NYC: Fukumitsuya Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifFukumitsuya Sake Tasting

Fukumitsuya Sake Tasting

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

Chicago: Sushi Samba Sushi & Sake 101

Sushi Samba

SUSHISAMBA invites you to master the art of making maki and tasting sake

Do you ginjo shu? Got nori know how? Learn the lingo at SUSHISAMBA’s SUSHI & SAKE 101 class! It’s the perfect gift for the home chef, dining-out enthusiast and friend who has everything!
Join us at SUSHI and SAKE 101, where you’ll…

+ Get explanations on types of sake, its history and production methods
+ Enjoy 5 tasty appertivos with sake
+ Learn how to choose sushi-grade fish
+ Find out what tools you need to make sushi at home
+ Gain insider sushi-making tips from a SUSHISAMBA chefs
+Make (and eat!) your own sushi roll

Tasting is believing! Throughout the program, participants sip and snack on a variety of cold and hot sakes, edamame, tempura, sashimi and sushi. Classes are held at all of our locations, but you’ll need to call ahead for specific times and dates. And, don’t forget to sign up for class in advance – space is limited!
Cost: $75 per person


504 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 595-2300

Here is the URL for more information:

Japan Trip 2010: Koyoido – Kyoto’s Cutest Sake Ceramics

Rie and Ren of Koyoido

The 21st Century is turning out to be kinda hectic so far, with everyone’s Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and Flickr streams constantly demanding attention. However, the obvious upside to all this technology is that it allows people to connect with one another.

This is exactly what happened to me when I met the adorable Ren and Rie, a couple who run what has to be the the cutest ceramics atelier in Kyoto: Koyoido.

It all started on twitter when a message & photo sent by Ren about a beautiful sake set they recently created caught my eye and I commented on it.

Koyoido sake cups

We started a conversation and I soon discovered Ren & Rie’s passion for making artisanal ceramics for use with sake and appetizers. Before you knew it, I had my plans set to visit their small atelier on my next trip to Kyoto.

When I arrived at their shop I was welcomed warmly and we sat down for a discussion of enjoying sake and ceramics. I was so charmed to learn that Ren and Rie met at ceramics classes in Kyoto and are now running their ceramics business together.

They expressed to me their true enjoyment of sharing sake, appetizers and the wonderful company of friends. This spirit is alive and well in their ceramics, which have a simple, elegant and fun vibe. As one example of this, they showed me a delightful series of sake ceramics they made that also all double as musical instruments such as chimes, bells, drums and whistles which you can view on their website here.

I has such a good time visiting with Ren and Rie in Kyoto! Well, now, this being the 21st Century, you can check out Koyoido online, too!
Blog: Koyoido Blog
Photos: Koyoido on flickr
Tweets: Koyoido on Twitter

Yonkers: Hinomaru Sake Pairing Dinner at X20 Restaurant

Peter Kelly welcomes HINOMARU
Sunday Nov. 7th at X2O Yonkers

save the date
time: Sunday, November 7th 5:00–7:00pm
place: X2O Restaurant Yonkers, NY
event: Sake Pairing Dinner
guest: Mr. Jouji Sato, President Hinomaru Brewery (1689)
Sake: Manabito Junmai Daiginjo Manabito Kimoto Junmai Ginjo Manabito Ginjo + one surprise

Join renowned chef Peter Kelly as he welcomes Mr. Jouji Sato for a unique Sake Pairing Dinner at the beautiful X2O Yonkers restaurant. Advanced Certified Sake Specialist, Linda Noel Kawabata will be on hand to introduce Mr. Sato and his exquisite sake selection.
Limited seating;

Please reserve your space by contacting [email protected] or calling 914-318-2505

NYC: Autumn JIZAKE Night at Sakagura


Sakagura and Wine of Japan Present
Autumn JIZAKE Night
Friday, November 5th, 2010 6:30pm – 8:30pm

On Friday, November 5th, Sakagura will play proud host to ELEVEN of the most distinguished breweries from Japan. We cordially welcome you to much-anticipated Autumn JIZAKE night at Sakagura!

