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A taste of Japan

It may surprise you to know that vines have been cultivated in Japan for at least a thousand years, although the country’s wine industry didn’t begin to blossom until the 1860s in Yamanashi Prefecture. Today wine is made in 36 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, with quality production focused on the Koshu grape.

Pink-skinned Koshu makes wines in a variety of styles. With such diversity, it’s not surprising that Koshu has become a popular choice

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