Sake or saké is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars, before being converted to alcohol. The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).
- Item #: i_362017Bottle Size: 500mlLimited/Seasonal This is a rare Namazake (unpasteurized - so please always keep this refrigerated). FLAVOR: Cool crisp taste of pears and melons with a lightness that makes it sure to finish the bottle without realizing that it is gone.
Sake Meter Value: +1 (dry/neutral)
Polishing Rate: 60%
Variety of Rice: Yamadanishiki
Serving Recommendation: Chilled
Food Pairing: Grilled meats, sushi
- Item #: i_320084Bottle Size: 720mlPrefecture: Kyoto
Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki
Polishing Ratio: 50%
Sake Meter Value: +3
This is a competition-level sake, with a palate reminiscent of strawberry, melon, all together with a fine minerality, and a rounded and clean, silky finish. Beautifully balanced and made to impress!
Made by Philip Harper, the worlds only non-Japanese Toji in Japan.
Description: Round and full-flavored, with gamboling fruit and floral displays joined by riper fruit and grassy nuances. Glacial incrementations of flavor achieved by sub-zero bottle aging impart both silky viscosity and depth.
Serving Recommendations: A sake to savor slowly, chilled at first, then gradually warming in the bottle. Very versatile across many cuisines.
Awards: Silver Award, Daiginjo B class, 2013 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
- Item #: i_320095Bottle Size: 720mlPrefecture: Kyoto Rice Variety: Kitanishiki Polishing Ratio: 66% Sake Meter Value: +3.5 "Red Label" is made with ambient yeasts which thrive inside Tamagawa's brewery. It is powerful (21% abv), with aromas of wood, earth, leather, and herbal citrus. This tastes like an aged sake, but is not. Rather, a full-bodied, hearty, umami-packed sake. Drink at room temp or slightly warmed
- Item #: i_320074Bottle Size: 720mlThis Tamura Junmai Ginjo Sake is brewed from Ginginga sake rice grown in Iwate prefecture, highly polished to 55% milling reate and brewed at a long, low temperature. All Tamura sakes are brewed with four different types of yeast, then perfectly blended for complexity and optimum flavor. SMV: +1
- Item #: i_310043Bottle Size: 720mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS "Clean and pure, the elegant NV Tatenokawa Juhachi Junmai Daiginjo has a complex bouquet of lychee, peach, mushroom, white rose/jasmine and toasty aromas. Off-dry, but spicy on the palate, it offers a very long, lingering fruity and mineral finish. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 15.5%."
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Polishing Rate: 18%
Amino Acid: 1
Flavors: Luscious pear dominates the midpalate in this light, delicate, complex Sake.
Extra care has been taken when producing Tatenokawa 18. First the team press this sake using a ’fune’ – a device that delicately & carefully presses simply under the weight of gravity – and then they select only the best 3rd of the pressed brew, the middle third known as nakadori. Nakadori is regarded as the most balanced and nuanced (the first third is a bit brash, the last a bit subdued).
This meticulous care and dedication results in a delicious, rare sake of superb complexity & character with delicate acidity and a silky structure.
- Item #: i_310044Bottle Size: 720mlThis sake is a collaboration of Tatenokawa Brewing Company and Grammy Award-winning French rock band, Phoenix. The members of Phoenix had a long standing friendship with the late sake expert Toshiro Kuroda, so they decided there was no better way to honor their friend than help produce a sake he would be happy to drink. Rising flavors of apple and Asian pear play out passionately on your palate. Plus, you can sip Phoenix with a happy heart knowing a portion of all sales is donated to the Red Cross Society, in honor of Mr. Kuroda.
- Item #: i_102687Bottle Size: 720mlTedorigawa "Chrysanthemum Meadow" Yamahai Daiginjo Sake 720ml
EAn enticing imprint of chamomile and garden herbs at first sip, crossing over into a sake of surprising clarity. No other yamahai daiginjo sake brewed in Japan tastes this way: supple, racy and eminently drinkable over long periods of time.
Rice: Yamadanishiki, 500 Mangoku
Sake Meter Value: +5.0
Polishing ratio: 45%
Yeast:Yeast: House Yeast (Kanazawa Lineage)
Best with cold dishes that combine meat or fish with vegetables, such as Thai beef salad or Salade Nicoise.