The twenty sakes that have been carefully selected for this event. In addition, in a joint effort with executive chef, Mr. Yasuhiro Honma, seasonal finger foods will be featured for paring sakes.
We hope you will join us in tasting some of the best sakes with eleven Kuramotos (sake brewers)!

Sake Tasting & Appetizers:
$40 per person (includes tax and tip)

Tenzan Shuzo from Saga – Mr. Kensuke Shichida, President
-Jizake Tenzan
-Juntenzan Silver Junmai

Toshimori Shuzo from Okayama – Mr. Hiromitsu Toshimori, Executive Director
-Sake Hitosuji Junmai Daiginjo
-Sake Hitosuji Jun-Umeshu

Doi Shuzo from Shizuoka – Mr. Yaichi Doi, Executive Director
-Kaiun JunmaiGinjo

Akita Homare Shuzo from Akita – Mr. Haruo Inomata, President
-Akita Homare Junmai Daiginjo
-Akita Homare Tokubetsu Junmai

Kitaya Shuzo from Fukuoka- Mr. Kotaro Kinoshita, President
-Kitaya Junmai
-Kitaya Kansansui Junmai Daiginjo
-Kitaya Kansansui Kasumi-sake Daiginjo

Miwa Shuzo from Gifu – Mr. Kenji Miwa, Executive Director
-Shirakawago Nigori

Bunraku Shuzo from Saitama – Ms. Mayuko Kitanishi, Owner Family Member
-Bunraku Dress Bottle
-Buraku Kinmai-shu

Tenryo Shuzo from Gifu – Ms. Natsuko Uenoda, Owner Family Member
-Tenryo Hidahomare Junmai Ginjo
-Tenryo Koshu Junmai Daiginjo

Zuisen Shuzo from Okinawa
-Zuisen Awamori

Sanwa Shurui from Oita
-Iichiko (shochu) Kurobin
-Iichiko Flask

Konishi Shuzo from Hyogo
-Sesshu Otokoyama Junmai Daiginjo
-Shirayuki Fresh Nama-sake

Nihon Shurui Hanbai CO., LTD.

Yasai Chips –Lightly Fried Thinly Sliced Vegetable Sprinkled with Salt
Fresh Oyster Served with Ponzu Sauce
Buta no Karaage –Lightly Fried Chunk of Pork Marinated in Curry Flavored Soy Sauce
Nianago no Iimushi – Cooked Rice Ball Topped with Simmered Sea Eel

RSVP Hotline : 212-953-SAKE (7253)
This event is limited to 40 guests; prompt RSVPs are highly recommended.
A credit Card Number is needed to process the RSVP. (24-hour cancelation policy) Please note that this event is buffet (stand-up) style. Tables and chairs are not available.

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

Japan Trip 2010: Sake Samurai Ceremony

On this trip to Japan, I returned to the Sake Samurai Ceremony in Kyoto to witness the 5th annual celebration of this great event. The purpose of Sake Samurai is to acknowledge select individuals, both inside and outside of Japan, who are working for the betterment of sake around the globe.

Fellow New Yorker and Gohan Society founder Saori Kawano was one of the recipients this year. I was thrilled to be able to congratulate her in person! Another new Sake Samurai this year is the L.A. based sake educator and Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto.

Kenji Ichishima, President of the famous Ichishima Sake Brewery and the current Chairman of the Sake Samurai program led the proceedings and the ceremony, banquet and tasting the next day were all beautiful and a big success. Witnessing this amazing event again was very nostalgic for me and brought back a lot of memories. The honor of becoming a Sake Samurai in 2007 was a catalyst for a lot of exciting and positive change in my own life. I hope it’s the same for this year’s honorees!

See the gallery below for photos and more details on the 2010 Sake Samurai events!

Honolulu: Autumn Hiyaoroshi at The Sake Shop


It’s Autumn! For most people around the world this means the seasons are changing, the temperature has begun to cool off and the leaves are starting to change color. Unfortunately in Hawaii there are only two seasons … dry and rainy.

So to help everyone get into the spirit of “Autumn in Hawaii”, The Sake Shop is turning to sake (big surprise) as we host our first Autumn Seasonal Sake Tasting this Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.

We will be sampling three Autumn Hiyaoroshi from our friends at Japan Prestige Sake Association. (See Right for explanation of Hiyaoroshi.)

