Portland: Sake Fest PDX

Join us for Saké Fest PDX
Wednesday 13 October 2010 – 6 to 8:30 pm
The Governor Hotel
614 SW 11th Avenue – Portland, OR 97205

Event Organizer’s Description:
The Only Event of its Kind in the Region!
Experience dozens of Saké varieties
Taste the Finest Japanese & US brands
Witness the Versatility of Saké
Learn how to pair Saké with any food
(Adults 21 & older only – proper ID required)

Portlanders will gather in the Grand Ballroom at The Governor Hotel on Wednesday 13 October 2010 Р6 pm to 8:30 pm Рto experience the finest Japanese and US sake brands, as part of the inaugural Sak̩ Fest PDX.

Your ticket purchase allows you access to all food and all sak̩ sampling stations Рincluding rare & premium sak̩ varieties Рwhile learning how to pair the traditional Japanese drink with a wide variety of food, including cheese, desserts, chocolate and a wide range of fusion, Asian and continental cuisines.

Your Saké Fest PDX ticket purchase also includes a souvenir tasting cup … a stylish, hand-blown, glass vessel donated by our friends at Momokawa Saké.

Tickets for the event are $47.50 per person – discounted until September 30th and regular priced at $65 after September 30th in advance online. (sorry, no phone orders) Participants must be 21 years or older to attend. Proper ID required.

To purchase tickets, click here

Many premium and several rare sakés will be available to taste, as will regionally micro brewed “jizake”, which means small, regional saké brewer. Prominent chefs from area restaurants and catering facilities will prepare and serve a selection of food samples that complement different types of saké.

Saké Fest was created in Philadelphia by Ed Markus & David Wagner, owners of Event Navigators, an international event production company specializing in fundraising events for non-profit organizations.

Saké Fest (Philly) celebrated its 6th anniversary in April of 2010 – continuing its mission to educate all consumers about the versatility of pairing saké with virtually any style cuisine – from cheeses to chocolates and everything in between – even pizza!

A portion of the net proceeds from Saké Fest PDX benefit the Japan-America Society of Oregon

Saké is more than a drink to be served with Japanese food. It is a beverage that is as versatile as wine. It can be enjoyed with cheese, chocolates, and all varieties of ethnic foods. Similar in profile to wine, saké is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity.

Tickets for Saké Fest PDX can be purchased here. For additional information call 610.649.6330 610.649.6330 or email [email protected]

NYC: Japanese Culinary Center Dassai Sake Event

Let’s make Dassai
It takes just a matter of minutes to brew!

Do you know how sake is brewed? Have you ever visited a sake house?

We will welcome Asahi Brewery, who manufactures only exclusive Junmai Daiginjo class sakes with Yamada Nishiki Rice (it is considered as the best Shuzo-Kotekimai 酒造好適米). Mr. Kazuhiro Sakurai of Asahi Brewery will teach us how to brew Dassai sake utilizing the necessary tools.

Asahi Brewery is located in Yamaguchi prefecture where oysters and fugu (blowfish) are very popular. The Dassai perfectly matches with the local cuisine as well as western dishes. In this class, you will have some truly delicious pairing experiences.

At the event, Asahi Brewery will bring some special sake that you have never seen in the U.S.! Please bring your friends and have a great time with us!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 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.)

Charge: $25 per person

Seats: 30 available


Pairing Menu:

Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Seafood Arancini

Dassai 39 Sparkling Nigori Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Scrambled Eggs with Caviar

Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Swedish Meatballs

Dassai Special Nama Sake


Register at www.japaneseculinarycenter.com

**Reservations are on a first come first served basis. There will be a 30 person limit per class. **






Monday, August 2nd, 2010
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sakagura cordially invites you to “SUMMER DASSAI NIGHT”!

We will welcome Mr. Kazuhiro Sakurai, executive director of Dassai Brewery ( http://www.asahishuzo.ne.jp/en/ ) and two young Kurabito (sake maker).
The three sakes that have been carefully selected (including ones yet-to-be introduced to the New York market) for that night are:

“Natsu no Kawauso Sake Tasting Set”
$14.00 (3 kinds/50 ml each)
Dassai 39 Sparkling Nigori
Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo Nama (Draft)
Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo

Prompt RSVPs are recommended for an evening not to be missed.
RSVP Hotlines : 212-953-SAKE (7253)
*RSVP will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. We cannot hold orders in advance.

