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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…
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You Want Fries with That?

Landmark Wine and Sake send around an email advertising a sake seminar for Sat April 29nd. Count me in! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was really great. The seminar was held in the sun drenched upstairs space above the landmark wine…
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April ’06 Sake Meetup

The Sake Meetup group, well, 'met up' last night at Landmark for a private tasting. It was quite fun as usual. This night was a study in old friends and new friends... this goes for both the sake AND the people! I knew two of the sakes…
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Saka Hana Sake Tasting

When Toshi over at wonderful Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St. Bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.) emailed me an invitation to an "all-you-can-drink" sake tasting event featuring 11 sakes from 4 brewers I knew I just could not pass it up... but it would be a challange.…
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Think Pink!

Ok, class is in session. To fully appreciate this blog entry, there are a few key words of Japanese you need to learn: Sakura = Cherry Blossom Matsuri = Festival Sakura Matsuri = Cherry Blossom Festival! Scott and I had our own delightful…
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The World’s Best Sake?

Daishichi Myouka Rangyoku. Could it be the World's Best Saké? I'm talking #1 on Planet Earth!? The highest quality in the known Universe!?! Ladies and Gentlemen, I may not be a sake expert just yet, but one sip and…
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It’s so ISE to fall in love…

Have you ever seen that show Survivor Man? It's about this MacGyver-type survival expert guy that gets dropped by helicopter into a remote, harsh and desolate area (mountain top, death valley...) and he has to survive for a week and film the…
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Shochu Superiority Complex

Sometimes, you just have to believe in good omens. On my first trip to Uminoie Japanese restuarant (86 E. 3rd St.) the neighboring table handed me a piece of their birthday cake just after Scott and I were seated. I took it as a sign that…
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Decibel Sake Bar

I've been to Decibel once before, but this is my first post about this amazing NYC sake institution. I think it's run by the same folks that own Sakagura, but, even though they are both in basements, the feel between the two places couldn't…
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Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmaishu

I had the pleasure of getting another chance to try the excellent Yakitori Totto on W. 55th Street. If you have not gone yet, give it a try. trust me. Scott and I were out with friends recently and we quickly powered through a carafe of Wakatake…
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SOY…. Borracho

Our Latest wonderful Sake Meetup group was at SOY tonight, and it was a B.Y.O.S. event. (bring your own Sake). It was amazing opportunity to try a wide rage of sakes and meet a wide range of sake lovers. Everyone brought interesting sake…
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Chrissy Snow Ginjo

Growing up with Three's Company I identified much more with sensible Janet, but I always had a spot in my heart for that wacky Chrissy Snow. Such unassuming beauty... and yet so naive and uncomplicated. The image of Chrissy Snow leapt to…
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St. Patrick’s Saké at Landmark

It's March 17th, that one day a year when everyone is Irish, large crowds search the city for green beer, and even Italian restaurants serve corned beef and cabbage. I'm as genuine 3th generation Irish-American as they come, but I found myself…

My Tart “Fair Maiden”

Last night I took my friend Scott B out for an early birthday dinner at a favorite Restaurant of mine, Momoya. Even though we were celebrating Scott's special day, he was kind enough to let me be all bossy and pick the sake. I took a risk…
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Diplomacy at Ambassador Wines

I had my very first trip to Ambassador Wines on the Upper east side recently. This is one of the most well known sake stores in the city. Now, normally I don't run to the liquor store on my lunch hour to stock up on sake, but... this was an…
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Happy Sake-versary

Scott and I had our first date at the Wild Lilly Tea Room in Chelsea just one year ago. Meeting for tea seems harmless enough, and last march, my tastes ran more to sencha than sake juice. This night was similar to last year in so many ways…
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A Dog’s Life – Chibi’s Sake Bar

I finally got to experience Chibi's bar in Soho. Jerin took me out for my birthday. The windows were lined with Sake bottles however, everything was a little heavy on the cocktail umbrellas. This place was nice and quiet - Jerin had it almost…
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EN-credible!

