'Sake' can have two meanings - when heard outside of Japan, it's generally used to mean traditional Japanese rice wine (the Japanese call this 'nihonshu', which literally means 'Japanese alcohol'). In Japanese, 'sake' just means alcohol in general.
Plum wine is not the same as rice wine, as it's (surprise, surprise) made with plums! (although it can be made partly with nihonshu) The Japanese phrase for plum wine is 'umeshu'. There's an Asian market on Drury St. in Dublin city centre that has umeshu, among other tasty beverages.
Last edited by FruitLover; 04-03-2009 at 23:39.