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October 2012 Sake Tastings

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Our October tasting schedule includes special celebrations of Sake Day and the 40th anniversary of Kikusui Funaguchi, plus the launch of a new importer’s junmai yamahai muroka nama genshu, as well as an extremely dry brew from Yamagata, and an easy drinking sake from Niigata.

Monday, October 1, 2012, 5:30-8pm

Sake Day Tasting

Fukucho Junmai Ginjo (Hiroshima), Sato no Homare Junmai Ginjo (Ibaraki), Rihaku Junmai Ginjo (Shimane), and Chiyo no Sono Junmai (Kumamoto)


Thursday, October 4, 2012 6-8pm & Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5-7pm

Floating World Importer Tasting

Kidoizumi Hakugyokko Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu (Chiba)


Saturday, October 13, 2012, 5-7pm

Toyo Bijin Junmai Ginjo (Yamaguchi)


Friday, October 19, 2012, 6-8pm

Kikusui Funaguchi 40-year Anniversary Tasting


Saturday, October 27, 2012, 5-7pm

Denemon Junmai Ginjo (Niigata)

September 2012 Sake Tastings

Monday, September 10th, 2012

To celebrate the upcoming Joy of Sake in NYC, we’ll be offering a series of tastings during the months of September and October featuring Gold and Silver Award winners from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal which took place in Honolulu in late July (Hiroko was one of the nine judges). The Appraisal of 360 sake serves as the basis for the Joy of Sake events in Honolulu, New York, and Tokyo at which the public can enjoy sampling the winners as well as a host of other amazing sake, many of which are not available in the U.S.

We look forward to seeing you at one or all!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 6-8pm
Ryujin Brewery Sake Tasting (Gunma)
Oze no Yukidoke Junmai & Junami Daiginjo

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 5-7pm
Yuki no Bosha Yamahai Junmai (Akita)

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 5-7pm
Ura Gasanryu Koka Honjozo (Yamagata)

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 5-7pm
Dewazakura Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata)

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5-7pm

Shichida Junmai (Saga)

August 2012 Sake Tastings

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The proverbial “dog days of summer” have arrived and with them some delicious seasonal produce to enjoy (fresh corn and tomatoes come immediately to mind).  Our line up of tastings this month feature sake that are ably suited to pair with them and/or to refresh the palate and quench the thirst on sultry evenings.

We look forward to seeing you at one or all!

Kanpai!

Rick & Hiroko

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6-8pm

Zaku Junmai Tasting


Thursday, August 9, 2012, 6-8pm

Yuki no Bosha Junmai Ginjo Tasting


Saturday, August 18, 2012, 5-7pm

Tatenokawa 33 Junmai Daiginjo Tasting


Saturday, August 25, 2012, 5-7pm

Goriki Junmai Ginjo Tasting


Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6-8pm

Kudoki Jozu Junmai Ginjo Tasting

SAKAYA July Sake Tastings

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Summer Nama have arrived!  We’ll be featuring them along with the brewer from Tedorigawa and a great summer sippin’ sake from Gunma in our July tastings.   Please join us for one or all!

Saturday, July 7, 2012, 5-7pm

Tsuki no Katsura Junmai Ginjo Nama (Kyoto) & Ohyama Tokubetsu Junmai Nama (Yamagata)


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Thrusday, July 12, 2012, 6-8pm

Senchu Hassaku Junmai Nama (Kochi) & Ohyama Tokubetsu Junmai Nama (Yamagata)


Saturday, July 14, 2012, 5-7pm

Tedorigawa Brewery Tasting


Saturday, July 28, 2012, 5-7pm

Mizbasho Ginjo Tasting (Gunma)

SAKAYA Summer Vacation

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

For the first time since we opened in December 2007, we’ll be taking a summer vacation.  Hiroko has been invited to be a judge at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal in Honolulu, the basis for the annual Joy of Sake events in Hawaii and New York.

To enable us to enjoy some time there together we’ll be closed from 7/17 through 7/22 (reopening 7/23).   We hope that you’ll visit or make arrangements to fill your sake needs before or after at your convenience.

Wishing you a great sake sippin’ summer!

Kanpai!

Rick & Hiroko

June 2012 Sake Tastings

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Our June tastings feature a series of the latest additions to our shop selections plus an old favorite.   Please join us for one or all!

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 5-7pm

Azumaichi Junmai Ginjo (Saga)


Saturday, June 9, 2012, 5-7pm

Kubota “Senju” Honjozo (Niigata)


Saturday, June 16, 2012, 5-7pm

Rihaku “Wandering Poet” Junmai Ginjo (Shimane)


Saturday, June 23, 2012, 5-7pm

Tenryo “Hidahomare” Junmai Ginjo (Gifu)


Saturday, June 30, 2012, 5-7pm

Kuro Ushi Junami Ginjo (Mie)

May 2012 Sake Tastings

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

May is exciting month.  The long-awaited,  peach yeast-flavored spring namazake, Kamikokoro Tokagen has finally arrived and Mr. Saura,  president of Miyagi’s famous Urakasumi brewery and  “Book of Sake”  author and Kinoshita brewery’s  toji (master brewer) Philip Harper will be joining us for tastings!  We’ll also introduce our two newest sake, Kuroushi Junmai and Tatenokawa 33 Junmai Daiginjo.

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 5-7pm

Kamikokoro Tokagen Namazake Tasting (Okayama)


Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6-8pm

Tamagawa Brewery’s Sake Tasting by Philip Harper (Kyoto)


Friday, May 11, 2012, 6-8pm

Urakasumi Brewery Sake Tasting (Miyagi)


Saturday, May 12, 2012, 5-7pm

Kotsuzumi Tokubetsu Junmai Namazake Tasting (Hyogo)


Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5-7pm

Tate no Kawa 33 Junmai Daiginjo Tasting (Yamagata)


Saturday, May 26, 2012, 5-7pm

Kuro Ushi Junmai Sake Tasting (Wakayama)

February 2012 Sake Tastings

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Now that we’re back from Japan, we’ve been able to put together our schedule of tastings for February.   We’re excited to have the brewer pouring a classic Hyogo brew, to offer the latest limited edition early spring nama from Naraman , and to feature an “under-the-radar” favorite at the end of the month.   Please join us to taste a diverse variety of fine premium sake!

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 5-7pm

Jitsuraku Kimoto Junmai (Hyogo)


Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5-7pm

Naraman Origarami Junmai (Fukushima)


Saturday, February 25, 2012, 5-7pm

Azumaichi Junmai (Saga)

SAKAYA Vacation

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

We’ll be closing for our annual vacation trip to Japan from Sunday, January 22 until Friday,  February 3.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to your visit  today or after we return.

Many thanks!

Rick & Hiroko

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Specialty Sake in 2011

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Among our specialty sake (sparkling, nigori, umeshu, and yuzushu) the top sellers were…

5.  Kamoizumi “Summer Snow” Nigori

With the appearance of a blanket of new snow settled in the bottle, this nigori has the refreshing character that delivers an experience consistent with its promise.

4.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu

This tasty,  sweet umeshu is made with sake blended with pureed plum giving it added texture that distinguishes it from other umeshu.

3.  Chikurin Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

People seem to love this slightly sweet, lightly effervescent happoshu in the small blue bottle.

2.  Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

Pretty in Pink!  This sparkling sake has the same light effervescence as its sibling combined with a light rose petal aroma…and it looks just plain cute too!

1.  Ume no Yado Yuzu

We call it  “lemonade for adults.”   This yuzu sake is so deliciously sweet, citrusy, and refreshing that people can’t stop drinking it once they’ve started.