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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Melon

    In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what ...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Moonstone Crossing

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

  • 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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  • Many types of anthropologists and other interested parties claim that ... and ... and social classes (though Japan gives them a run for the money). So I'm guessing the UK's Chief Medical Officer may be influenced more by that than pure science. Here's an excerpt from an article in The Telegraph about further clarification of her position:Engla... Read More

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  • If I had only those options, I'd probably let the human race go to hell. ... ... you had people from Japan, the US, and elsewhere participating in an event that started out as a bar bet. Most of them didn't know or really care about wine, much less Beaujolais.Dubouef jumped on it and made a fortune. In the process, he also kept a lot of viney... Read More

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  • Hakutsuru Plum


    A friend introduced us on Christmas and Ive been hooked every since. This wine is sultry, sweet, full of robust body, a bit bubbly but lays well on the tongue. Its a definite must buy Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise

  • So are you based in Chile? I'm currently in Japan.What kinds of wines do you enjoy drinking? Read More

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