Kyoto Brewery Visit: Masuda Tokubee Shoten: Tsukinokastura

Masuda Tokubee Shoten, makers of Tsukinokatsura brand sake are famous in Japan and throughout the world. They sell their sakes from Kyoto to New York, Paris, Berlin and beyond. I received an invitation to visit the brewery and got to see what…

Sake Samurai Ceremony 2012

This month, I had the wonderful the opportunity to travel to Kyoto, Japan to celebrate with three friends who were each awarded the title of Sake Samurai 2012! I had the good fortune to be awarded Sake Samurai in 2007, and I'm over the…

Our First Urban Sake Tasting Club!

One of my big sake goals for this year was to start a tasting club in New York City. My idea was to create a monthly meeting where folks can come together and learn a little something about sake, taste something delicious and, of course, have…

NY Mutual Trading Show 2012

Mutual Trading Company has a wonderful trade show each year showcasing their food and sake products. It's not open to the general public, but for industry folks, it's something to look forward to each year. Somehow, this year again, I managed…

Sake Day Adventure at Sakagura

Santa Claus has Christmas, Leprechauns have St. Patrick's Day and I've got Sake Day. Designated as the official start day each year to the fall sake brewing season, it's also a darn good reason to get out there and taste some sake. Sakagura…

Joy to the World: The 2012 New York Joy of Sake Tasting

The Annual Joy of Sake Event is the largest sake tasting outside of Japan, featuring over 350 sakes to taste, study and enjoy in an action packed 3 hours. This year's Joy of Sake was a fun whirlwind as usual with table, upon table, upon table…

JFC Sake Expo 2012

JFC is one of the premier importing companies that bring sakes into the U.S. and as such they have a yearly trade show which I was lucky enough to attend this year. JFC has some wonderful sake brands in their portfolio and this year, I…