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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  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Sounds like a great fundraising event, and I wish you the best of luck with it. ... with it. I'm living in Japan right now so can't be of help with bottles of wine. Currently I'm helping build up an NPO over here where we install playgrounds, parks and other spaces in communities where kids have had poor or even no chances for outdoor freeplay.... Read More

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  • Fuki Plum Wine 2013

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    Wine review by JessiTrouble


  • Hakutsuru Plum Wine NV

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    My absolute favorite plum wine! Read More

    Wine review by FrenchTwist


  • Hakutsuru Plum

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    One of my favorites. Smooth, sweet, and fragrant! Read More

    Wine review by FrenchTwist


  • Interesting history about poutine. California healthy eating exists side by ... probably easier to find in Japan than it is here though. It's not that there's all that much imported anywhere - there's not a huge market in the US, but it's available here and there in places like NYC so that's where I source. And I must say, they've been improvi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • So clearly they market beer differently in Japan than in the US. I can't believe that label would sell a single six pack here!For that seafood, I'd bring a good white, probably N. Spain but actually a Greek wine would be great too. If they could chill it for you.As far as the poutine goes, I think there's some kind of movement to get that to be ... Read More

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  • Would rather have a good Salisbury steak. We need GDP here to talk about ... ... ... not easy to source in Japan. Spain easier, but Italian and French easier yet. Even South African and Australian. Not really considering Chilean as an option but just talking here about what's most easily available at stores here if we source from the marketpl... Read More

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  • Ah yes the bonus image looks a lot like a Ridge ad or support picture now ... ... made it extra tough at first.Japan? Now I get why we weren't supposed to get it, good to know there are vines ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • They've had vitis vinifera in Japan for 1200+ years, thanks to the Silk Road. Unfortunately conditions here are difficult (particularly mold and mildew), and it's only since the 20th century, and the latter part of it at that,  that they've really made any effort on wine.Japan is a whole different country when it comes to wine, unfortunately. Th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • It's either milk or lemon. Never both. Unless you want to let it sit for ... They don't sell it in Japan.Yeah, people go for a pick me up around 3 or a little later in Japan (even have a name for it, 'o-sanji'). Usually tea and a sweet in an office environment, though can be fruit or other things with some protein when at home or out. Earlier ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea


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