Rice Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of rice starch converted to sugars. The fermentation process is similar to beer, with the exception that rice wine's fermentation involves amylolytic processes. The alcohol content of rice wine is higher than that of regular wines or beers, sitting on average at 20%% alcohol content (40 Proof). Typically found in the East, rice wine is used in a variety of Asian flavored cuisines.
It is commonly packaged in smaller, thicker bottles, kept at room temperature. The texture of rice wine is lighter, more similar to liquor.
Selecting and Buying
Using online merchants can be very useful when trying to obtain imported high quality rice wines.
Preparation and Use
Rice wine is used both in drinking and cooking, although those used for cooking have lower alcohol content.
In cooking, rice wine is used to tenderize meat and seafood marinades, and to impart flavor to food. Rice wine even forms the basis of an herbal soup meant to help new mothers recover quickly after giving birth.
Conserving and Storing
Store rice wine at room temperature preferably out of the light. When opened, rice wine is typically good for up to 2 weeks, but this all depends on the quality of your wine. Drinking rice wines will typically be consumed between 1-3 days after opening. A proper top will affect this.