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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  • Diamond

    History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moor...

  • Melon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Japan View all

  • 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...

  • Gascon Wine

    Don Miguel Gascón wines reflect Argentina’s rich winemaking history, capturing the true expressio...

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

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

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Japan on Snooth

  • I just found out that Japan has a 15% tax on Aussie wine which is going to be slowly removed over the next 7 years! Australia is the 6th largest exporter of wine to Japan, (Number 1 is France and number 2 is Chile)  Read More

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  • DM,found an incredibly good deal on shipping to Japan for Sirromet wines $20 flat rate per delivery!Sirromet is the largest Queensland winery. The fruit comes from the Granite Belt which is 800 to 1,000 metres above seal level. The winery is at Mount Cotton, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.http://www.sirromet.com/www/1047/1001127/displayarti... Read More

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  • Last night got a little serious. Started out simply enough with just me and a ... main importer of wines into Japan from San Marino showed up. Her office turned out to be right next to the bistro. So after I shared the nebbiolo with her she reciprocated--in spades. Eight of her Sammarinese bottles later, the three of us staggered into an upsca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sammarinese wines

  • Definitely Langtons is your premium, top end wine, reliable shipper. But they ... value, even after freight to Japan.Nick's Vintage Direct looks good. You could get a dozen magnums of Yalumba the Signature for about A$110.00 per magnum delivered to Japan (after GST and WET refund ), freight included.The Prince Wine Store has a good reputation ... Read More

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  • Currently trying to decide between margaritas and tacos for dinner, or a ... ... supposed to be. Over here in Japan the ravens/crows (crows as big as the biggest ravens) would (and do) gobble both of them up. But for that one instant on the Ventura Pier, I got where Hitchcock was coming from.Perhaps predictably, I decided to go for the margari... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Bob.  Fortunately, we have our Snooth man in Japan, DM, to give you good advice. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Members

  • Hello boberator, and welcome to Snooth!  I'm located in Tokyo (have ... know how well it works for Japan. Regardless of its efficacy, you can gain many other things from the site, particularly from participation in this Forum.When you say 'domestic' cab you're meaning Japanese? What kinds of cabs from whichever country and region have you enjo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Members

  • I'm living in Japan. I gave out my location info to be able to get info on locating good wine in my area.  I hope it works. My interest is in finding imported or domestic Cabs that are decent quality and won't destroy a teacher's budget. If any of you are in or near Fukushima Prefecture, I would love to hear from you.My wife is a white Zinfandel... Read More

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  • Zuf you rightfully pointed out that we've covered what needs to be covered ... tips. I have never tipped in Japan, ever. Here good service is expected, and pay represents that. Oldskool service employees will return tips, even to this day. The rest of Asia varies from place to place but around traveling Americans (hotels and restaurants) expec... Read More

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  • DM, I can't play this game!  I don't know anything about white ... ... to defer to you while in Japan!   Awesome photo Read More

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