Wine is made by fermenting the sugar in grapes into alcohol. Sake is made by fermenting the sugar in rice into alcohol. Hence, sake is often referred to as rice wine. So that’s the what and the how. As for the where, sake comes from Japan. And as to the why: because it’s delicious and extremely versatile.\nSake is made in a wide range of styles, but fortunately, you can tell a lot about a given bottle based on its label. For example, the words “Ginjo” and “Daiginjo” both denote fragrant sake with fruity and floral aromas. These are at the premium end of the spectrum, and should be served lightly chilled or at room temperature so their flavors aren’t dampened. Meanwhile, “Honjozo” sakes are savory and earthy, and should be served at any temperature you like.