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Sake Cruise '09: Shiogama, Urakasumi & Kimono

This morning I woke up as the Seven Seas Mariner was pulling into the harbor at Sendai located in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. Downtown Sendai City is actually about a 45 min drive from the industrial port area where we had docked. Most guests were on their way to tours and excursions, but I was leaning off the ship's balcony looking for someone. Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise '09: What's New Hakodate

Kanpai Japan! Today the Seven Seas Mariner landed in Japan! Specifically the charming city of Hakodate, on the large northern island of Hokkaido. Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise '09: Sake History

Today was the sake tasting that I call "a walk on the wild side" of sake. We tasted 3 super funky brews that will surely widen your view of what sake can taste like! Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise '09: Advanced Sake Tasting

Today was the sake tasting that I call "a walk on the wild side" of sake. We tasted 3 super funky brews that will surely widen your view of what sake can taste like! Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise '09: Sake in Siberia

I'll admit I approached today with a bit of trepidation. Coming of age in the cold war 1980's, films, TV and even the President infamously portrayed the USSR as the "Evil Empire". 30 years and a cultural revolution later, I didn't know what…
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Sake Cruise '09: Rockin' Sake!

I went to bed on Sept 20th, 2009 and woke up on Sept 22nd, 2009. We crossed the international date line overnight and Sept 21, 2009 just didn't happen! I'm not quite sure how all this works and why this is done, but I'm just along for the ride and having a great time.
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Sake Cruise '09: How to Taste Sake

Today was our second full day at sea. No stops, no ports of call, sailing all day, all night. You might think that this leads to a feeling of being bored and all cooped up, but quite on the contrary, the staff organizes lots and lots of activities: games, lectures, dancing, bridge, tea, concerts, comedy, and of course, SAKE TASTINGS!
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Sake Cruise '09: The Deadliest Catch

Day 4 onboard the Seven Seas Mariner was action packed! I woke up in Dutch Harbor Alaska. This was our last day on American Soil as we would be sailing out at 1pm across the Bering strait on our 2 day voyage to Siberia. This was also my first…
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Sake Cruise '09: Let the Seminars Begin!

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…
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Sake Cruise '09: Over the Rainbow, Part 2

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…
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Anchors Away!

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…
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A Sake Night to Remember III: Daishichi!

Sake Sommelier Chizuko Niikawa-Helton, Founder of Sake Discoveries, recently held her third official sake party. Known as "A Night to Remember", Chizuko-san introduces those lucky enough to get a ticket some wonderful and usually hard to find sake.

NYC: Prestige Sake tasting at Mr. Wright

Prestige Sake tasting at Mr. Wright Sake Tasting Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Place: Mr. Wright Fine Wines and Spirits 1593 Third Avenue New York, NY 10128 Phone: 212-722-4564 http://www.misterwrightfinewines.com/tastings.html

NYC: World Sake tasting at Mr. Wright

World Sake tasting at Mr. Wright Sake Tasting Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Place: Mr. Wright Fine Wines and Spirits 1593 Third Avenue New York, NY 10128 Phone: 212-722-4564 http://www.misterwrightfinewines.com/tastings.html

NYC: Mr. Wright Sake tasting

A sake tasting from different producers Sake Tasting Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Place: Mr. Wright Fine Wines and Spirits 1593 Third Avenue New York, NY 10128 Phone: 212-722-4564

Rachel Ray show visits Sake One in Oregon!

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…

NYC: ASPEC sake at Takashimaya

ASPEC sake at Takashimaya EVENT DETAILS: Thursday Sept.10th 6-10pm at TAKASHIMAYA 693 Fifth Ave 55-54th ASPEC sake will be part of the world-phenomenon called FASHION NIGHT OUT!! When the whole world goes shopping!! www.fashionsnightout.com I…
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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…

NYC: Elements of Sake Class II: Pairing Sake and Food

Elements of Sake Class II: Pairing Sake and Food! Please join me!! I am teaching a sake class at the Astor center called the “Elements of Sake II: Pairing Sake and Food.” The perfect follow-up to The Elements of Saké or an…

NYC: Elements of Sake Class

Elements of Sake Class! Please join me!! I am teaching a sake 101 class at the new Astor center called the "Elements of Sake" This class is a fun, informative and tasty way to dive into the world of premium sake. I'll walk you through every…

San Francisco: Sake Club Anniversary

The San Francisco Sake Club Anniversary Event Organizer's Description: The San Francisco Sake Club Food from: Osha Thai Sushi Raw Tres Agaves San Francisco, CA 94107 - USA Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 PM Details: http://www.meetup.com/sf-sakeclub/calendar/11236787/

Minneapolis: Obento-ya ya ya!

The Twin Cities Sake Meetup Group Obento-ya ya ya! In collaboration with the I Love Sushi Group, let's meet at Obento-ya for some authentic Japanese nibbles and sake! They have a nice sake trio sampler and since we're meeting at 6pm, we…

NYC: Nanbu Bijin Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Nanbu Bijin Sake Tasting at SAKAYA Nanbu Bijin Sake Tasting at SAKAYA NYC When: Sat Sep 26, 2009 5pm to 7pm EDT SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAKE) www.sakayanyc.com

NYC: Chelsea Wine Vault's Sake’s Secrets Revealed!

Chelsea Wine Vault's Sake’s Secrets Revealed! EVENT DETAILS: Ever get a little overwhelmed in the sake section? Well, we might have some answers for you. Join us for this special sake class to learn more about the various types of…

NYC: Oregon Craft Sake Tasting at Bao Noodles

Oregon craft saké Tasting at Bao Noodles We will be holding an Oregon craft saké tasting at Bao Noodles on the 23rd from 7 -9 Note: limited to 60 guests. Call for your tix. (212)725-7770 Event Details: Bao Noodles 391 Second…