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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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 ...

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  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS ... my time in the Navy.  Japan, Australia, South America-Chile mostly, Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and England - those are where I learned about wines. Those places were much different as a civilian.  But that's another story.                            ... Read More

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  • I won't drag my father, a ceramic engineer, into the discussion too ... ... The industry moved, first to Japan, then to Korea and now who knows?  His employee and good friend moved to Nagasaki in 1970 to follow the business.  Unless of course you worked on smaller boats or in drydocks repairing boats, the business went overseas that long ago. ... Read More

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  • I've got some fungus on my feet that is even older, and traces its roots ... ... or some prefecture in Japan) are these wells?  You say you are in Turkey, but what kind of project is going on? Not really sure that this makes any sense--if there's value to the yeast, wouldn't you be talking to one of these labs about purifying and commercializ... Read More

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  • But tell me more about that specific cat, please, Al. A rather touching look in ... greater Tokyo areas, though Japan is well behind the US in this area. Whenever I set down a plate of cheese to have with wine or usquebaugh at home these days, my 17 1/2 year old female rescue (at 6wks of age) cat comes running. I have to share. So I know animal... Read More

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  • 2007 in Burgundy has been considered all this decade, to the extent stock still ... ... much less places like Japa Read More

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  • Saturday morning. Isn't that like last week in Japan or its it like tomorrow? I get so confused.RIP. Read More

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  • Doubt it's just for the Super Bowl. Although I know some folks are busy ... the Bell Labs equivalent in Japan, during a previous life back during the '80s. I know that world well. Thus my on-going skepticism  about when 'proof' is just not there and what can be stretched and what shouldn't.Anyway, I'm sure this subject is boring to others. Let... Read More

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  • At around the turn of the millennium I had over 3500 bottles in passive ... ... wine, half Sake) from the Japan Wine Challenge...   ; Read More

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  • I suppose the 'GSM' identifier was a play on acronyms.  Kind of ... programs that Germany and Japan had going as they faced the stark reality of failure.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.Oh, last night we had Sandra's parents over for dinner (our usual Wednesday thing, but more often now at our house where Sandra can cook), and it ... Read More

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  • Growing up fishing from boats off the coast of Santa ... mackerel and sardines. In Japan such fish are colloquially categorized as 'aoi sakana' (blue fish), and a number of people have allergies to them, including my ex-wife and to a lesser extent younger daughter.  Don't want to meet this baby (or its surviving siblings) in the water. Nor eat ... Read More

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