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Sakagura Yuki No Bosha Tasting

I recently attended a small but spectacular tasting at my dear Sakagura restaurant. It was an evening dedicated to Sake from Saiya Sake Brewery, maker's of Akita's well regarded Yuki No Bosha brand. Saiya Brewery President Kotaro Saito-san…

NYC: Joy of Sake Aftertaste: “Karakuchi”

Joy of Sake Aftertaste: What is "Karakuchi"? You often hear people in sushi bars ask for dry, or “karakuchi,” sake. But what exactly does this mean? Does it have to do with sweetness vs. acidity, as in wine, or do other factors…

Interview: Akiko Ito of Akita Seishu Brewery

I have had the pleasure of enjoying many Akita Sakes, and recently caught up with Akiko Ito, Overseas Sales and PR Executive for Akita Seishu Brewery, makers of the well-regarded Kariho Brand of sake. Ito-san was kind enough to be interviewed…
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A Delicious Umami “Aftertaste”

The yearly "Joy of Sake" event is the Big-Fat-Greek-Wedding of sake tastings. It easily wins, hands down, the title of largest sake event in the U.S. It's huge, sprawling and a lot to take in... over 300 sakes at one event. I was surprised…

NYC: Kyotofu Sake and Food Pairing Dinner

Kyotofu Sake Tasting and Food Pairing with Sake Sommelier Chris Johnson. Kyotofu presents a Sake Tasting event, featuring 5 different sakes all from teh award-winning Murai Family brewery.Paired with each sake will be a special Chef's tasting…
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Nishimoto Tasting in Midtown

On a beautiful early summer day, I took off from work and headed to a sake tasting hosted by the fine folks at Nishimoto Trading Co., a sake importer of some very fine sake. The event was up at the Bryant Park hotel but located downstairs…

NYC: Sakaya Sake and Cheese Pairing

Sakaya is hosting a sake and cheese pairing. Sake & Cheese! An unlikely marriage? If you haven’t tried it yet, let us introduce you to a match made in heaven. SAKAYA : 324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY 10003 212.505.SAKE…

NYC: Sake Hana Tasting Dinner

On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 Sake Hana is honored to welcome Mr. Kohiyama from the Takasago Brewery, Hokkaido. Please join us at 8pm for an intimate sake dinner and advanced talk with Mr. Kohiyama. This is an opportunity to dive deeper into the…
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Sake Samurai Tasting

I was lucky enough to be invited to host another "sake samurai" tasting at Sakaya, New York's ONLY all sake store. It's really fun when I get to meet people and introduce them to some of my favorite sakes one on one! This time, we focused…

NYC: Sakagura Summer Sake Tasting

SAKAGURA and JOTO SAKE LLC present “Early Summer Sake Tasting” Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 We are very excited to announce our upcoming “early summer sake tasting event” featuring two sake breweries; Fuchu Homare…

San Francisco: Joy Of Sake

JOY OF SAKE: SAN FRANCISCO Join visiting brewers from Japan and sake enthusiasts from San Francisco and Japan to sample this year's newly released fall sakes. Over 300 sakes, including gold and silver award winners from this year's U.S. National…

Honolulu: Joy of Sake

JOY OF SAKE: HONOLULU Join visiting brewers from Japanand sake enthusiasts from Hawaii and Japan to sample this year's newly released fall sakes. Over 300 sakes, including gold and silver award winners from this year's U.S. National Sake…

NYC: Joy Of Sake

JOY OF SAKE: NEW YORK Join visiting brewers from Japan and sake enthusiasts from New York and Japan to sample this year's newly released fall sakes. Over 300 sakes, including gold and silver award winners from this year's U.S. National…

San Francisco: Sake Tasting at Anzu

Come and meet the brewers of Kasumi Tsuru (a master of Kimoto and Yamahai brewing) and Wataribune (who revived the mystic Wataribune rice). There will be 8 sakes to taste, including a Namazake from each brewery, with appetizers by Chef Barney…

San Francisco: Takenotsuyu Tasting

2nd Annual Take no Tsuyu Sake Pairing and Lecture this Sunday!!! Sake Pairing with Take-no-Tsuyu Brewery from Yamagata, Japan This month, we have a special guest from Japan to do the pairing. Masao Aisawa was with us a year ago, providing…
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A Taste of Niigata

Niigata is a special place for sake. Not quite sure what makes it special... some say the water, some say the snow, some say the climate, but when it comes down to it, above it's the taste. If anyone can help us unravel this mystery, it's…
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Brilliant Jade Shines at Sakaya

With weekly tastings going on at Sakaya, there is a lot to taste and enjoy! It's hard to keep up with all the goings on, but I will give the old college try. A recent highlight was Tamanohikari a.k.a. "Brilliant Jade". It was a wonderful…

Seattle: Kasumi Tsuru at Sake Nomi

Founded in 1725, Kasumi Tsuru is one of the only breweries in Japan producing almost all their sake using the laborious and time-consuming kimoto and yamahai methods for nurturing their sake's yeast starter. These brewing methods lead to earthy,…

Seattle: Masumi at Sake Nomi

Wednesday, June 11 we are pleased to once again welcome Mr. Keith Norum from Nagano's Miyasaka Brewing Co. for a special open house-style tasting event featuring Masumi brand sake. Miyasaka Brewing Co. produces Masumi Karakuchi Ki-Ippon "Mirror…

NYC: Takasago Brewery tasting at Sakaya

Come to sakaya and taste two sakes you may not know: Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo and Ginga Shizuku Junmai Daiginjo. It's free an delicious! Hope to see you there. SAKAYA : 324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY 10003 212.505.SAKE…

NYC: VOS sake tasting at Sakaya

Selections are being tasted from the VOS sake importer. Come taste something different. SAKAYA : 324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY 10003 212.505.SAKE (7253) www.sakayanyc.com

NYC: Dassai Tasting at Sakaya

Sakaya Tasting: Mr. Sakurai from Dassai Brewery is coming to Sakaya! come taste some fantastic sake for free!! you won't want to miss this one. SAKAYA : 324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY 10003 212.505.SAKE (7253) …