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 […]
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. […]
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!
Most of the time, I’m years behind the curve when it comes to knowing the newest, coolest and most secret places to eat and drink in New York. This week however, the gods of New, Cool and Secret were smiling upon me
Imagine my surprise when Food and Drink writer Michael Anstendig alerted me to the fact that my kimono-clad picture was featured on the Time Out NY website! I recently attended a fantastic sake event and I will post a full report soon. Until then, check out this Blog Post in the Time Out NY Food […]
The folks at Joy of Sake don’t just stick to their one mega sake tasting event each year. Lucky for us, they also have smaller get togethers they call “Aftertaste” events, each usually focused on a new sake-related theme. Last June, I attended a Joy of Sake Aftertaste event devoted to “Umami”. However, last week, […]
There is a great event coming up that you don’t want to miss! It’s the annual Japan Society Sake tasting and Lecture on Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 PM . This year, the “sake guy” himself, Mr John Gaunter is coming to the US to lecture on that mystical and moldy aspect of sake: KOJI! The […]
I recently enjoyed teaching my Sake 101 class at Astor Center! The class is referred to as “elements of Sake” and that is really true! We break down what the basic classifications are, what to look for when tasting sake and we review the sake production process. Let’s take a look at the SEVEN sakes […]
My good friend and sake sommelier extraordinaire Chizuko-san alerted me to a special tasting event that was happening at Momokawa Restaurant (157 East 28th Street New York, NY 10016). Now, I DO know the Dassai brand very well, but I have never been to Momokawa, so I was intrigued to try a new place. I eat Japanese food a lot in NYC, so finding a new place would be a great find.
On my sake adventures in Japan, I was lucky enough to attend ceremonies and sake events where I saw traditional men’s kimono up close. I was impressed by the beauty and tradition of the kimono and began reading up on it’s history and meaning. I thought it would be fun to wear Men’s kimono myself […]
My bedroom radiator has a drip that drives me crazy. Sometimes at night, I lay awake and can hear the drip, drip, drip. I know I’ve got to get it fixed, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The only way I can calm my nerves when I hear this drip is to close my eyes and think of “Shizuku” sake.
Last Tuesday was my latest class at Astor Center, teaching the “Elements of Sake” Class. It was a blast! The class was sold out and I was lucky to find myself in front of a room of students anxious to learn more about sake! My goal at each “Elements of Sake” class is to provide […]
Have you ever gotten a call from a long lost friend and picked up right where you left off without missing a beat?
That’s exactly how I felt after getting re-acquainted with some delicious sakes from Nara’s Ume No Yado brewery. Sakaya recently sponsored a tasting of four delicious Sakes from this well known brewery.
I think any trip to Japan and back would be exciting, but traveling back and forth every day? Well, believe it or not, I’ve been getting the opportunity to jet back and forth to Japan, but I’m forced to ride in the Seat pocket in front of you… that’s right, my Elements of Sake Class at Astor Center is featured in February’s issue of Japan Airlines “Skyward” in-flight Magazine!
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: Philip Harper, Japan’s only foreign Toji and author of The Insider’s Guide to Sake, is featured in this wonderful […]
Nobody was more excited than me to learn that Sake Hana was hosting my beloved Hakkaisan Brewery for a “vertical” tasting of their sake. From Futsu-shu up to Junmai Daiginjo… we were going to taste it all. So, you can imagine, I was psyched! This event was part of the education series put on by […]
A quick overnight trip to Las Vegas this past weekend for a friend’s birthday left me very little time to explore the sake scene in Sin City. That doesn’t mean, however, that my stay was totally nary a nip of nihon-shu.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, if you’re looking for something to make your Valentine’s Day spark, look no further than Sake. If you are trying to capture the heart of someone new or impress your current love, you’ll be surprised by what a little Nihon-shu can do!
Last night I had the great pleasure of teaching a Sake 101 class for the fine folks at Sake Hana. Arranged by Manager Toshi-san, the class was the second in a series of instructional classes that were requested by Sake Hana Customers.
Tonight was freezing in New York! What an inspired idea then to enjoy some warmed sake. This versatility is one of the real secret weapons in the sake world. Sake can be fantastic both warmed and chilled. People often think sake should only be served warm OR only served chilled. Truth is both can be […]
What do you get when you mix Tokyo Foodcast Sake Bloggers Ted and Etsuko, Jocelyn and Carlos from the You, madam, are no Ambrose Bierce blog, Bloggers Rick and Hiroko from New York’s SAKAYA Sake Shop, Scott and yours truly from UrbanSake, along with wonderful friends and family? Well, obviously, the first Sake Blogger Summit […]
I love New Year’s Eve tradtions… but I really love a New Year’s Eve tradition that involves sake! No problem for me, as I’ve got one! Scott and I have made it our tradition to head to Sakagura Restaurant each New Year’s eve to celebrate in true style and luckily for me, this year was no exception!
With 2008 coming to a close it’s only natural to want to look back and ponder the best sakes of the year. In other words, it’s time to announce the 2008 UrbanSake.com Golden Masu Awards! Let’s honor those sakes that stood out from the pack and made 2008 the best year for sake yet.
This year, try something new to tickle your nose as you ring in the new year. Sake seems to be the eternal up and coming underdog, but to be honest, the selection of sparkling sake available in the USA has never been better. Referred to in Japanese as “happo-shu”, sparking sake undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, just as champagne does, so you won’t miss a single bubble with the switch from grapes to Sake.
Ok, Pop Quiz!!! Name one attraction of note in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture… Stumped? Well, I was too, until my visit to Tomita Brewery, located in the small town of Kinomoto, Shiga Prefecture.
Arriving in Kyoto always brings back special memories for me. this was my original destination on my very first trip to Japan. It goes without saying that it’s a beautiful and historic city, but on this visit I was able to discover another aspect of Kyoto that endeared the city to me even more. Today […]
My first trip to visit Marumoto Brewery can only be described as spectacular. Makers of the famous Chikurin Brand of sake, Marumoto brewery is nestled beautifully in the low rolling hills of Okayama Prefecture.
Brewery President, Mr. Marumoto explained that the brewery was founded in 1867 at the end of Edo period and has been producing sake since then. However, this brewery isn’t just famous for it’s sake. The wooden framed brewery complex is registered as an “Important Cultural Property” by Japanese goverment, similar to the National Register of Historic Places here in the US.
My next stop on my Japan 2008 tour was a special one! I was headed for the birthplace of the sake that sparked my interest in Nihon-shu in the first place: Hakkaisan Brewery in Niigata. Longtime readers of my site will know that it was Hakkaisan’s Junmai Ginjo sake that got me so
addicted devoted to sake.