I got taken out for my birthday last night by Scott and we went to EN, a wonderful Japanese restaurant down on Hudson at Leroy street. The evening started off right with my friend Scott B. arranging to have a bottle of Yukiwatari Nigori sent…
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Man’s Mountain. HOOWA!

Ok, I have to admit, the english name of Otokoyama's Tokubetsu junmai reeled me in. MAN's MOUNTAIN! I just had to give it a try. This could be the very same Otokoyama I had at Menchanko-tei. So, having scaled the heights of man's mountain…
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Ice Ice Baby!

I tried an interesting "Igloo" sake that I had heard about called Taisetsu from Takasago Brewery on Hokkaido Island. you can learn more about this brewery here. It's a Junmai Ginjo with an ALC content of 16%, Nihonshu-Do of +3 and made with…
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International Habitual Drink

I am coming to love japanese websites translated into english! I am starting a japanese class in march, so I'm sure it won't be so funny when I need to translate Japanese into english myself. Be that as it may, when I was researching this…
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Sake Bar Satsko

Another fun Sake meetup! this time at Sake Bar Satsko for a Sake Bar Brunch. Satsko herself was very warm and friendly and I think everyone felt very welcomed. The food was really good - you could get your entree made with either Japanese…
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Beware the Velvet Hammer

I realized the other day, I love my new hobby as a sake appreciator, but you know what my hobby really is?.... DRINKING! Obviously, I was never a frat boy and don't really have a past history of drinking games and waking up outside on the lawn…
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Beam me up, Sake!

If there is a Mothership for sake lovers in the New York City area, it has to be Mitsuwa supermarket in Edgewater NJ. I discovered Mitsuwa by chance as my Feng Shui school happened to be in Edgewater, too. The first time I saw the sake aisle,…
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Bozu is da’ (sushi) bomb

OK sake fans, run, Run RUN, to Bozu!! This place is da' bomb. the sushi bomb that is... On Jan 22, I graduated from Feng Shui school and wanted to meet up with some friends the night before the ceremony at a sake-friendly bar to celebrate. I…
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Kamoizumi Junmai Daigingo

I went with my friend Michael to a cool east village noodle bar called Momofuku and found myself with carte blanc to pick the sake we were to enjoy that evening. Talk about pressure... not only did I need to ensure my own enjoyment of the sake…
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Mystery Sake Revealed..

I got my chance to return to the city's number 1 japanese restaurant, Tomoe, and finally - once and for all- find out the name of that proto-sake I tasted there. That was the first premium I have ever had. It was delicious enough, especially…
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Show me the Momoya!

We have all been there...Whether it's being passed over for that promotion, getting splashed by a cab on a rainy day or finding that one-of-a-kind prized collectible you got on Ebay was smashed to bits by the post office, life can suck sometimes.…
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brewin’ sake in the kitchen

Today I went to my first Sake Meetup meeting. Meetup.com is a website that helps people with common interests find each other. Lo and behold there is a sake appreciator's group. It was a fun afternoon and everyone at the meeting was really…
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Sake tasted at brewing meetup event

My last post was about the Brewing process we got to see at the sake meetup. Here is an overview of the Sakes we got to taste. yum. it was a really good selection and I left feeling very... happy! Thanks to Jeff, Paul, Sebastian and everyone…
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Forget Mecca, I pray facing SAKAGURA

I have heard about the saké bar Sakagura from every article and book on where to find sake in New York, so I knew it was a destination. I wanted to save my first trip there for a special occasion, so Scott had the great idea to go there on…
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The Taru Trap

So scott and I went to a fun little Japanese restaurant called "Yakatori Taisho" we got there around 8pm and waited about an hour for our table which was not as bad as it sounds. we had fun people watching all the wacky japanese youth hanging…
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Great Landmark recommendation!

