Today was a big day on Sake Cruise 2009! Not only is today our first day “at sea” (i.e. no ports of call – sailing the open ocean all day) but today was also my first Sake Seminar for the Guests aboard the Seven Seas mariner as well as an informal staff training. The day […]
I won’t lie – last night, our first evening on board, was rough! 15 foot waves were bouncing us around and I even heard the experienced crew complaining of sea sickness. Choppy waters out the window were cresting white and loud. “Will the entire two weeks to Japan be like this?”, I couldn’t help but […]
After seemingly endless hours in the air, an overnight in Achorage and a three hour bus ride, I finally arrived at our sake cruise ship in Seward, Alaska. We’re sailing on the Seven Seas Mariner and it sure was an impressive site catching the first glimpse of the ship as we approached the dock. I’ve […]
The “Rach’ to the Rescue” van featured on the Rachel Ray Show visited Sake One in Orgeon. Here is a video clip from there visit. It gives you a real flavor of the place. You can see the brewing takes and a bit of the production methods used at our country’s only American owned and […]
Union Sq Wines & Spirits doesn’t showcase sake very often, but when they do, it’s a doosie! I recently attended their late summer 2009 “Sake Brewer’s Showcase”. It a jam packed collection of the best sake from Five different importers: World Sake Imports Mutual Trading Company Prestige Sake SENA Niigata Sake ASPEC Akita Sake The […]
Don’t know how I missed it, but I just came across this great video of Sake Maestro Chris Johnson discussing all things sake with Saveur Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Oseland at the Asia Society, filmed December 1, 2008. Chris is a great guy and a super knowledgeable sake dude. This video is well worth a look!
Life in New York City can really be tough sometimes. Cramped subways, runaway taxis, even malicious pigeons… It’s enough to make even the most dedicated city slicker want to escape into a day dream. Thinking about some of the wonderful, exotic and relaxing escapes life has to offer can really soothe the soul. For example, […]
Here is a short video to share with you one of my favorite things about drinking cup sake… Enjoy!
It seems everyone in Japan knows the anime “Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro“. Created by the famous Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki (æ°´æœ¨ ã—ã’ã‚‹), Kitaro has had a wide impact on Japanese Popular culture. So much so that Chiyomusubi Sake brewery, located in Mizuki-san’s native Totori, produced special cup sakes dedicated to several of the characters in Mizuki-san’s […]
Our friend Chizuko-Niikawa-Helton of SakeDiscoveries.com is a famous Sake Sommelier and a fan of “cup sake”. I recently caught up with Chizuko-san at the beautiful
I first met Todd Bellomy in 2007 when he contacted me through my website with a friendly email. Todd is a cool guy who is fluent in Japanese, a master beer brewer, and a gifted home sake brewer. Todd has always been so generous with his sake knowledge, it was no surprise to me when […]
Did you know that there is a cup sake competition held each year in Tokyo, Japan? It’s like the Oscars of one cup sake and every year a new winner emerges to claim the champions “cup”! The award is actually shaped more light an old time-y Edison light bulb than a sake cup, but it […]
I first discovered Maki Osugi’s ‘One Cup Sake’ Blog, bq69 collectibles, when I was searching the internet looking for any information I could find about Japanese one cup style sake.
You can’t imagine my surprise when I wrote to Maki-san and discovered he spoke fluent english! Below is the interview!
I recently attended a fantastic sake event sponsored by Nishimoto Trading at Megu Tribeca. I got Interviewed by MTV and below is the result. I’m the only one in the whole video without subtitles! Check it out: mtviggy.com | japanese
‘One Cup Sake’ Matsuri at Soba Totto UrbanSake.com and Kanpai NY are pleased to present… One Cup Sake Night at Soba Totto on Thursday July 16th at 7:00. Please join us as we celebrate One Cup Sake Week (July 13th – 19th) on UrbanSake.com – featuring reviews and commentary on the best one cup sakes […]
I recently downloaded John Gauntner’s new ebook “Sake’s Hidden Stories“. John is world famous as “the sake guy” and if anyone has the insight to find the behind the scenes scoop on the reclusive sake world, he does. This ebook was a great read and if your interested in learning more, not only about sake, […]
‘One Cup Sake’ Week is coming to UrbanSake.com. Below is a quick promo video I made to promote all of our Online events during ‘One Cup Sake’ week. Want to try One Cup Sake in Person? UrbanSake.com and Kanpai NY are pleased to presentâ€¦ One Cup Sake Night at Soba Totto on Thursday July 16th […]
Join me online from July 13-19 as we celebrate “One Cup Sake” in the USA.
I’ll be posting daily “One Cup Sake” reviews, videos, articles, interviews & more!
It’s gonna be big…
Mr. Ataru Kobayashi was found at Sakaya last week pouring samples of two of the fantastic Niigata sakes he imports through his company SENA Niigata Sake Selections.
Kobayashi-san is an eloquent advocate for sake from his home prefecture of Niigata. You can really feel his passion for sake and that passion comes through in the sakes he selects to import.
Check out more of our man Beau Timken of San Francisco’s TrueSake.com schooling WineLibrary.tv’s Gary Vay-ner-chuk about all things sake. Great Job Beau!! Check out Part 1 if you missed it! a-may-zing!! let’s hear it for Sake!
Fellow Sake Samurai and all-around sake superstar Beau Timken of San Francisco’s TrueSake.com helps WineLibrary.tv’s Gary Vay-ner-chuk to learn more about sake. Not to be missed – part one of two! Check back soon for part two!
The first time I met Brewmaster Mr. Hibino, I found myself a little lost in translation and deep in the heart of Shizuoka Prefecture visiting Oomura Sake Brewery, home of the famous Wakatake Onikoroshi brand. This time, however, we were on my turf. I was very happy to hear that Hibino-san was coming to Astor […]
Our friends Rick and Hiroko, owners of NYC’s only all-sake store Sakaya, were recently interviewed by Eat Out NY’s exuberant host Kelly Choi. Rick and Hiroko are media pros at this point having scored spots on Tokyo TV, NY1, and now this! I happened to be in the shop myself when Kelly Choi wandered into […]
I recently saw a 1967 Japanese-themed James Bond film “You Only Live Twice” for the first time. This film takes place mostly in Japan and involves a complicated plot about an evil mastermind trying to provoke nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Viewed 40+ years after it’s initial release, this film […]
It goes without saying that I really enjoy teaching sake classes at Astor Center! June started off with our super fun ‘Sake and Food Pairing’ class. This class takes a walk on the wild side of sake and really goes in search of some of the more unique flavors in the sake world. The Pairings […]