Sawanoi “Genrokugura Hiyaoroshi”
Rich and smooth type. Tranquil aromas of brown sugar, caramel and dry grain. Mild and matured complex flavors with viscous texture. Tokyo prefecture.

Wakatake Onikoroshi “Akino Ki-Ippon”
Light and smooth, rich type. Very smooth, alluring dry sake with refreshing fruity aroma of muscat. Nicely balanced, expansive savory flavors. Shizuoka Prefecture.

Urakasumi “Hiyaoroshi”
Light and smooth type. Savory aroma of rice harmonized with fruity aromas. Nicely balanced mild flavors with soft texture. Miyagi Prefecture.

Because these are seasonal sake there is only a limited supply available so be sure to stop by the shop for a taste this Saturday. Once we run out they are gone!

Malcolm & Nadine Leong
The Sake Shop

Complimentary Sake Tasting
Autumn Hiyaoroshi Sake
The Sake Shop
Friday, October 23, 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]

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

Japan Trip 2010: Matsuo, Home of the Sake Gods

I’m visiting Kyoto this year to attend the 2010 Sake Samurai Ceremony and was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Matsuo Taisha (松尾大社). Founded in 701 A.D., it’s an ancient Shinto shrine on the outskirts of Kyoto City that has a special connection to everyone who loves sake. You see, this is one of the sacred places in Japan where the Gods of sake making are enshrined. As such, sake brewers from across Japan come here to pray and honor the “Sake no Kami-sama”.

It’s a beautiful, timeless and spiritual place that really does stir the soul of any sake lover. There are magnificent gardens, a large display of sake casks offered to the Gods by sake breweries and much smaller crowds than you’ll find at other shrines. So if you’ve ever sipped a magnificent sake and felt a connection to the divine, take the time to visit Matsuo Taisha on your next trip to Kyoto and offer a special thank you for the delights sake brings to us all. I’m glad I did.

Japan Trip 2010: Sake Restaurant Ishii

Etsuko-san (l) Melinda-san (r) and me toasting at Ishii.

A trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete for me without what I call a Sake Blogger Summit, which is complicated industry speak for a fun night out with my sake blogging friends Melinda of Tokyo through the Drinking Glass fame and Etsuko of Tokyo Foodcast.

Whenever we are in the same city, we love to meet up over some sake and exchange tasting notes and tips and generally delve deep into sake geekdom together. Etsuko-san recommended a new Sake restaurant located in the Shimbashi area of Tokyo called “Ishii“. The owner Hideyuki Ishii welcomed us warmly and soon dazzled me with his sake recommendations and wonderful English skills. Ishii Specializes in both fish and Sake and the cool slideshow running on the flatscreen TV behind the bar gave hints of Ishii-san’s travels to Sake breweries. I got the sense right away that Ishii-san was a sake lover through and through.

When he was ready to pour us his final sake recommendation of the night, a delicious sake from Seiryo Shuzo, it so happened that Mr. Hidetomo Suto, a Sake Brewery worker from Seiryo Brewery was dining at the restaurant. Suto-san came by to say hello and pour our sake when we quickly realized that he and I had met before! He was pouring Seiryo sake at the Kuramoto US event I attended in March. Amazing! I love that sake fans flock together by nature! Thanks to everyone at Ishii, Etsuko, Melinda and Suto-san for arranging the best summit yet! Kanpai!

NYC: Daishichi Sake Tasting Night at Sakagura


SAKAGURA and Daishichi Brewery present “Autumn Big Seven Night”

Friday, October 15th, 2010
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

On Friday, October 15th, SAKAGURA will play proud host to the most distinguished brewery, Daishichi – Big Seven – Shuzo from Fukushima, Japan.
Daishichi Brewery is well known in the U.S. and they have been strictly particular about traditional “kimoto” brewing.

Licensed Master Sake Sommelier & Sake Instructor, Mr. Ad Blankestijn will lead this event from Daishichi Sake Brewery
and Kikizake-shi (sake sommelier), Mrs. Chizuko Niikawa-Helton from Sake Discoveries.

You just pay only $20 to get Daishichi Brewery original Masu -wooden sake cup (for the first 26 guests only) and go taste Daishichi’s incredible sakes at the bar!

