Category: Sake

Notes from the Manresa Sake Dinner

Last week, I was joined by an adventurous group of diners and drinkers for a completely unique meal at Manresa

Minogawa Shuzo “Koshino Omachi” Daiginjo, Niigata Prefecture

In the wine world, the grapes matter. Move past the varietal surface of wine consumption, and you’ll quickly descend into

Kamoizumi “Summer Snow” Nigori Ginjo, Hiroshima Prefecture

Review By W. Blake Gray Stop the presses — no, wait, this isn’t printed. OK, stop the Internet — I

Akitabare “Shunsetsu” Nama Honjozo, Akita Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray “Spring Snow” is a pretty good nickname for a sake because it sounds not just delicate

Sake Rice Matters: the Experts are Wrong.

By W. Blake Gray How much does the type of rice matter in sake? “Not much,” most experts say. But

Ohyama Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori, Yamagata Prefecture

We all understand the power of brands. There was likely a time for most Americans alive to day when we

Kamotsuru “Sokaku” Daiginjo, Hiroshima Prefecture

One of the fascinating and attractive things about sake breweries are their (usually) much longer and storied histories than the

Takasago Ginga Shizuku “Divine Droplets” Junmai Daiginjo, Hokkaido Prefecture

It is deep winter. The snows lay heavy on the mountains of northern Japan. Cedar trees hang sparkling, dusted with

Asahi Shuzo Dassai Niwari Sanbu “Otterfest 23” Junmai Daiginjo, Yamaguchi Prefecture

There is no real reason to attempt a comparison between sake and wine. Each are their own universe and deserve

Kamoizumi “Shusen – Three Dots” Junmai, Hiroshima Prefecture

In the world of sake, perhaps even more so than the world of wine, just when you think you’ve figured

Obata Shuzo Manotsuru “Yososaku” Junmai Daiginjo, Niigata Prefecture

Sake brewing has a long and storied history in Japan, and because of the island nation’s relative isolation, many breweries

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture

Many of us drink wine as a portal to a sense of place and time — to be transported through

Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori Honzojo, Niigata Prefecture

I’ll admit it right off the bat: I’m a serious sake snob. I don’t mean that in the sense that

Tamanohikari Shuzo “Yuki Hiryo Shiyo Bizen Omachi 100%” Junmai Daiginjo, Kyoto Prefecture

I go to Japan to do three primary things. See beautiful crafts and architecture, eat amazing food, and drink sake.

Hananomai Junmai Ginjo, Shizuoka Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray Winemakers generally have more interesting stories to tell than sake master brewers (“toji”). Naturally, I’m here

Kurosawa Kimoto Junmai, Nagano Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray. “Keep refrigerated,” the labels say in English. So why do I keep finding these bottles of

The World’s Best Sake: Tasting the Joy of Sake 2007

I’ve currently got my man Blake Gray doing some writing here on sake, but that won’t stop me from writing

Okunomatsu Ginjo, Fukushima prefecture

By W. Blake Gray. I’m so frustrated, I’ve got drinkus interruptus. Or more accurately, blatherus interruptus. Here’s what happened: I

Dewazakura Dewasansan Nama Junmai Ginjo, Yamagata Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray It’s easy to taste the difference between wine grapes. But can you taste the difference between