Blog - Sake Sommelier

Tippsy's writers contribute to bringing unique content around Japanese Sake, food culture and trends to you.

Seasonal sake box for every taste—a sake sommelier’s guide

December 16, 2020

Seasonal sake box for every taste—a sake sommelier’s guide

By Bryan West

At the beginning of the fall, Tippsy began an exciting new approach to their subscription service. Each season, subscription holders will now receive six 10-ounce bottles, as opposed to the former offering of three bottles each month.

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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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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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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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Spotlight: Aya Nomoto

September 24, 2019

Spotlight: Aya Nomoto

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Aya Nomoto is an accomplished and dedicated sake professional, sommelier, and educator with Level 3 WSET certifications and awards.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

August 02, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Jessica Joly is Marketing Director for Sake Discoveries, a New York-based company spreading sake awareness through events, branding, and education.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

May 22, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our third Spotlight, we talk to Jessica Joly whose creativity is bringing sake to new heights and audiences!

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Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

March 20, 2019

Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our second Spotlight, leading female sommelier Alice Hama tells us about the expanding world of wine and sake, and shares excellent recommendations for "bridging" the two global beverages.

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Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

January 19, 2019

Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In Part 2 of our interview, Timothy Sullivan tells us about his experiences with Hakkaisan Brewery and the changes in Japan that are bringing premium sake to the forefront.

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Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

January 10, 2019

Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

"Sake is Japanese culture in a cup—a microcosm of the larger expression of Japanese culture." We kick off our new Spotlight Series with our first guest, Hakkaisan Global Brand Ambassador, Sake Educator and Sake Sommelier Timothy Sullivan.

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