Categories > Wines for visiting your Japanese friend's home
You should probably not spend more than 3,000 yen so browsing in our 2,000 to 2,999 yen category might be a good start. The reason you should not spend more than 3,000 yen is that the Japanese are very sensitive to the amount of financial effort you made for bringing them a present so if you overdo it they might feel pressured to give you something back in return.
The Japanese culture is very much connected to nature and the four seasons are sacred to the Japanese. They would probably appreciate very much your effort if you choose something that fits the season. You may choose a rose or fresh white wine in spring, a white wine in summer, a light fresh red wine in autumn and a full bodied red wine in winter. Sparkling wine goes for all seasons so if you are not sure what to do, go with a sparkling wine.
If you know what kind of food your host will be serving then it might be a good idea to browse through our food categories and find something that matches.
The gift you are bringing shows something about your personality. As you should know already, the Japanese value moderation and modesty so probably it is not such a good idea to bring a very expensive wine or a wine that just won the golden medal at a Japanese wine contest. Leave these wines for other occasions. In stead focus on something that might enhance the value of the food the host is preparing or something that is rare but inexpensive. The wine you choose should not be dull and it should make for a good conversation.