Weddings, Graduation Day, Father’s Day, and the year’s longest day (marking the official beginning of summer)…in the U.S. the month of June brings with it many sake-celebratory occasions.
In Japan, June marks the start of the rainy season. Known in Japanese as Tsuyu or Baiu (梅雨）, the word which originally came from China, literally means “plum rain.” Why plum? As is often the case in China and Japan, seasonal weather is whimsically linked to a floral or food item that is prominent at that time of year. In this case, it is when plums ripen. Hence the kanji (Chinese) character for plum was adopted to describe this rainy season.
Rain or shine, we believe that every day is an occasion for enjoying sake. So, when planning your June celebrations, looking for that breakthrough idea for a gift to mark a special occasion, or just looking to metaphorically bring a little bit of the Japanese “plum rain” experience into your life, think sake!
This month we’ve lined up some great opportunities to expand your sake experience. We are fortunate to have two brewers from Japan and one key importer scheduled (so far) and we’ve also added a new wrinkle too….
Wednesday, June 4: 6pm to 8pm
Fukumitsuya, the brewer of Kagatobi sake will be represented by Mr. Yageta who will be pouring their flavorful, fruit forward Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo, and dry, savory Cho Karacuchi Junmai Yamahai.
Thursday, June 12: 6pm to 8pm
Asahi Brewer Mr. Sakurai is back in NYC with his famous Dassai brand sake and will be leading the tasting of his Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo, Dassai 50 Junmai Ginjo and Dassai Junmai Ginjo Nigori.
Saturday, June 21: 3pm to 6pm
Sake expert Paul Tanguay will pour several special sake selections from the portfolio of importer, Vine Connections…check out the schedule on the website for updates on the specific sake to be tasted.
Saturday, June 28: 3pm to 6pm
Sake & Cheese! An unlikely marriage? If you haven’t tried it yet, let us introduce you to a match made in heaven.
Please be sure to check our website regularly for updates to this schedule. We look forward to seeing you at SAKAYA!