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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Melon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Moonstone Crossing

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

  • Gekkeikan Sake

    This is one Hidden Treasures in Sacramento you don’t want to miss out on. Gekkeikan Sake offers c...

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  • VB is nasty but popular - all its advertising targets working class ... beer ... beer ratio for cans/glass in Japa Read More

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  • "D - what is the rough beer ratio for cans/glass in Japan?"Really hard to find any figures on the Web (and yes I'm researching in Japanese). Only data I've been able to find are from 10 to 20 years ago, and not exactly relevant. Cans overtook bottles in the beer market in the mid '90s. By the end of last decade the decline in bottle use had flat... Read More

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  • What do you think about wine bathing. Have you ever tried it?The picture does ... in Hakone, Japan, the one-of-a-kind spa lets its customers "cleanse"themselves in an assortment of unusual hot tubs including green tea, sake, coffee,and red wine.Wine spas with wine-based treatments can be found across the globe but the spawhich is part of an amu... Read More

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  • Craft Beer craze is everywhere. Certainly the US, and Japan, too. The first Japanese craft beer wave back in 2000 ended up a bit of an over-supply/under-demand wipeout, with too much mediocre beer washing around, but this one looks to be deeper and longer-lasting. Read More

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  • Nice website and excellent info on Japanese wine - thanks! Eco Tours Japan offers some fun and interesting winery and wine tasting tours in Japan. You can discover Koshu wine while exploring the many wineries in Katsunuma. check them out here - http://ecotoursjapan.com/winery-wine-tasting.html

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  • Maybe with all the Snoothers retiring you should organise a trip to Australia and we D down from Japan and do Aussie wine road trip Read More

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  • Maybe that's why the labels and containers are so similar without ... ... through the ether.Over in Japan, the best commercial mayonnaise is named after this guy,  And boy does its mayonnaise namesake get lots of perhaps unconventional uses, this being only the entry to obsessive mayo overuse. Plus US mayo tends to be fluffier, lighter, more w... Read More

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  • Drizzling olive oil over the roasted veggies make them even more friendly to ... to ... for awhile.Living in Japan and having traveled extensively in Asia there are a lot of traditional options for me. Unfortunately many don't match well with wine, IMHO, and I'll part ways with Richard when talking about miso and wine, unless it's only a mild... Read More

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  • Had some Beaujolais Blanc last night that an experienced wine person was ... ... ... from pre-Zen Buddhism in Japan, maybe 1300 yrs ago. This is the Buddha that purports to save the world.Here're a couple later faces of Buddhas that heal. Tight, well-groomed dreads, too!  Then there's this guy who sits outdoors in Kamakura and is well known ou... Read More

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  • Stagecoach has a bit of a cachet here in Japan amongst certain drinkers (responding to marketeering, of course), but I've never been particularly impressed.Never any danger of the kids continuing the business? Or do they just see big dollar signs with a G behind them, similar to the family sellout over in Burgundy that JD reported on recently? Read More

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  • Thanks for the perspective, Stephen. Knew a little of the Hunter backstory ... ... to know the importer into Japan for the Tulloch and AMON-Ra wines. The Miranda wine I got 'gratis' when I helped out on an event a few years back and got paid in kind rather than monetary recompense.Am with you on the AMON-Ra comments, too, since back when I fir... Read More

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  • In the last few years, the number of marketing terms associated with a bottle of wine seems to be increasing. These days, you've a wide variety of possibilities. A $3 generic box of wine is one thing. An costly bottle worth thousands of dollars can also be found. Sorting through the vocabulary on a bottle is the first step to buying the right w...

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  • Difficulty of shipping of Sake hinders our exportation. (Japanese low, and keeping of quality) Enjoy aroma, taste, and the art when you visit japan.

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  • My roommate received a 2- pak of Kobe Japan DUET White Dry & Red Sweet wine ( .375 ltrs) from a company called SAKURAMASAMUNE Co. LTD. What are the qualities of these wines and should we age then a little. What food are they best with? Mike

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