I picked up this yummy Daiginjo at a Landmark sake tasting. After my Gekkeikan disaster yesterday, I was looking forward to restore my faith in saké again. I kinda had an ace in my pocket as I brought home a bottle of Kirin Koshihikari…
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Blue bottles and sticky tables

Scott took me to a great place tonight: Poke! We ventured to this sushi place on the upper east side because there were high marks for the sushi in zagats. the other exciting thing was that that they don't have their liquor license so they…
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Yakitori Yum Yum

Could it possibly be better your second time? In the case of Yakitori Totto it was! I went there for a late dinner with scott after a long day at school. We had to wait about 45 mins for our table when all was said and done, but the host…
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Size Does Matter – Part Duex

OK! so i'm warming up to Ozeki. I think warming is the oprative word here. once ozeki warms a little bit closer to room temp, the paint thinner taste is gone! well, i've got quite a long way to go on this 1.5 L bottle, so I may indeed post…
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Ozeki – Size does matter!

OZEKI 1.5 L Now I've already broken my own rule about buying cheap sake. However, when I saw this gigantic 1.5 liter bottle of Ozeki saké on sale at Mitsuwa, I simply could not refuse. It didn't help that the Japanese shoppers were stuffing…
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Mu does not come from cows.

I knew mu would be good! saw it on the menu at decibel under the daigingo listings. one of the 3 more affordable daigingos. - by that I mean under $15 a glass Mu is indeed yummy, and excellent for the price.    The taste was clean,…
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Sake tasting at landmark tonight

this was amazing. I give it a 4 out of 5 saké bottles! [rate 4.0]
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Mystery Sake at Congee village…

One of my dearest friends Alysia was given a suprise Birthday Party at Congee Village. It was a chinese banquet kinda thing and it was a lot of fun to sit around those big tables with the huge lazy susan. The waitstaff was very nice too,…
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Finding an old friend on the sake menu.

A former co-worker of mine had lived in Japan for a year so I called him up and asked him to dinner to pick his brain on living in japan and learning Japanese - all things that have crossed my mind as I learn more about sake. I found a place…
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Dewa-sansan is dewa-liscious!

Scott and I had plans for a long time to see Michael and Joseph for a long overdue double date. Scott and I went to great lengths to find a unique place that was new to us all and we picked a new Japanese restaurant on east 6th street Chiyono.…
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Suprise! it’s a Nigori Thanksgiving

I was invited to a thanksgiving Dinner in Jersey City. The dinner itself was delicious! everything a turkey dinner should be. The crowd was mostly friends from a fire Island share. SO, I didn't exactly fit into that mold, but it was a lovely…
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Sake or Saké

Oh Lordy... I've been at this a couple months and already I'm facing my first big moral dilemma. For the whole rest of my career with rice wine which is it? Do I go with... Sake or Saké?! well I kinda know the answer... saké…
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How does rice impersonate grapes- Welch’s Sake?

Ok, never ever ever ever buy sake based on low price alone. I made this mistake this past weekend. I was at my favorite Sake shop Landmark with S. on sunday and I picked up a Nigori for thanksgiving. I wanted something else to sip on during…
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A real Jizake?

I picked up this sake at my trip to Mitsua on Nov 12. What caught by eye about this one was the big "Jizaki" sticker on the front of the label. I've learned this means a regional or local sake. What this really means is sake produced in…
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Nigori in the New York Times!

S. alerted me to an article in the New York Times about Nigori Sake. It's still not my favorite kind of Sake, but there is a lot there to be explored. I've had it about 3 times. it tastes a little "fermented" to me right now, but I may have…
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OK, everyone’s doing it. let’s go Organic.

Tonight i'm trying my first Organic Sake. It's also one of the first domestic sakes i've ever had. I picked this up on my trip to Mitsuwa last weekend. It's Sho Chiku Bai Junmai-Shu / Nama Sake. Produced by Takara Sake of berkely CA.…
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My first Saké tasting!

Descrip. of Nov 11 Landmark Saké tasting goes here.
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My first taste of ‘real’ sake

S. and I both looked at each other and said "mmmmmmm...." The "smooth type" Sake at Tomoe was simply, in a word, amazing. You know, to this day, I still don't know the brand name of the Sake we had that night, but it was utterly, totally…
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One Man’s Journey into the world of Sake…

Hi! If you've found this blog, you must have some interest in Sake. Well, so do I. Well, more than an interest. It's a growing interest bordering on infatuation. I'm just a beginner and kind of intimidated by the vast universe of Sake…