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 […]

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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!

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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, […]

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It seems everyone in Japan knows the anime “Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro“. Created by the famous Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki (水木 しげる), 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 present… One Cup Sake Night at Soba Totto on Thursday July 16th […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a litte thing for sake from Niigata prefecture. That first brew that enchanted me years ago, Hakkaisan, hails from Niigata and I’ve kinda been smitten by this region ever since. You can imagine my thrill when I got an invite to attend a recent sake industry […]

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Sake is always the number one story with me, but other media outlets have been featuring a lot of news on Nihon-shu, too. Here is a quick roundup of some interesting sake stories making the news recently: Miho Fujita, president of the Mioya Brewery Co. in Ishikawa, Japan was recently interviewed by the Village Voice. […]

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Joto Sake importers recently held a sake tasting at LAN restaurant in the East Village. Best part was, the Brewers themselves were there to introduce their sakes. When people ask me what they can do to learn more about sake, I always encourage them to attend events just like this one. Talking directly to the people who make the sake is one of the best ways to learn. Let’s check out the Joto sake!

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