NEW YORK, NY 10017
(bet 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
212-953-SAKE (7253)

July 2010 Elements of Sake class

On July 19th, 2010 I taught another Elements of Sake class at the fun and exciting Astor Center in New York City’s East Village.

This class is always a blast to teach and I’ve already been teaching here for three years! Hard to believe it’s been that long already, but each and every class at Astor is a blast! I hope you’ll join me for a fun and informative sake lecture sometime. Explore the sakes we served at our last Elements of Sake Class:

7 sakes served at my sake class

Elements of Sake Sign outside Astor Center

Sake 101 Students at Astor Center

Wakatake and Umenishiki

Honolulu: KARAKUCHI SAKE TASTING at The Sake Shop


More and more people have been asking us about dry or “karakuchi” sake for purchase. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a nice big fruity daiginjo, there is also something to be said about sipping on a glass of clean, crisp, dry sake as well.

So after our successful Namazake tasting last month which featured a line up of “sweet” sake, we thought this month would be the perfect time to hold a “dry” sake tasting to give you a chance to sample the other end of the spectrum.

So if you’re a “karakuchi” sake drinker, or if you’ve always wanted to taste and learn about dry sake, join us at the shop this Saturday as we sample some medium dry to extra dry sake.

Here’s what we will be tasting this Saturday.

Dewazakura Izumi Judan Ginjo
Kubota Senju Honjozo
Masumi Karakuchi Ki-Ippon Junmai Ginjo
Sawanoi Junmai Ginjo
Wakaebisu “Ninja” Tokubetsu Junmai

Nadine and Malcolm

Saturday, July 17, 2010
10:00 am to 7:30 pm

The Sake Shop
1461 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 947-7253
Fax: (808) 947-7254
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sakeshophawaii.com

Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Hakkaisan Tanabata Celebration at Sakagura

Junmai Ginjo

I was invited to help introduce and pour Hakkaisan sake at a special event at Sakagura restaurant celebrating the festival of “Tanabata”.

Tanabata Matsuri is known as the “Japanese Star Festival” and is usually held on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year. The festival commemorates two star-crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi who could not be together on earth, but come together once a year in the heavens as stars. During this festival, people often write their wishes and hopes onto strips of paper that then get hung on bamboo branches.

It’s very common in Japan to wear a light summer kimono or yukata to a summer festival party, so I got a triple 3L size one online to get in the spirit. The yukata covers you from neck to ankle and wrist to wrist, but the fabric is SO light that it feels really comfortable!

The sakes provided by Hakkaisan and the food provided by Sakagura were all fantastic. Sakes that were served included:

In addition to these great sakes, Mr. Nagumo also provided a sake not for sale in the U.S. We’re talking about Hakkaisan Junmai Daiginjo… this is a very special sake with a milling rate of 35% remaining! The body is velvety and beyond smooth. You can tell this sake was labored over and is really something special. Everybody got a taste and everyone I spoke to was generally floored by the fantastic taste and supple body. One of the best sakes out here for sure… What a treat to have tried it right here in New York! Special thanks to Mr. Nagumo and Ms. Kurosawa for bringing this special treat to us here in New York! I loved it.

Sakagura provided delicious food and wonderful service to round out the evening and make for a spectacular event! Next chance you get be sure to get to Sakagura… and where you’re there – please try Hakkaian Sake!

Here I am with Ms. Kursosawa from Hakkaisan (left), Chizuko Niikawa of Sake Discoveries (center) and Mr. Jiro Nagumo (right), President of Hakkaisan Sake Brewery

Guests Talking with Mr. Nagumo and Chizuko

Guest enjoying Hakkaisan and Sakagura for Tanabata festival

Very rare and special Hakkaisan Jumai Daiginjo! Delicious!!

Hakkaisan Tasting Set was a hit at Sakagura!

Wishes written on strips of paper and attached to bamboo branches is a Tanabata Festvial tradition!

Chicago: Sake 101 featuring Winebow

Murasaki Chicago
211 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312 266 2280

Price: $25.00 per person

Event Organizer Description:
To all Sake lovers to those getting acquainted, IRA’SHAI (“Welcome” in Japanese)!

I’m very excited to announce that for the month of July, we will be featuring family owned and operated Winebow Inc. out of NYC!

