Chicago: Sake Tasting at the Poison Cup

Sake Tasting at the Poison Cup


The Poison Cup is hosting the best wine classes in Chicago. Come for one or come for all of them. Each are $25, which includes plenty of wine and appropriate food pairings.

March 7th Class: Sake

The Poison Cup is taking a break from Wine and delving into Sake. Come learn about the history and taste the varying styles of this sophisticated Japanese rice wine.

Special package: Buy 4, get 1 FREE. This is a really great gift idea for a wine-loving friend. The classes range basic to connoisseur levels. More details on the entire education series coming soon to

WEBSITE: ThePoisonCup

The Poison Cup
1128 W Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
ph. 773-935-1325

Urban Sake + Japanese Language = Fun Time! and Jon Hills from Hills Learning Japanese Language School co-sponsored a fun Sake 101 and Japanese Language 101 class held at ONYA udon noodle resturant.

In one short hour, we tasted 3 sakes and learned the basic Japanese vocabulary for ordering and tasting sake. A fun time was had by all and ONYA provided delicious appetizers and yummy snacks to support our tasting!

Jon is a great language teacher and I’ll never forget everyone asking for sake! “SUMIMASEN! JUNMAI GINJO KUDASAI!!” So much fun! Keep and eye on our Calendar for the next Sake and Japanese 101 class! not to be missed!

Jon Hills and Timothy Sullivan

Teaching Sake & Japanese 101 at Onya

NYC: Sake Temperatures Tasting


Do you like Hot Sake? Maybe you do.. but knowing not to go too hot is key.

Come find out why. The Japanese Culinary Center presents “How to pick and drink sake at it’s opportune temperature”. You will be amazed at how big a difference temperature plays in the taste of a good sake.

Warmed sake, known as “Kanzake”, can especially help warm your body during the harsh winter season. Come join us for a night of “Kanzake” and “Tori Nabe” (Japanese Chicken Hot Pot)

We hope you all enjoy this seasonal specialty and discover your favorite sake serving temperatures.

Thursday, February 4th 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Japanese Culinary Center

711 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10017 (On 45th St. Btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Price: $40 per person

Seats: 30 available

Register HERE


Tasting Types

SAKE (Selection from SAKAYA TOP 10 in 2009)

“DRUNKEN WHALE” Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai from Kochi prefecture

“OTTER FEST” Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

“KIKUSUI IN A CAN” Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu

Food Paring

Tori Nabe (Chicken Hot Pot) and Zousui (Rice Porridge)

NYC: Akira Organic Junmai at Sakagura



Akira Organic Junmai at SAKAGURA!

Sakagura and Kanazawa Daichi present
Sake and Food from the Japanese Organic Farm, “Kanazawa Daichi”

8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM

Sakagura is very excited to invite Sake Connoisseurs to a Thursday evening tasting event of great sakes and 100% organic rice balls with Kanazawa Daichi from Ishikawa, Japan.

We will welcome Mr. Tatsujio Imura, CEO of Kanazawa Daichi and proudly farmer and Mrs. Chizuko Niikawa-Helton from Sake Discoveries as special SAKE lecturers. Tasting will feature Junmai “Akira” (not to be sold in the U.S. Yet) pure organic sake at three different temperatures.

Akira Set (50ml each) $18.00
· On the rocks
· Room Temperature
· Warm Sake
And organic “Mitsuhikari” rice balls steamed with earthenware pot
served with organic miso from Kanazawa Daichi

Plus, special sake gift from Kanazawa Daichi is being panned for you! Join us and look forward to the nights of delight and fun with sake!

Akira Imura:
Akira Imura, 68 years old and a father of Tatsujiro Imura, is the chairperson of Kanazawa Daichi. His farming focuses on: safety, affordable prices, and a continuous supply of delicious an stable agricultural farm products. Akira Imura has been farming rice, wheat, soybeans, and vegetables for over 25 years in a large area of reclaimed land known as “Kahokugata”, a suburb of Kanazawa city in Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa Daichi also produces tofu, miso, and soy sauce all made with their organic ingredients and traditional methods handed down for generations. This is Akira’s fifty-second year farming rice. He says there is nothing he would change about his life. He continues to grow harvest rice and keeps a strong connection to the true spirit of farming,

RSVP HOTLINES: 212-953-SAKE (7253)
Prompt RSVPs are recommended.

*Please note that this event is “first-come, first-served” basis. We cannot hold orders in advance.

We are looking forward to seeing you. Kanpai!!

212-953-SAKE (7253)

Business Hours:
Mon-Fri 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Mon-Thu 6:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Fri-Sat 6:00 PM – 12:45 AM
Sun 6:00 PM – 10:45 PM

212-953-SAKE (7253)

Kanazawa Daichi at Sakagura

NYC: Katsuyama Brewery at NY Vintners

New York Vintners Hosts:
East Meets West – Katsuyama Brewery at NY Vintners
January 23 at 1-3pm

Saturday, January 23rd, New York Vintners will host a special guest and provide an incredible opportunity to taste super premium sakes unavailable in the United States. Mr. Jihei Isawa, Vice President of Katsuyama Brewery, will be in the country for just a couple of days to introduce his new line of sakes to the American market and New York Vintners is fortunate enough to be on his itinerary.