We hope you will join us in tasting some of the best sake and enjoying the beautiful season, autumn!

Tasting Fee: $30/per person (excluding tax and service charge)

Selected Sake:
Minowamon -Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo
Daishichi Kimoto Honjozo
Dashichi Yuki Shibare -Kimoto Zukuri Nigori Sake

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.

Discover Daishichi

211 EAST 43rd Street B1F
New York, NY 10017
212-953-SAKE (7253)

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Japan Trip 2010: Cup Sake Bar Buri

Momotarou Cup Sake!

So you fly into Narita at 4pm on a Monday afternoon and what do you do? Well, if you’re a 21st century sake blogger like me, why not meet up with a cyber-twitter-sake-blog-colleague and go on a cup sake adventure through Tokyo?!

I first met Maki Osugi online when I discovered his wonderful cup sake blog bq69 collectibles. I liked his blog so much I asked him for an interview in 2009 that you can read here. Luckily for me Maki-san had lived in New York and spoke fluent English!

When my plans for this visit to Japan were set, Maki offered to meet in person and take me around to a couple cup sake hotspots in Tokyo. Our first stop was Yoshiike, which was a pretty large variety store which has a second floor that they bill as a “department store for sake”. the cup sake selection did not disappoint and I bought 8 cup sakes to bring back. Yes, my suitcase is heavy.

After Yoshiike, Maki took me to Buri Cup Sake Bar near Ueno station. Here I got to sample several cups and enjoy some nice yakitori. Check out the gallery below to see some highlights from Buri. I learned that “buri” means “very” in Hiroshima dialect… well let me tell you – that cup sake was buri, buri good!

Special thanks to Maki-san for taking me around to such fun places and giving me a real cup sake welcome to Japan! Kanpai and see you on twitter Maki-san!!

NYC: Autumn Akita Sake Tasting 2010

akita.gif“The Eleventh Autumn Akita Sake Tasting Event”

ASC was established in June 2006 to introduce AKITA Prefecture’s sake, food, and goods to the people in the NYC area. This Autumn, ASC is proud to announce “The Akita Sake Tasting Event” on November 12, 2010.
Please join over 20 visiting sake brewers from Akita and different all across Japan to taste over 40 of finest sakes we have chosen for you to try.

You can also savour some of Akita’s delicacies such as Kiritanpo, mashed rice stick, broiled and boiled in soup, Akita miso flavor honey chicken, Iburi gakko (Smoked radish pickles), and many others. For our environment’s sake, please bring your sake glass ! Guest musicians will be performing Classic Music for our guests. You can enjoy Awa Dance etc.

Organizer:[ASC: Akita Sake Club] Sponsor:[Sun Pop International Corporation]
Date: November 12, 2010 (Friday)
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. 15 West 44th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036

Space is limited and reservation is required. Please pay the admission fee by Cash (No change, please) at the reception desk on November 12, 2010. Admission Fee: $50

Reservation/Contact: Masatoshi Yamamoto
Sun Pop International Corporation 211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1702, New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-682-4393 Fax: 212-682-4392
e-mail: [email protected]

Chopsticks Interview October 2010

This month I had the honor of being interviewed alongside Kenichi Kuno by Chopsticks Magazine in the October issue on newstands now! October is sake month and Chopsticks asked us all kinds of questions about sake!

  • What’s my golden rule about sake?
  • Is premium sake safe for beginners?
  • Do any sakes go well with desserts?

Find out the answer to all these burning sake questions and more! Read the Interview:

Hakkaisan Sake Restaurant Week September 2010

Hakkaisan Sake Brewery has been hosting a monthly “Hakkaisan Restaurant Week” which is a limited time each month when top NYC restaurants feature specials paired with Hakkaisan Sake.

I wanted to explore this for myself and set out for 15 East Sushi Restaurant which was a participating restaurant in the Sept 2010 Hakkaisan Restaurant week. 15 East was offering a special Hakkaisan Tasting Set featuring Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo, Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai and Hakkaisan Honjozo along with a sampling of specially prepared “otsumami” or sake appetizers.

