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Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com.

For Melinda Joe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ginza sushi restaurant tests Champagne pairing

| Jan 13, 2017

Ginza sushi restaurant tests Champagne pairing

Nothing says “festive” like Champagne, that most elegant of elixirs. The drink’s life-affirming effervescence makes it a natural choice for New Year’s celebrations, but Champagne pairs so well with many of my favorite foods that I drink it far more often than once a ...

Rating, ranking — and ruining? — Japanese sake

| Oct 7, 2016

Rating, ranking — and ruining? — Japanese sake

On Aug. 31, the Wine Advocate, a publication started by the influential U.S.-based wine critic Robert Parker, released its first “official” ratings guide to sake with reviews written by Chinese critic Liwen Hao. Parker, who gained fame for creating the 100-point scoring system widely ...