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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • Moonstone Crossing

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

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  • Nothing gadgety or cutesy, but a good decanter is always appreciated. These are ... a few hotspring resorts in Japan have wine baths. You can buy powdered bath salts in Japan to replicate the experience at home.    Then, of course, there's OT's favorite WINEBOOTIE!  If I'd been part of the Secret Santa op this year, I probably would've bought t... Read More

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  • "What, the internet doesn't work in Japan? ;)"Obviously it doesn't! Didn't you recognize this message delivery by carrier pigeon? Other factors in play, too, limiting my ability to participate. "We'll pm with those details eh?"Now I finally think DV may be Canuck. Wasn't sure so far...   Read More

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  • "I can't help owing to my remote location, but if no one steps up, ... internet doesn't work in Japan? Read More

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  • Zuf,The book sounds like a great idea, but don't go to Japan to try Canadian wine.  Victoria is MUCH more convenient!  :) Read More

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  • Have had it several times before. Personally I'm not a big fan of ... has ... has been around for years in Japan, which after WWII became something of a whisky drinking country for salaried employees unwinding after long workdays with something other than Sake or beer (though that has changed over the most recent generation and I'd be surprise... Read More

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  • Plenty of market for snake liquor in Asia. Valued for the strength and stamina ... ... pit viper from southern Japan, some species down into Taiwan and SE Asia; shuu: alcoholic beverage, originally including Sake and distilled white liquors, now covering everything from overseas, too, in the generic sense). Apparently the snakes used to be bi... Read More

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  • A sad state of affairs when the 'best deal' is $55. Frankly absurd and ... was helping people import to Japan). When you have all the money in the world (or what seems like it to you) then you can ignore inflationary bubbles and the like, but when budgets are lower you start seeing things, perhaps, more clearly. The better CA wine priced itsel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Have had both the NV and the vintage brut several times. Relatively easy to find up in Japan, where I currently reside. Haven't had the blend with shiraz in it but even before your warning I wouldn't have particularly wanted to.In this marketplace, view it as a step up from most cavas and proseccos (though not the very best of them). I haven't h... Read More

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  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria ... decades, even over here in Japan. Frankly, I prefer riesling, but I like MT better than sylvaner (which I do occasionally drink), so it does have its place for me depending on my mood and what's available. I tend to drink all of those wines straight, and not in tha... Read More

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  • Very well done piece, Lucha! Kudos to the referee!Reading between the lines I ... ... and weaving its way to Japan, too. Read More

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