The food and sake was a magical combination! Check out the gallery below to see some shots of the food and sake! I’m looking forward to Hakkaisan Restaurant week in October! Stay Tuned for details!

NYC: Down To Moon Sake Tasting Sets at Sake Bar Decibel

Down To Moon Sake Tasting at Sake Bar Decibel

Event: Down To Moon tasting flights with appetizers.
Venue: Sake Bar Decibel
Location: 240 E 9th Street (between Stuyvesant St & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003 Neighborhood: East Village

Sake Bar Decibel
240 East 9th Street
(between 2nd & 3rd)
New York NY

NYC: Niigata Sake Tasting Night at Sakagura


Sakagura and Niigata Sake Selections Present Niigata Sake Tasting Night
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Sakagura is very excited to invite you to “Niigata Sake Tasting Night” ! We will be joined by 7 Sake Brewers from the Niigata region, known for its wonderful water and locally grown sake rice.
Please join us for an unforgettable chance to meet 7 producers and taste 13 different sakes from their breweries!

Sake Tasting & Appetizers:
$40/person (includes tax and tip)

Kiminoi Shuzo – Mr. Tomohiro Tanaka, Managing Director, owner family member
-Kiminoi Yamahai Junmai Ginjo
-Kiminoi Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo

Kinshihai Shuzo – Ms. Takako Shigeno, Manager, owner family member
-Yukikage Tokubetsu Junmai

Musashino Shuzo- Mr. Hajime Kobayashi, President, Owner
-Nyukon Tokubetsu Honjozo
-DAKU Nigori Junmai

Midorikawa Shuzo – Mr. Shunji Ohdaira, President, Owner
-Midorikawa Honjozo

Aoki Shuzo – Mr. Takafumi Aoki, President, Owner
-Kakurei Junmai Ginjo
-Kakurei Daiginjo
-Kakurei Junmai Ginjo Ume-Shu

Kirinzan Shuzo – Mr. Shuntaro Saito, President, Owner
-Kirinzan Junmai
-Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo

Obata Shuzo – Mr. Takeshi Hirashima, President, owner family member
-Manotsuru Junmai Ginjo Genshu
-Manotsuru Daiginjo

Executive chef, Mr. Honma has also designed a Niigata-inspired menu of finger foods to enjoy while tasting the sakes:
Edamame -Boiled Young Soybeans
Yasai Stick Shuto Dip –Vegetable Stick Salad Served with Bonito Intestine Dipping Sauce
Zuke Maguro Shio Kombu Soe –Tuna Sashimi Steeped in a Sweet Soy Served with Julienned Vegetables and Dried Kombu Seaweeds
Abura Age Negimiso Yaki – Lightly Fried Tofu Puff Topped with Miso Scallion Sauce
Buta no Karaage –Lightly Fried Chunk of Pork

RSVP Hotline : 212-953-SAKE (7253)
This event is limited to 40 guests; prompt RSVPs are highly recommended.
A credit Card Number is needed to process the RSVP. (24-hour cancelation policy) Please note that this event is buffet (stand-up) style. Tables and chairs are not available.

Let’s toast for a wonderful season with great sakes! Kanpai!

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

NYC: Tengumai Tasting Set at Robataya



We will welcome Mr. Kazunari Shata, executive director of Shata Brewery from Ishikawa, Japan.
The three sakes that have been carefully selected (including ones yet-to-be introduced to the New York market) for that night are:

LIMITED “Tengumai Tasting Set” (JUST 30 SET!)
Served with Seasonal Appetizer $17.00
Tengumai Umajun Junmai (served slightly warm)
Tengumai Ko-koshu Junmai Daiginjo (Labeled by Alexander Gelman)
Tengumai Yamahai Junmai (served warm)

Prompt RSVPs are recommended for an evening not to be missed.
RSVP Hotlines : (212) 979-9674
RSVP will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. We cannot hold orders in advance

231 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-9674




Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sakagura cordially invites you to “Autumn Tengumai Night”!

