it makes the best beer among the majors. Without research have no idea what they might have invested in overseas at some point or anothe Read More

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  • So DM, after all that freedom why do you not make it out of Japan more often? Read More

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  • Good link, JD.Was wondering about other countries/regions than France and North ... ... have been identified in Japan and Korea that attack flowering and food plants. Since research is so recent on these bacteria-with-no-walls, that can morph into all sorts of shapes, it'll be interesting to see what else we learn in the near future.Any of the... Read More

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  • Greg, would sometimes see them into the '80s, too, even in cellars but more ... ... starred restaurant in Japan.DV, I have given and received them as gifts on multiple occasions, though the last occurrence was well more than a decade ago. No need to rain on Sipcellar's parade. Setting aside the issue of what a proper price should be, I'd rathe... Read More

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  • Kourtaki with its recognizable-across-the-room yellow label is, again, most ... ... pretty well stuck in Japan. Someday Read More

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  • Assume, OT, that's a descendent of the 'Golitely' I had to use ... ... days. They have versions in Japan, now, that are same morning only, with much lesser volume. Read More

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  •  Obtain  Passport ,birth certs,Driving License,ID Cards, ... ... Africa,Spain,United Kingdom.Japan when producing; magnetic encoded strips and/or scan able bar-code. UV-spectrum analysis test standards,magnetic strip.Buy perfect counterfeit money with holograms and all security features available. Indistinguishable to the eye and to touch . SH... Read More

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  •  Obtain  Passport ,birth certs,Driving License,ID Cards, ... ... Africa,Spain,United Kingdom.Japan when producing; magnetic encoded strips and/or scan able bar-code. UV-spectrum analysis test standards,magnetic strip.Buy perfect counterfeit money with holograms and all security features available. Indistinguishable to the eye and to touch . SH... Read More

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  • DM, can't imagine what all you're experiencing over there but sounds ... ... of a nuclear plant in Japan since Fukushima.Finishing the evening with a selection from Yadkin Valley. Interesting but not great North Carolina dessert wine made from Chambourcin. Just a touch of stewed prunes and cooked blueberries on the nose. On the palate is ripe... Read More

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