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2013 Golden Masu Awards

Another year has come and gone. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the sakes of 2013... Year after year, I produce this semi-serious "Golden Masu Award" roundup, which is my totally biased take on the superior sakes, bodacious brews and…
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2012 Golden Masu Awards

2012 zipped by in a flash. Where has the time gone!? I can only stare into the bottom of my empty sake cup and wonder. For me, this year was a whirlwind of great sakes, old and new. It's also been a year of learning and teaching. I'm discovering…
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2011 Golden Masu Awards

The year 2011 is one I can assure you I will never forget. The March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake and it's aftermath with stay with me forever. I was in Japan on that day and now that over 9 months have passed, I can see even more clearly…
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2010 Golden Masu Awards

Before we leave 2010 behind us forever, I wanted to take a look back at this year and highlight some master brews we encountered over the last 12 months. It's been an awesome year - both for sake and for myself! I got to travel to Japan twice this year which is a dream come true. Tasting new sakes is always a thrill and 2010 allowed me to do lots of that. What could be better?!
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2009 Golden Masu Awards

For me personally, I'll look back on 2009 as a year with some struggles, some fun and some really great sake! ...And, at least for me, sake helps with both struggles and with fun. It's the time of year again when we salute some of the best sakes of the year... Just like the Oscars with lots more sake and a lot less movie stars. This year's list of winners runs the gamut from honjozo to cup sake to the finest junmai daiginjo. All of it delicious in it's own special and unique way.
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2008 Golden Masu Awards

With 2008 coming to a close it's only natural to want to look back and ponder the best sakes of the year. In other words, it's time to announce the 2008 UrbanSake.com Golden Masu Awards! Let's honor those sakes that stood out from the pack and made 2008 the best year for sake yet.
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2007 Golden Masu Awards

The Blogosphere has been abuzz lately wondering about the winners of the 2007 UrbanSake.com Golden Masu Awards. I know people were concerned that 2007 would draw to a close without the sake blogging world's highest honors being bestowed…
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And the winner is...

If I had to be trampled at a sake tasting, I wouldn't want it to happen anywhere other than Sakagura. Nihon-shu aficionados can be just like any other rabid fans out there: when the Star makes an appearance, everyone rushes the stage. So when…