We will welcome Mr. Kazunari Shata, executive director of Shata Brewery from Ishikawa, Japan.
The three sakes that have been carefully selected (including ones yet-to-be introduced to the New York market) for that night are:

“Tengumai Tasting Set”
Served with Seasonal Appetizer $20.00
Tengumai Umajun Junmai (served warm)
Tengumai Yamahai Junmai (served hot)
Tengumai Ko-koshu Junmai Daiginjo (Labeled by Alexander Gelman)

Seasonal Appetizer:
秋刀魚のきのこ和え Sanma Kinoko-Ae
Lightly Grilled Pike Mackerel Served with Seasonal Kinoko Mushrooms

Also, Tengumai original gifts (Ochoko – small sake cup and Japanese “Habanero” Sauce) are being planned for the first 30 guests who order “Tengumai Tasting Set”!

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

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

NYC: Japanese Culinary Center Tengumai Sake Event

“TENGUMAI” was born in Ishikawa prefecture at the Shata Brewery in 1823. “TENGUMAI” literally means “Dancing Goblin”. Long ago, the Kura (sake house) was surrounded by deep forest and the rustling of leaves sounded like what was interpreted as “a Goblin dancing when the wind blows”. The Tengumai name came from that tale.

Commonly called Yamahai, Yamahai-Shikomi, is presented by the well known brand, Tengumai. Yamahai has a very distinct flavor all its own. In the process of yamahai, the lactic acid develops much sooner which makes for a unique bacteria where even the cells of the wild yeast enter the Moto (a yeast starter). This makes for a bold flavor set.

We would like you to enjoy Tengumai at different temperatures since it is an excellent choice for Kanzake (warmed sake). It is also a great choice for pairing with cheeses. At this event, we will welcome the brewmaster, Mr.Kazunari Shata of Shata brewery of Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. He will bring a special sake “Tengumai Aged Junmai Daiginjo Labeled by Alexander Gelman” for this special event. You will also be given a special gift; an original kiki-choko (a small sake cup)!
Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Japanese Culinary Center
711 3rd Avenue, New York NY 10017
(on 45th Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Price: $20
Seats: 30
A line of Tengumai
Tengumai Yamahai Junmai
Tengumai Umagin (Ginjo)
Tengumai Umajun (Junmai)
Tengumai Aged Junmai Daiginjo labeled by Alexander Gelman


Register at

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

Portland: Celebrate Sake Day!

Celebrate International Sake Day In Portland
October 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Portland is celebrating Sake Day all weekend long and giving away prizes! Get your Sake Day passport to the best Sake spots in the Metro area inside. All you need to do is get out and experience the diversity of the Portland Metro Sake vibe. Visit one of the participating restaurants on October 1ST, 2ND, or 3RD and enjoy with friends. When you are done, ask to have your Sake Day Passport stamped and plot your path to your next sake stop. When you’ve collected 5 or more stamps, simply put your name and address on the card, apply postage and mail it in. We’ll draw winners on October 11TH, and announce on Facebook & Twitter. Prizes will be mailed out immediately.

First Place
4 tickets to Sake Fest PDX Wednesday October 13TH, 6:00 to 8:30 PM. ($130 value)

Second Place
1 of 2 sets of Toji Sake Tastings at SakeOne for up to six people ($30 value).

Third Place
1 of 2 sets of Kura Sake Tastings at SakeOne for up to 4 people ($12 value).




sake day PDX


Seattle: Sake Nomi “Sake Day” Tasting menu

sakenomi.gifSaké Day” (Friday, October 1)

Event Organizer’s Description:
“Saké Day” (Friday, October 1)
Beginning Friday, and continuing throughout the weekend (while supplies last), we’ll be celebrating Saké Day with a special tasting menu featuring:

Kenbishi (Hyogo): The oldest saké brand in Japan (1505 — no, that is NOT a typo!), and featured at the first Seattle Saké Matsuri in 2009.

Sato no Homare “Pride of the Village” (Ibaraki): A delicious junmai ginjo from Japan’s oldest saké brewery (est. 1141), currently overseen by the Sudo family’s 55th generation. 869 years? They must be doing something right.

Bizen Maboroshi (Okayama): A fantastic junmai ginjo brewed with Omachi rice — the first (1866) designated sakamai (saké rice), and one of a handful of “pure” rice varieties that has not evolved as a result of cross-breeding. Omachi’s importance cannot be exaggerated, as it is present in the “family trees” of over 60% of all sakamai.

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)