Sake is many times referred to in English as a rice wine but in Japanese sake or o-sake refers to alcoholic drinks in general as the Japanese term for this beverage is “Nihonshu” (日本酒) which means “Japanese alcohol. Sake has basically four ingredients; rice, water, yeast and koji (a mould).

As Sake is a beverage fermented from rice, which is a grain, this would in one way make sake more of a beer, but flavor-wise sake is much more closer to wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally which is present in fruit, sake is made through another brewing process.