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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  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

    KIZAN WINERY is a small family-operated winery. For more than 75 years, Tsuchiya's family has bee...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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


  • Thanks for the thoughts all. Have seemed to notice tea leaves tasting better, ... between lunch and dinner in Japan? I remember hearing that recently.Still not feeling well, so ordered english breakfast tea with breakfast. Definitely some more to this, flavor, tannins, gently bitter, etc. I threw in a splash of half and half that was regrettab... Read More

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  • Had a conversation some time ago with GregT about teas. I'm as much a ... ... good breakfast places, since Japan (and many other Asian countries) has never properly gotten into that. Don't need French Press, at all, good drip can be good. At home I do filter, and occasionally espresso. Mark, your place sounds like something that would be worth... Read More

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  • Or you can decide on a location in France or Spain or Italy that you want to ... professionals over here in Japan. I had to stop myself from laughing through my nose. Read More

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  • Micking, welcome.  What Emark said is correct in summing up everyone ... ... sportscar that you drove in Japan in the late 60s called the Fairlady Z, you would have been out of luck in the US.  Datsun determined that name wasn't really going to be a strong seller, so they renamed it the 240Z.  It did pretty well under that name and was, for mo... Read More

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  • Stand by my statement, OT, especially after the dozen or more different ... in ... in dozens of industries in Japan and similar marketplaces, not just for wine. Personally I can think of maybe a hundred French and South African SB's I'd lean towards before I'd consider that one, even were budget no issue. It's an example of furriners being tak... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Well if you have regular access to fresh mahi-mahi (though my experience with ... that they have a bad rep in Japan, so you never see them in the market. Apparently whenever fishermen would encounter floating bodies there would often be shiira/dorado/dolphinfish/mahimahi feeding on them underneath. When you go to high-class traditional restaur... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • "We're off to Japan! Meet the winemakers of In Pursuit of Balance in Osaka on 4/14 and Tokyo on 4/16" ~ Jasmine Hirsch No excuses D, we want a report.   Read More

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