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酒 is the Chinese character, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji that means alcohol.
This can refer to wine (esp. rice wine), liquor, spirits, sake, or to alcoholic beverages in general.
In the west, we tend to say "sake" to mean Japanese rice wine, however, this character is a little ambiguous in Japanese. It literally just means alcohol, and is often pronounced "shu" in Japanese. Specifically, in Japanese, you might want to ask for "seishu" or 清酒 to get the sake that you are used to in the west. Seishu literally means "clear alcohol."
葡萄酒 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for wine.
Very specifically, this is for grape wine (an important distinction in Asia where most wine was rice-based until western influences came into play).
The first word, 葡萄 literally means grape (or grapevine), and 酒 means alcohol (generic term for alcohol, sake, wine, liquor).
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your wine alcohol sake search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| jiǔ / jiu3
| wine (esp. rice wine); liquor; spirits; alcoholic beverage; CL:杯[bei1],瓶[ping2],罐[guan4],桶[tong3],缸[gang1]
alcohol; sake; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) alcohol; sake; (surname) Zake; (surname) Sake; (surname) Saka
surā; maireya; madya. Wine, alcoholic liquor; forbidden to monks and nuns by the fifth commandment.
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Wine / Alcohol / Sake
| yù jiǔ / yu4 jiu3
| imperial wine; sacred wine
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) sacred wine or sake; sake offered to the gods; sacred wine or sake; sake offered to the gods; (polite language) alcohol; sake; (personal name) Miki
| washu わしゅ
|| traditional Japanese alcohol (primarily sake, but also shochu and fruit wine)
| yǐn jiǔ / yin3 jiu3
| to drink wine
(noun/participle) drinking alcohol (sake)
| jiǔ hú / jiu3 hu2
| wine pot; wine cup
sake jar; jar containing alcohol
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|酒||sake / shu||jiǔ / jiu3 / jiu||chiu|
|Wine||葡萄酒||bu dou shu / bu dou sake|
budoushu / budousake
bu do shu / bu do sake
|pú tao jiǔ
pu2 tao5 jiu3
pu tao jiu
|p`u t`ao chiu
pu tao chiu
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