New Video Series: Sake Q&A Tuesday!

Do you have questions about Japanese Sake?! Well I’m serving up sake answers! Today we’re launching a new sake web video series called “Sake Q&A Tuesday!” You can send me your sake questions and each Tuesday I’ll answer one reader’s question in a web video. To submit your question, you can email me at [email protected] or visit and fill out the form to submit your question!

Here is our first question and video, a great question about how to store sake. You can see all videos in the series here. Thanks for watching!

Tedorigawa Glitters at Sakagura

Tedorigawa Tasting set

The event packed schedule at Sakagura rolls on! Last night’s event centered around a beautiful Tedorigawa sake tasting set featuring three standout Tedorigawa Sakes. Each set was presented by Yasuyuki Yoshida, the 6th Genergation Kuramoto from Ishikawa Prefecture’s Yoshida Sake Brewery, makers of Tedorigawa brand sake. Yoshida-san visited every table that ordered the tasting set and introduced his sake and his brewery to the guests. Here is the skinny on the tasting set:

Tedorigawa Tasting Set:

Yukie-san and Yoshida-san

The three Tedorigawa sakes were standouts. The Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama is a wonderful summer unpasteurized sake, fresh and juicy. Next, the Tedorigawa Yamahai Junmai was a classic yamahai style sake that is a real winner for the lovers of dry sake. Last but not least is the super luxurious Tedorigawa Mangekyo Daiginjo. Yoshida-san told me that they only produce a mere 400 bottles of the beautiful sake every year, making it exceedingly rare. It’s an ephemeral daiginjo with a smooth, silky and elegant body. It’s expensive and worth it.

Gold leaf on Kinka Daiginjo

Yoshida-san treated me to a Ishikawa specialty. Ishikawa prefecture is world famous for it’s production of gold leaf. The Japanese believe that consuming gold leaf is good for your health. I received a sprinkling of gold leaf to top off my cup of Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama. You can’t taste the gold when you drink it down, but I couldn’t help feeling like a million bucks on the inside.

As Yoshida-san explained to me, creating the Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama was a way to try to express the beauty of Ishikawa Prefecture in a sake. “Kinka” means golden blossom and represents two things Ishikawa is famous for, the plum blossom and gold leaf. The taste is fresh, elegant and evocative, just like beautiful Ishikawa Prefecture. This sense of place and depth of meaning in their sake is one thing that makes Tedorigawa so special. Remember, all that glitters is not gold – it may be your sake!

Kitaya Night at Sakagura

Kinoshitas with GM Yukie at Sakagura

Fukuoka Prefecture may not be the most famous for sake, but it could be the most fun. Fukuoka’s own Kitaya Sake Brewery, recently had a tasting at sake mecca Sakagura Restaurant and proved they know how to have a good time. In addition to some fantastic Kitaya Sake, The company President Mr. Kinoshita was there to introduce his sakes to everyone. Based on what I saw, everyone was into it. Mr. Kinoshita’s enthusiasm to introduce his sake was contagious!

The sake set on this night consisted of three Kitaya Sakes. One of them, not for sale in the U.S. Here is a look at the sakes:

Kitaya Tasting Set:

Three Kitaya Sakes!

The Kansansui Junmai Daiginjo is one of the first premium sakes I ever had back in the day at Sake Bar Decibel. It’s a classic example of a Junmai Daiginjo, it’s delicious, fruity and elegant. The Kitaya Kansansui Kasumizake Junmai Daiginjo Nigori has been imported for a while now, but this is my first chance to try it. Verdict is: Loved it! I loved it so much I ordered a carafe for myself after my tasting set was done. Lastly, I got to try the rare Kitaya Souden Yamahai Junmai, which is not for sake in the States. This sake was hand carried from Japan, just for this night! It’s a rice-y yamahai that is great for pairing with food.

Speaking of food, I had some very, very delicious sashimi and some great tsukune chicken meatballs. Both were excellent and I fell in love with Sakagura yet again. This was a great night that I really enjoyed. If you don’t know Fukuoka sake, it’s time to say hello.