About Japanese Wine

About Japanese Wine
Wine in Japan is all about sake; while some write about it being brewed in the manner of a beer, we are defining it as a wine. It is a beverage of ancient traditions that continues to be enjoyed by the elite in Japan as well as the common man - as well as consumers in many countries.

Produced from rice, a typical sake has a pale straw or silver color with aromas ranging from nougat and coconut to melon, dried pineapple and honeyed nuts. Medium-full (alcohol is around 18%), these are best enjoyed with Asian or fusion cuisine.

Sake is generally served at room temperature or slightly chilled. A sake that is heated and then served is probably not of the highest quality.

Top Picks for Japan

Sho Chiku Bai  Premium Ginjo Sake
90 points
Best Buy
An excellent example of Junmai Ginjo; complex and easy to pair.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Shichiken  Onakaya Tobin Kakoi Junmai Daiginjo Sake
90 points
A crisp, complex Junmai Daiginjo with enticing fruity aromas.
Soto  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
89 points
A round a fruity Daiginjo with a balancing yeasty note.
SakéMoto  Junmai Sake
88 points
Best Buy
Enjoy dreamy aromatics with distinctive notes of baking spices.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Sho Chiku Bai  Sho Ginjo Nigori Sake
88 points
A velvety Nigori with sweet grain notes; a good accompaniment to spicy fare.
Sho Chiku Bai  Mio Sparkling Sake
88 points
A pleasing, sweet and apple-y sparkling sake that will be lovely with the dessert course; hard seltzer drinkers need apply!
Kobe  Ginjo Style Sake
87 points
A dainty and easy drinking ginjo sake with an carefree appeal.
Sho Chiku Bai  Organic Nama Sake
87 points
Best Buy
A juicy, easy-drinking Sake that offers a good introduction to the category.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Soto  Premium Junmai Sake
86 points
An easy Sake quaffer for Sushi bar pairings; serve hot or cold.