For those who attended our really fun MeetUps in the past, this will be another amazing opportunity to meet great people and revisit some of the basics, but through different brands. What makes this MeetUp different from previous events is Sake Specialist and son of founder and CEO Leonardo LoCascio, Claudio, will be presenting a few Sake that have not yet made their way into Illinois! A sneak preview in what is to come from the Near East, as opposed to the Far East. And the bad joke stops now…

Your first time? In a nutshell, Sake 101 @ Murasaki is a casual yet informative gathering about the wonders of this smooth elixir otherwise known as Sake.

Instruction will be provided by Certified Sake Specialists Kerry Tamura and Claudio LoCascio.

Also available is a full menu of appetizers ranging from authentic Japanese to yummy cross-cultural deliciousness.

Come out, relax, and enjoy amongst like-minded people, chill music and a cozy atmosphere. Also feel free to practice your Japanese here. 日本語はなしましょ!

Event notes:
There will be a $25 charge for Sake and instruction.
A food menu will be available.

More Information:

Seattle: Sake Nomi Importer Visit & New Sake Tasting

sakenomi.gifSake Nomi Importer Visit & New Sake Tasting

Event Organizer’s Description:
Importer Visit & New Sake Tasting
Thursday, July 15 @ 6 p.m.
We are very pleased and honored to welcome representatives from importer Mutual Trading and local distributor Co-Ho Imports for a very special tasting this Thursday, July 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to our regular weekly menu, we will be introducing 2 very affordable varieties of saké (a junmai daiginjo and junmai ginjo) that are brand, spankin’ new to Washington and available for tasting exclusively at Saké Nomi.

Please don’t miss this rare chance to interact with an importer and distributor and voice your valuable opinion regarding their products.

Contact Information
[email protected]
TEL: 206-467-SAKE (7253)
Saké Nomi
76 S. Washington St. (in Pioneer Square)
Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Tues. – Sat.: 2 – 10 p.m., Sunday: Noon- 6 p.m.,
(Closed Mondays)

NYC: Summer Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifSummer Sake Tasting

When: Thu Jul 17, 2010 5pm – 7pm

Event Description:
Kudoki Jozu Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata) & Sawanoi Junmai Ginjo (Tokyo)

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

NYC: Master Sake Tasting Class at Soho House

Master Sake Tasting Class at Soho House

Date: Sunday, Oct 10, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Price $100.00
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Location: The Library at Soho House,
29-35 9th Avenue (between West 13th and West 14th Streets)

Event Organizer’s Description:
Join Southern Wine & Spirits sake ambassador, Monica Samuels, for a guided tasting and discussion of eight high-end sakes: daiginjo and junmai daiginjos, including a special centrifuge drip pressed junmai daiginjo.

NYC: Sake Soiree at Tanuki Tavern


Sake Soiree at Tanuki Tavern
Date: Saturday, Oct 09, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price $65.00
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at Hotel Gansevoort
18 Ninth Ave (entrance on 13th Street)
New York, NY 10014
P 212.660.6766

Event Organizer’s Description:
Join sake experts and brew masters as they introduce you to the wonderful world of sake. Sip sake and sake cocktails while snacking on traditional Japanese izakaya fare in the hippest new spot in the neighborhood, Tanuki Tavern, at the Hotel Gansevoort!

NYC: Ban Ryu Honjozo Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifJoto Sake Tasting

When: Thu Jul 8, 2010 6pm to Thu Jul 8, 2010 8pm EDT

Event Description: Ban Ryu Honjozo (Yamagata)

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

NYC: Prestige Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifJapan Prestige Sake Summer Nama Tasting

Japan Prestige Sake Tasting
When: Sat Jul 24, 2010 4pm to 6pm EDT
Summer Namazake

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

NYC: Dassai Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifSakaya Tasting: Dassai Tasting. Yummy Sake! don’t miss it.

SAKAYA : 324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
212.505.SAKE (7253)

NYC: Sake Solstice Event at Izakaya Ten

Izakaya Ten

Izakaya Ten celebrates July 4th with their 2nd annual sake solstice; join the fun for $1 sake by the glass from 2pm to midnight. The same event last year was unprecedented in the New York sake scene. A joyous moment alone will be heightened with fireworks on the Hudson River for 2nd consecutive year.

Invigorate your taste buds with their featured sake, Hoyo Genji from Miyagi. Izakaya ten offers in the swamp of heat something to ease your mind and fulfill your sake quota for the year!

Event Location:
Izakaya Ten
207 10th Avenue,
New York, NY 10011-4716
(212) 627-7777‎