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Alcohol sales fall worldwide, but with recovery to follow, predicts the IWSR

Published:  31 May, 2019

Global alcohol consumption fell back by 1.6% in 2018, according to new data from the IWSR, with some 27.6 billion nine-litre cases being consumed.


Japan: ready to launch

Published:  13 March, 2019

Thanks to two key trade deals, Japan has increased its reach to a billion people so far in 2019. Jo Gilbert looks at the knock-on effect for the country’s drinkable exports


Wines of Japan: Harpers takes a closer look at what the country has to offer

Published:  08 November, 2018

Japan has had a boost in winemaking productivity over the past decade, particularly among smaller, artisanal producers who are now leading the charge for quality and innovation. We took a closer look at a country which is focusing outwards on growing its reputation and inwards on winemaking expertise.


Japan prepares to take on the world at second Wines of Japan tasting

Published:  07 November, 2018

As Japan continues to make waves in whisky, pushing outwards with its own distinctive style and winning awards left, right and centre, wine is poised to follow suit. Harpers joined Sarah Abbott MW at a recent Wines of Japan tasting – the follow-up to the inaugural UK event in February this year. We discovered a country ready to build on the newly signed free trade deal with Europe and take on the wine world.


Chile hits the spot with Japanese wine drinkers as they switch from Old to New World

Published:  05 September, 2018

The notion that wine consumption in Japan is primarily limited to Old World countries has shifted with research revealing a clear focus on the New World.


Major sake festival pins down first date in London

Published:  23 July, 2018

The Joy of Sake, the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan, has announced the date of its first-ever London date.


SWA heads to Japan to insulate trade against Brexit

Published:  31 August, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) chief executive Karen Betts is this week joining the Prime Minister Theresa May and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox on a business delegation to Japan to ensure that trade  opportunities aren’t scuppered by Brexit.


Sake brewery aims to revitalise whisky operations

Published:  23 January, 2017

The Wakatsuru Shuzo sake brewery is to reinvest in whisky production again following a round of crowdfunding.


Koshu London wine tasting enters eighth year

Published:  21 December, 2016

Koshu of Japan has announced the date of its eighth annual London wine tasting.


Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.


Kyoto Distillery granted production licence to produce Japan's first gin

Published:  19 August, 2016

Japan's first artisan gin producer, The Kyoto Distillery, has been granted a production licence, to begin producing its inaugural release KI NO BI Dry Gin.


Premium yuzu liqueur from Isake International goes on sale in Selfridges

Published:  30 March, 2016

Isake International has announced the launch of a new premium yuzu liqueur, which will be available through Selfridges from next month.


Hallgarten marks International Women's Day with Women With Bottle promotion

Published:  07 March, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has launched a three-month promotion celebrating women winemakers to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.


Renewed investment in Japanese wine as beer sales contract

Published:  26 January, 2016

Japan's drinks manufacturers are exploring the potential for winemaking in the country as the nation's drinkers turn away from beer, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review.


Q&A: Footballer Hidetoshi Nakata talks sake

Published:  21 January, 2016

Anna Greenhous, talks to one of the greatest Japanese footballers of all time, Hidetoshi Nakata, about retiring and becoming an international sake ambassador.


London welcomes seventh annual Japanese Koshu wine tasting

Published:  08 January, 2016

The seventh annual Koshu of Japan tasting will take place in London next month.


Insights: The state of the sake market today

Published:  22 December, 2015

Looking at the recent history of the sake trade - the boom in sake, and sudden falling out of fashion in Japan which has resulted in the closure of 100s of sake breweries. Which types of sake Brewery survived? How have sake producers changed to meet different market conditions? Anna Greenhaus reports


Q&A: Philip Harper, the only non-Japanese Toji in Japan talks about what it takes to become a sake master brewer

Published:  16 September, 2015

Philip Harper grew up in Cornwall and upon graduating from Oxford University moved to Japan to teach English and in 2001, he passed the Nanbu Brewer's Guild exams to become the first and only foreign Toji, or master sake brewer. 


Analysis: Anna Greenhous asks why competitions are boosting sake's image

Published:  21 July, 2015

Sake's popularity is growing apace. Anna Greenhous take a look at how understanding of the category is changing with the help of international competitions


Beam Suntory marks launch of new Hibiki whisky with world first event in London

Published:  06 July, 2015

A London gallery is to be the first venue in the world to host an interactive tasting experience for a new Japanese whisky.