NYC: Discover Kosher Dassai Sake: A Tasting Party in New York

Dassai sake can now be enjoyed by anyone keeping kosher! Dassai Sake has officially been approved to sell as a kosher product to restaurants and liquor stores in the USA. On Sunday, June 5th at 1pm, we are very happy to introduce kosher Dassai sake at the well known kosher restaurant Deli Kasbah BBQ & Grill. Please join our party to try amazing kosher Dassai sake along with delicious kosher food! We will welcome Mr. Hiroshi Sakurai, the 3rd generation owner of Dassai Sake Brewery along with Mr. Timothy Sullivan, sake educator from UrbanSake.com to teach us all about kosher Dassai Sake!

My Sake Seminar (& Kimono) in Chopsticks Magazine

My next Sake Seminar at the Astor Center was recently mentioned in Chopsticks Magazine. I'll be pouring some Nanbu Bijin Sake in the class and if you pick up this month's Chopsticks, you can see a brief mention about the class and some of the benefits of attending a sake seminar and tasting Nanbu Bijin. It's a great sake and a wonderful example to use in class, too. Chopsticks also shows me in my "Sake Samurai" outfit - head to toe formal men's kimono! You might not see that in class, but the sakes and tasting will be a blast. I hope you'll join me!

Guest Blog Post: Pouring Hakkaisan in Toronto!

Check out my recent guest blog post over at Hakkaisan.com. They asked me to write a report on my visit with Team Hakkaisan to a historic sake tasting and seminar held in Toronto, Canada. This sold out event was a blast and everyone enjoyed…

Rihaku Night at Sakagura

After a fun night at the Akita Sake Tasting, I was ready for more, so I made my way over to Sakagura for their advertised Rihaku Sake Night! I Saw Rihaku's President Mr. Yuichiro Tanaka recently at the Japan Society event, so I was looking forward to trying more delicious Rihaku. Rihaku Shuzo was founded in 1882 in Shimane Prefecture Japan and is named for a famous poet who is kown to have said, “I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems.” The same is true for me, but with sake blog posts instead.

Spring 2011 Akita Sake Tasting

It's been a whirlwind of activity on the NYC sake scene this month. Things really picked up pace with the always enjoyable Akita Sake Club event happening on May 13. This year, sakes from all over Japan were served and lots of activities were…

Japan Society Sake Tasting '11: Back To Basics

The Japan Society's annual sake tasting event was held on May 10th this year with the usual format, but this year, we went "back to basics" with a lecture led by Mr. John Gaunter. John gave a wonderful overview of the core concepts of sake.…

NYC: Hakkaisan Okkasama Night at Sakagura

We are very excited to announce that Hakkaisan’s Okkasama, Mrs. Ai Nagumo, the much respected Chairwoman of Hakkaisan Brewery from Niigata Prefecture will be appearing in New York City! On Friday May 20th, Sakagura Restaurant will serve a special Hakkaisan sake kasu appetizer with a glass of Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai for $20. You will also be able to meet Hakkaisan’s Okkasama, Mrs. Ai Nagumo, in person from 7-9pm. The sake kasu appetizer is her secret recipe and will be served all night until sold out. Please call Sakagura for your reservation now.

Sake at the Lucky Rice Grand Feast

Have you been to any of the Lucky Rice Events? I was recently pouring sake at the super-duper elegant event Lucky Rice Grand Feast event at the swanky Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Everyone was dressed to the nines! Folks were very interested…

The Dassai Experience: A Walk Around the Brewery

Once I was settled into my room, the first order of business was to take a walk around the brewery grounds. I first visited Dassai in 2007. Since then there have been a lot of changes! First off, a brand new factory building has been built.…

San Jose: Sake San Jose Sake Benefit

SAKE SAN JOSE! Event Organiser's Description: Sake San Jose combines sake tasting with a walk through Historic Japantown San Jose. When: May 26, 2011 5:00 pm – Opening Ceremony and Registration 5:30 pm – Sake Tasting 5:30…

Guest Blog Post: Hakkaisan's Raiden-sama Water!

Check out my recent guest blog post over at Hakkaisan.com. They asked me to write a report on my visit to the wellspring of their brewing water, the sacred Raiden-sama water source! Check out the full report, video and photo gallery on Ha…

2011 Ohanami Sake Tasting at Sakagura

On May 3rd, Sakagura Restaurant hosted an annual sake event the "Ohanami" Sake tasting. This event featured sake from lots of distributors! This event was a blast. I tasted several sakes I know and love and (one of my favorite things to do)…

NYC: RIHAKU NIGHT at Sakagura

Rihaku Shuzo was founded in 1882 in Matsue City in Shimane, although it was not until 1928 that they adopted the name Rihaku. Rihaku was a famous poet in China, and is also known in English as Li Po. Rihaku lived from 701 to 762, and was known for his fondness for the bottle. He was a kind, open-minded, wandering poet that was famous for drinking a lot before writing. He was known to have said, "I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems." They make use of Rihaku's poems and phrases in the brochures and on the labels, and quote him often. Several of their sakes are named with phrases from the great poet's words.

NYC: Daishichi "Big Seven" Kaiseki Dinner at Hakubai

Daishichi Sake Brewery was established in 1752, and is based in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Japan. Daishichi makes rich, mellow sakes whose outstanding reputation comes from an insistence on a strictly orthodox brewing tradition: the KIMOTO method.…

NYC: Sake Tasting at Big Tree Bottles

Sake Tasting (Free) Big Tree Bottles 43 Bogart street (L to Morgan Ave) Stop by anytime between 6-9pm http://www.bigtreebottles.com Oni no Shitaburui Sanin, Tottori Honjozo • Dry & Smooth Light and…

NYC: Premium Sake Tasting Event 2011 at EN

Premium Sake & Shochu Tasting Event 2011 presented by Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd. & EN Japanese Brasserie * Open to the Public * $40.00 per person in advance * $50.00 per person at the door For reservations, call 212-647-9196 May…

NYC: Fukucho Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Fukucho Sake Tasting at Sakaya Event Description: Sample Fukucho sake at Sakaya Fukucho Moon on the Water Junmai Ginjo & Biho Junmai Ginjo (Hiroshima) SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAK…