I drank sake for a while, ( mainly as i lived near an Asian supermarket ). It isn't particularly nice, but the more expensive varieties are notably more palatable. It's made from inedible varieties of rice and it's not a true wine as it's manufactured in breweries, although the brewing process differs from western beer. I was told the Japanese drink it hot in the winter and cold in the summer. I only ever drank it cold.
I've spent a lot of money on whisky and women, the rest i squandered