Archive for January, 2011

February 2011 Sake Tastings

Monday, January 24th, 2011

After we return from Japan, we are delighted to begin our Feburary tastings by welcoming two prestigious brewers from Miyagi prefecture and excited to follow them with two weekend events introducing the first wave of early spring namazake

Thursday, February 10, 2011, from 6 to 8pm

Ichinokura Brewery Tasting

Friday, February 11, 2011, from 6 to 8pm

Urakasumi Brewery Tasting

Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 5 to 7pm

Spring Namazake Tasting

Friday, February 25, 2011, from 6 to 8pm

Spring Namazake Tasting

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Speciality Sake for 2010

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

And as promised, our top five best selling specialty sake countdown…

5.  Yuki no Bosha Junmai Ginjo Nigori (Akita)

Nice light touch of strawberry and peach, elegant and delicate Nigori sake.

4.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu (Nara)

Sweet and plummy!  Pureed plum mixed with sake add a great texture to umeshu.

3.  Kamoizumi Summer Snow Ginjo Nigori (Hiroshima)

Sweet yet light and refreshing, perfect Nigori for just sipping and with spicy food.

2.  Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling (Okayama)

Pink and cute, slightly sweet with touch of hibiscus, nice bubbly sake for everyday to celebration.

1.  Ume no Yado Yuzushu (Nara)

Who doesn’t like Yuzu?  This product flies off the shelf like an infinite Angry Birds attack!

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2010

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

As we begin 2011 it’s time to take what has become our annual last look back to share the list of our customers’ favorite sake from the just completed year.  This year we’ve added a new wrinkle to our reporting by separating what has previously been one list into two;  the first for Seishu (refined sake) and the second for Specialty Sake (e.g. Nigori, Sparkling, and flavored).   Each list is posted separately.

So, without further adieu we give you the countdown of our top 10 selling seishu

10.  Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai (Hokkaid0)

Dry and easy to drink, the best example of dry Junmai sake

9.  Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai (Nagano)

Medium to light body, it is smooth and goes down easy.

8.  Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo (Nagano)

The best spring namazake of 2010!  Fresh and lively, it makes people smile.

7.  Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku Junmai Ginjo (Fukui)

Who can say “no” to Kokuryu Junmai Ginjo?  With its silky smoothness  and great body it is a great accompaniment for any food.

6.  Jokigen Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata)

Cool label with smooth rice flavor, it goes down easy and quick.

5.  Denemon Junmai Ginjo (Niigata)

Hint of peach and honeydew on the note, it is great to drink by itself or with food.

4.  Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Tokushima)

Bold and distinctive!  Its body and smoothness will match with beef and hardy food.

3.  Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai (Kochi)

The basic table sake of  choice, it is dry with good body.

2.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo (Yamaguchi)

If you have never had sake before, start with Dassai 50.  It is an elegant and beautiful sake.

1.  Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu (Niigata)

Who can resist this bright, bold sake in a pocket-sized can?

January 2011 Sake Tastings

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year!   Our somewhat abbreviated  tasting lineup this month features two sake that we believe are deserving of greater attention than they generally receive.   We hope that you’ll visit us to sample them and discover their unique charms.

Saturday, January 8, 2011, 5-7pm

Nagaragawa “Tenkawa” Junmai Ginjo (Gifu)

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 5-7pm

Sake Hitosuji Junmai Ginjo (Okayama)

We also wanted to note that SAKAYA will be closed from January 25 to February 4 while we take our first vacation since we opened in December 2007.    We hope that you’ll plan to visit us before (or after) at your convenience.


Rick & Hiroko