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...

  • 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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  • Good to see you back, Terence.Had another '96 Les Forts at the end of the ... ... labels easy to get in Japan) Gran Reserva 2005, tonight. Was leftovers night so I made a risotto with the remains of a baby squid, tomato, garlic, leek and green olive stew. Excellent match, and the wine had benefited from also being leftover, since it was the 2... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cune, pronounced C.V.N.E, not...

  • DM, now you're speaking my language!  Damn, it's 6:40 am and my ... that photo!Oh, BC is full of Japanese right-hand drive vehicles!  I guess there's some importer bringing them over when they hit their limit in Japan (mileage limit? Read More

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  • Got it wrong, Greg. I sell them '82s. Case lots. Unfortunately currently ... DV. Also shipped a bunch to Japan. And other places, too. Sometimes even container lot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??

  • DM,You actually took all your wine to Japan? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??

  • :)  DM, I promise you great wine if you ever leave Japan.  (I didn't say wine of the "decade"!)This was a surprise.  I've had the 2005 legacy, which was good.  OT said the 2006 I gave him was "good", which coming from him is a HUGE compliment :)  I can't say enough  about this one though.  I have the 2008 in my fridge and it's a totally inverse ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Japanese plum wine can be delicious, even though it isn't wine the way we ordinarily talk about it here. It's made from steeping green plums in 'white liquor' (a Japanese version of white lightning, but basically a cousin of soju), or alternatively in Sake. One is distilled (the soju) and one is brewed like beer (the Sake). In addition to the fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everyone

  • "the URL is www.lompoctrail.com.  See if you can get there by typing ... a number of customers from Japan. Not now with that notice, though.I could chase down a proxy server to use, of course, but too much trouble on this holiday (Japan shuts down from roughly Dec 30th to Jan 4th every year; Tokyo will be the quietest and its air the cleanest ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast

  • Where was your link to, Mark?  LOL, check what I got when I clicked on ... must think Japan is North Korea...  Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast

  • I was thinking particularly of River Road scenes from '95 and ... issues like mudslides in Japan happen from new housing in areas along rivers and related hillsides where people had the sense to never build before, but now are doing so for economic reasons, land being so scarce in Japan. And of course tsunami protection, too. The massively bad ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Aside from the absurd bottle and label, what I want to know is why the ... ... bags and product labels in Japan, where they don't even bother to reference a dictionary when throwing out English words and phrases...  Fox, I wouldn't give away too many of those faux d'Yquem bottles until you've had one. You might just want to keep more than you ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?...

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