Sake Invades Union Square

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 thing that impressed me more than anything was the size of the crowd. I wasn’t really prepared for the throngs of sake lovers that showed up to sample the nihonshu. Crowds were sometimes 5 people deep to get a sip. See the notes in this slideshow for more info on the sake tasting at Union Sq Wines & Spirits.

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2 replies
  1. Timothy Sullivan
    Timothy Sullivan says:

    HI Ichiro-san,
    Yes, this shop did the sake tasting using Wine glasses! I think the #1 reason is that they DON’T HAVE sake cups!! However, it is also my opinion that delicious premium sake does very well in a wine glass. It was delicious!

  2. Ichiro Nakano (or Ichibay)
    Ichiro Nakano (or Ichibay) says:

    I guess this is a great opportunity for sake lovers in New York to sample various sake types.
    By the way, they are using stemware to drink sake, but I wonder whether stemware makes some change in taste of sake. There must be difference between pouring sake into the mouth from a wine glass and slurping sake from a sake cup.

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