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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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Explosive Great Taste for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is about as loaded a holiday as you can get. All the pressure to be at the perfect party with that special someone at the stroke of midnight toasting with a glistening flute of the best champagne. And the New Year's Resolutions - Don't get me started on that subject.
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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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Top 5 Sparkling Sakes for New Year's Eve

This year, try something new to tickle your nose as you ring in the new year. Sake seems to be the eternal up and coming underdog, but to be honest, the selection of sparkling sake available in the USA has never been better. Referred to in Japanese as "happo-shu", sparking sake undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, just as champagne does, so you won't miss a single bubble with the switch from grapes to Sake.
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Sake Profile: Dassai 50 Junmai Ginjo

Here is my first video in a series of short videos that profile individual sakes. I hope this video gives you a quick overview of Dassai 50 and why I like it. Kanpai!
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Edo's Bravest Inspire Kagatobi Sake

Where's the Fire? Well, for the coolest dudes in Edo-period Japan it was where ever you would find the Kaga-tobi, or the Kaga Clan Firemen. These firefighters were viewed by the general public as masculine and tough but above all they were…