Category: Sake

Sake of The Mountain Gods: Ishizuchi Shuzo, Ehime Prefecture

On the shoulder of Mount Ishizuchi in Ehime Prefecture, on the island of Shikoku, perches a Shinto shrine. As with

John Gauntner: The Man Who Loved Sake

John Gauntner is the Julia Child of sake. No single individual has had a greater impact on the awareness of

A Long Awaited Journey

I have a confession to make. I have been drinking sake seriously for more than 18 years. I have been

When Sake Smells Fishy

Something unusual happened recently. Or rather several somethings in the world of sake. For the first time since 1998, the

Sake Day Celebration and Tasting: October 1, San Francisco

Japan has given many things to the world that I cherish, but few of them have an unofficial holiday that

2012 Sake Day Celebration and Tasting: October 6, San Francisco

Japan has given many things to the world that I cherish, but few of them have an unofficial holiday that

Sake Day Benefit Tasting: October 1, San Francisco

Japan has given many things to the world that I cherish, but few of them have an unofficial holiday that

Drink Sake to Help Japan

We’re all watching with deep sadness and empathy the unfolding of the post-earthquake and tsunami tragedy in Japan. For those

The World’s Best Sake: Tasting at the Joy of Sake Soiree 2010

One of the public wine tastings I most look forward to every year doesn’t serve a single drop of wine.

Joy of Sake Tasting 2010: San Francisco 9/9, and NYC 9/23

I absolutely love the fact that we’ve reached a point in this country where I don’t need to explain why

Tentaka “Silent Stream” Junmai Daiginjo, Tochigi Prefecture

I’ll admit it. It’s probably been at least six months since I’ve had sake in my mouth. In part, I

The World’s Best Sake: Tasting at the Joy of Sake Soiree 2009

, which is the largest (and only?) sake competition held outside of Japan. Much to my continued delight, America seems

Joy of Sake Tasting 2009: September 10 – SFO, September 24 – NYC

I absolutely love the fact that we’ve reached a point in this country where I don’t need to explain why

Denshu Hyakuyonju “140” Junmai Daiginjo, Aomori Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray One of the main characteristics of Japanese is its vagueness. Language is culture, and Japanese helps

Chikurin Karoyaka “Lightness” Junmai Ginjo, Okayama Prefecture

In many ways, sake production and winemaking couldn’t be more different — from the chemistry to the differences in how

Kubota Manju (Junmai Daiginjo), Niigata Prefecture

When people often ask me how I “got into wine” I have a sense that they are expecting me to

Sake: Drinking, Serving, Storing and Enjoying

As many of you know, I have a thing for sake, after being introduced to the high-end stuff when I

The Joy of Sake 2008 Tasting: October 23, San Francisco

I absolutely love the fact that we’ve reached a point in this country where I don’t need to explain why

Sake Day Tasting: October 1, San Francisco

Japan has given many things to the world that I cherish, but few of them have an unofficial holiday that