Silver Award, Daiginjo B class, 2015 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
- Item #: i_320087Bottle Size: 720mlFrom Ishikawa prefecture
Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki
Sake Meter Value: +5 (Dry)
Polishing Ratio: 40%
With its luscious body and ample mouthfeel, this sake evokes memory of a Chardonnay, but with lovely green melon tones. The taste is clean with a lingering mellow finish.
- Item #: i_320083Bottle Size: 720mlPrefecture: Ishikawa
Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki, 500 Mangoku
Alcohol Percentage: 15.8%
Polishing Ratio: 45%
Sake Meter Value: +6.0
Yeast: House Yeast (Kanazawa Lineage)
Tedorigawa Kinka is an impressive sake with tremendous impact. Flavors of sarsaparilla and fuji apple dominate the palate, with a long finish. Its bold flavors intertwine beautifully with sushi or Izakaya fare.
Serving Recommendations: Tedorigawa Kinka is the perfect companion for a session at the sushi bar. Its assured mouthfeel provides a perfect foil for the delicate flavors of fresh sashimi, while staunchly supporting nigiri choices like anago, mirugai and uni.
- Item #: i_365569Bottle Size: 720mlThis rare nama daiginjo presents a rainbow array of floral and fruity flavors overlaying a refined core structure. Like the haiku poetry that inspired it, “Tsuyusanzen” is transparent, evocative and decisive.
- Item #: i_365565Bottle Size: 720mlThis is a connoisseur's Junmai sake, dry, sharp and smooth all in one. Its mild astringency, are classic of sakes made using the old yamahai method (in which it's yeast starter made in the laborious process).
This connoisseur’s junmai can be enjoyed cold but is best warmed or served at room temperature. Spice-friendly, it pairs well with savory dishes from Middle-Eastern cuisines.
Silver Award, Junmai category, 2016 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki, 500 Mangoku
Alcohol Percentage: 15-16%
Polishing Ratio: 60%
Sake Meter Value: +4.0
Yeast: Association No.7
- Item #: i_101885Bottle Size: 720mlFrom Asahi Brewery.
Rice: Yuki no Sei
Rice-Polishing Ratio: 28%
Brewery Location: Niigata Prefecture
Tasting Notes: A limited sake the opens up the most during the Fall season, when the moon is most beautiful. The reason behind the name "Tokugetsu" (Special Moon) is because the rice, when polished down to 28%, it shines like the moon in a dark sky. Boasts an elegant aroma and delicate, gentle flavor.
An exclusive sake produced only once a year during the harvest moon period by Kubota Brewery in Niigata prefecture. The rice is polished to 28% with painstaking care for three days and nights to ensure that the grains remain whole. The brown rice grains have a round appearance, similar to the shining full moon. Fermentation takes place for a month at regular temperature. Contains 15-16% alcohol. Made with Yuki no Sei brewer's rice. 28% rice polishing ratio. Produced by Asahi Shuzo in Niigata prefecture.
- Item #: i_102834Bottle Size: 720mlSince 1620, Uno Shuzo has been making sake in Fukui Prefecture, which is known for its sake production. The Uno brewery focuses on using the premium Yamada Nishiki rice for its high water absorption rate and large starchy core, which gives this Junmai Daiginjo its floral, yet dry profile, with a more luscious texture.
Dryness SMV: +4
Recommended temperature Best served chilled. Also enjoyable at room temperature
Recommended dishes: sushi, steak, or other meat fare
Grade Junmai Daiginjo, 50% rice polish ratio (seimaibuai)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Yeast: K1401 (Kanazawa Kobo)
- Item #: i_471144Bottle Size: 500mlYuzu Omoi Sake JUNMAI SAKE Infused With YUZU - is a delicious, natural infused Yuzu Lemon Sake.
SMV -70 (sweet)
ALCOHOL % 7
Pair w ith: fish; foie gras; beef; dessert meringue tarts and sorbet. Crisp Meyer lemon, clean grapefruit this is a wonderfully refreshing, well balanced fruit infused sake.