The Isawa family is one of the most prestigious families in Northern Japan and owns a large part of Miyagi prefecture, where the Katsuyama brewery is located. His new line of “Modern Shudo” sakes are currently being offered on all ANA first class flights, and his ‘centrifuge drip’ junmai daiginjo, NEVER BEFORE IN THE UNITED STATES, is expected to retail at around $1,000 USD. Seating is limited.

Katsuyama “Ken” Junmai Ginjo
Katsuyama “Akatsuki” Centrifuge Drip Junmai Daiginjo
Katsuyama “Gen” Junmai Daiginjo Genroku
Yukikage Tokubetsu Junmai
G Genshu Joy
Jokigen Junmai Ginjo
Momokawa Pearl Nigori Genshu
Katsuyama Genroku Aged Junmai

New York Vintners
21 Warren Street New York, NY

Event Price: $45.00 + tax

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NYC: Aspec Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifAspec Sake Tasting at Sakaya

What ASPEC Sake Tasting
When Sat Feb 6 6pm – Sat Feb 6 8pm

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Sake 101 Blind Tasting Challenge

Sake 101 =Blind Tasting Challenge=

The Japanese Culinary Center would like to offer a basic sake class, “SAKE 101”, on Thursday January 21st. We are going to taste 5 different types of sakes and introduce why each type gives you different tastes and flavors.

We also have a special “NAMA” sake at the event which we just received from Japan via Air. We would like you to experience how fresh Namazake is!

In this class, we would also like to do a blind tasting with the winner receiving a surprise gift. Whether you are a sake expert or just a sake lover, we welcome you and look forward to seeing you at the event.

Mutual Sake 101

Thursday, January 21st. 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Japanese Culinary Center

711 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10017 (On 45th St. Btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Price: $30 per person

Seats: 30 available


Tasting Types

Hakkaisan HONJOZO

From Niigata prefecture

Kikumasamune Taru-Sake JUNMAI

From Hyogo prefecture


From Yamaguchi prefecture

Funaguchi Honjozo NAMA GENSHU

From Niigata prefecture

Shirakabegura KIMOTO Tokubetsu Junmai

From Hyogo prefecture

Special Sake

This Season’s Nanbu Bijin NAMA


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NYC: Akira Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifAkira Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Description: Akira Junmai Ginjo (Ishikawa)
Are you looking for new sake, organic sake, or great Junmai for warm sake?

Please join our tasting event at Sakaya on Feb. 4th from 5pm! You can try organic junmai “Akira” (not available U.S. market yet), and also you can enjoy the big difference of the flavor of organic rice Mitsuhikari and organic sake rice Gohyakumangoku with the rice farmers of Kanazawa Daichi from Ishikawa prefecture. It’s going to be very unusual fun tasting.

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Mutual Trading Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifMutual Trading Sake Tasting at Sakaya

NY Mutual Trading Tasting
When: Fri, January 29, 6pm – 8pm

Description: Take no Tsuyu Junmai (Yamagata) & Tama no Hikari Yamahai Ginjo (Kyoto)

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: World Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifWorld Sake Tasting at Sakaya

World Sake Tasting
When Fri, January 22, 6pm – 8pm

Kamoizumi Shusen “Three Dots” Junmai & Kamoizumi “Summer Snow” Nigori (Hiroshima)

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Jozen Mizunogotoshi Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifJapan Prestige Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Japan Prestige Sake Tasting
When Fri, January 15, 6pm – 8pm

Jukusei Jozen Mizunogotoshi Junmai Ginjo (Niigata)

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

Minneapolis: A25 Sake Tasting

meetupThe Twin Cities A25 sake and sushi tastine

The Twin Cities Sake Meetup Group

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a wonderful sake-filled 2010! Let’s check out the ‘new’ A25 sake and sushi joint (formerly Anemoni, attached to Azia). There’s a lengthly sake list I hear and some hard-to-find sakes. If we meet at 5:30 pm, we can catch A25’s Happy Hour (4-7pm) with half-price sakes and cheap sushi. We can stay on for a bit, lament about already not keeping up with our new year’s resolutions, and take in the new Harajuku alley-inspired environs. Wednesday, January 20 @5:30pm A25 2548 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN See you there! kanpai! elise

Minneapolis, MN 55404 – USA

Wednesday, January 20 at 5:30 PM


NYC: Nanbu Bijin Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifNanbu Bijin Sake Tasting at Sakaya

The First NAMA sake tasting of the year!

What: Nanbu Bijin Namazake Tasting
When: Sat Jan 9 3pm – Sat Jan 9 6pm

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)