Sake Sommelier Pairing Ideas: Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

Alice Hama

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    This is a refreshing and elegant sparkling sake made by Nanbu Bijin Brewery located in Iwate Prefecture. Established in 1902, the brewery has been a true pioneer in producing traditional sake while incorporating innovative modern technologies. The brewery has won numerous domestic and international accolades throughout the years, and is undoubtedly one of the most well-known sake brands around the world.

    Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

    Among all other successful line-ups, Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling” is a fairly new release. It is a serious sparkler made with the Champagne method or méthode champenoise, meaning the second fermentation occurs in the same bottle. This evidences that the bubbles are of genuinely natural and of high-quality.

    The sake has the floral aroma of white bouquet and a hint of mikan orange, followed by white peach. It has very persistent fine bubbles with beautifully balanced acidity.

    The perfect kampai drink for celebratory occasions!

    Japanese Food Pairing Ideas

    • Hirame Sashimi
    • Kani-Su (crab and cucumber with vinegar)
    • Seasoned Ikura

    Asian Food Pairing Ideas

    • Shrimp with Mayo Sauce
    • Thai Mango Salad
    • Indian Samosas

    Western Food Pairing Ideas

    • Salmon Tartare
    • Snapper Carpaccio with Caper
    • Capricciosa Salad (tomato, burrata, basil)
    Alice Hama

    Alice Hama

    Certified Sommelier in wine and sake with more than 15 beverage and food-related certifications around the world, including Court of Master and WSET Sommeliers. Alice’s passion for wine and sake has taken her on many gastronomic adventures! She currently consults and writes for several importers, restaurants, and media outlets.

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