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Sake Recommendations for Wine Drinkers

March 11, 2019

Sake Recommendations for Wine Drinkers

By Saki Kimura

Sake is attracting the attention of sommeliers and wine lovers! Read Saki's tips on selecting sake based on your general wine preferences and tastes.

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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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Fact 4: You Should Not Make Sake Piping Hot

February 01, 2019

Fact 4: You Should Not Make Sake Piping Hot

By Saki Kimura

Continuing her series, "6 Facts That Are Misunderstood About Sake," Saki Kimura shares how to properly warm sake without losing its delicate taste and aroma.

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Can you make sake with regular table rice?

January 25, 2019

Can you make sake with regular table rice?

By Seika Suzuki

Not all rice is suitable for brewing sake. Certain types of Japonica rice have special components that are used for brewing sake. The most important property is "shinpaku" which plays an important role in saccharification, the conversion of starch to sugar, and influences the taste and aroma of the final product.

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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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Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

December 28, 2018

Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

By Saki Kimura

Saki Kimura, a Sake Sommelier/ Food Journalist based in San Francisco, writes a special series of articles "6 Facts that Are Misunderstood About Sake"

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Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

December 28, 2018

Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

By Saki Kimura

One of the most shocking sake experiences working as a sake sommelier in Tokyo was when I saw a visitor from overseas chugging a glass of sake. Surprised and curious at the same time, I couldn’t help but ask “Why do you drink sake like tequila?

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Why is the brand

December 17, 2018

Why is the brand "Dassai" so famous?

By Genki Ito

How did "Dassai" brand become so famous? You will see how a small brewery located in distant small town in Yamaguchi Prefecture innovated the sake industry.

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Top 5 Gifts for Sake Lovers

December 11, 2018

Top 5 Gifts for Sake Lovers

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The art of sake deserves to be celebrated! Here are the Top 5 gift recommendations for your sake-loving friend or co-worker. Use the right sake vessels to enjoy hot or chilled sake. Serve it on a beautiful wooden tray, reminiscent of Japan, or in a modern ice bucket.

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What is rice polishing ratio?

November 11, 2018

What is rice polishing ratio?

By Seika Suzuki

Seika studies "Japanese sake" at Niigata University in Japan, which is located at the center of sake production. She explains the basics of "Rice Polishing Ratio" and how that affects the overall quality of sake.

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Journey Into Sake

October 15, 2018

Journey Into Sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Our Content Editor, Louie Anne talks about her first encounter with sake and her cultural experience growing up in beautiful Okinawa, Japan.

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Fact 1: Sake Is Made From Rice

October 01, 2018

Fact 1: Sake Is Made From Rice

By Saki Kimura

Sake, Japanese traditional alcoholic drink, is mysterious and complicated. Its flavor can easily change depending on temperature, vessels and food. Though it seems drinkable and smooth, you can get really drunk if you don’t know the proper way to enjoy it.

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