Archive for January, 2010

Our 2009 Top 10….

Friday, January 8th, 2010

As we begin the new decade we pause for just a moment to take one last look back at the past year to share with you the sake that our customers loved best.   Here without further ado, are the SAKAYA Top Ten best-selling sake of 2009…

Jokigen Junmai Ginjo

10.  Jokigen Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata)

With its uniquely stylized label, Jokigen Junmai Ginjo has well balanced flavor of  rice and fruit with acidity.

Ume no Yado Junmai Ginjo

9.  Ume no Yado Junmai Ginjo (Nara)

Rich and bold flavor with fruity aroma, solid and dependable Junmai Ginjo.

Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu (Nara)

8.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu (Nara)

A blend of sake and pureed plum, Aragoshi Umeshu has a mouthfilling plum flavor and a clean, refreshing finish.

Yuki no Bosha Nigori (Akita)

7.  Yuki no Bosha Nigori (Akita)

Popular among nigori lovers,  this brew offers a delicate balance of sweetness with notes of strawberry and peach.

Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai

6.  Suigei “Drunken Whale” Tokubetsu Junmai (Kochi)

A dry sake that is perfect for drinking chilled or warmed.

Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Tokushima)

5.  Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Tokushima)

Rich and powerful with slightly sweet taste,  this is a high grade unpasteurized, undiluted sake.

Denemon Junmai Ginjo

4.  Denemon Junmai Ginjo (Niigata)

Clean and delicate with peach and honeydew flavors, it has a good balance of fruitiness and acidity with dry finish.

Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

3.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo (Yamaguchi)

The most reasonably priced Junmai Daiginjo on the market, Dassai 50 is slightly sweet with very clean finish.

Ume no Yado Yuzu

2.  Ume no Yado Yuzu (Nara)

Who can resist the flavor of yuzu?  Ume no Yado Yuzu-shu was an instant hit when the product hit the store in early 2009.  It has very refreshing citrus taste, similar to lemonade.

Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu

1.  Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu (Niigata)

For the second year in a row, Kikusui Funaguchi  is as popular as ever.  It is a tasty rich sake in an unforgettable package.  This can goes everywhere and anywhere!

January 2010 Tastings

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Happy New Year!  In keeping with our pledge to bring you the latest arrivals to the U.S., we begin our 2010 tastings with the very first seasonal namazake (unpasteurized sake) of the year and follow that with a brand new sake that has just become available in this country.   We wind up the month with some brews that when served warm are great for taking some of the bite out of mother nature’s frosty embrace and a couple of old favorites that pair wonderfully with hearty winter fare.

We look forward to seeing you at one of all of these SAKAYA tastings for a New Year’s  Kanpai!

Rick & Hiroko

Saturday, January 9, 2010, 4-6PM

Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Tasting

Friday, January 15, 2010, 6-8PM

Japan Prestige Sake Association Tasting

Shirataki Jukusei Jozen Mizunogotoshi Junmai Ginjo (Niigata)

Friday, January 22, 2010, 6-8PM

World Sake Tasting

Kamoizumi Shusen “Three Dots” Junmai & Kamoizumi Summer Snow Nigori (Hiroshima)

Friday, January 29, 2010, 6-8PM

NY Mutual Trading Tasting

Take no Tsuyu Junmai (Yamagata) & Tama no Hikari Yamahai Ginjo (Kyoto)