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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Shinsei “Junmai Daiginjo”

September 16, 2020

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Shinsei “Junmai Daiginjo”

By Alice Hama

Yamamoto Honke was established in 1677 in the Fushimi Ward of Kyoto Prefecture. Fushimi is home to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Japan’s best-known Shinto shrine which serves as the headquarters for over 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.

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A silver lining in every cloud: An introduction to <i>Nigori</i> sake

July 28, 2020

A silver lining in every cloud: An introduction to Nigori sake

By Bryan West

Nigori, meaning “cloudy,” refers to a style of sake that is coarsely filtered, allowing a portion of the rice sediment to be left in the finished brew.

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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Asabiraki “Suijin”

July 02, 2020

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Asabiraki “Suijin”

By Alice Hama

Asabiraki “Suijin” is one of the popular sakes produced by Asabiraki Brewery located in Iwate Prefecture.

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Comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners

June 09, 2020

Comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners

By Alice Hama

As the Japanese culinary trend evolves and consumers become familiar with sake, sommeliers are increasingly observing the rise of the importance of “sake and food pairing”. As a wine sommelier, I would like to introduce comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners, with reference to widely-recognized wine theories.

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Sparkling sake brunch at home

June 01, 2020

Sparkling sake brunch at home

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Brunch is a most pleasurable time. In some places, it can begin as early as 9:00 in the morning and end as late as 4:00 in the afternoon, solving the question of what to eat in one extensive, relaxing meal.

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May in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout, part 2

May 26, 2020

May in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout, part 2

By Bryan West

May rolls along and we find ourselves continuing to do our part to stay safe and healthy by remaining at home.

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April in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout

April 24, 2020

April in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout

By Bryan West

So it’s been a month now. A month of isolation, a month of social distancing, a month of sorely missing all the creature comforts we took for granted not too long ago.

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Cheese and sake pairing

April 08, 2020

Cheese and sake pairing

By Alice Hama

As sake attracts growing interest among international sommeliers, the idea of cheese and sake pairing has become a trendy topic.

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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

December 03, 2019

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

By Alice Hama

This is a refreshing and elegant sparkling sake made by Nanbu Bijin Brewery located in Iwate Prefecture.

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Fact 5: Sake Complements More Than Japanese Cuisine

February 22, 2019

Fact 5: Sake Complements More Than Japanese Cuisine

By Saki Kimura

In Part 5 of her series on "Misunderstood Facts", Saki Kimura, a Sake Sommelier/ Food Journalist based in San Francisco, tells us about pairing sake with other types of cuisine.

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