Tag: sake

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

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

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

Still Seats Left for the Sake Dinner at Manresa

Some of the best meals of my life have been from the kitchen of chef David Kinch at Manresa Restaurant

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

Manresa Restaurant and Vinography Present: The Sake Dinner, September 10th, 2008

Those of you who have been hanging around these parts for some time know that on occasion I get together

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