With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, for many the search for amorous expression intensifies. For those who are seeking to go beyond cards, candy, and flowers, might we suggest something sake as a means to express your love?
Our picks (shown above from left to right) to make this a Valentine’s Day to remember are:
Tedorigawa Ikina Onna "Lucky Lady" Junmai Daiginjo (Ishikawa) - When told that it reminded you of her, what fortunate woman wouldn’t be flattered to be presented with this beautifully elegant, silky brew!
Kamikokoro "Tokagen" Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu (Okayama) - Uniquely brewed with white peach yeast, this early spring release namazake is delicately sweet like your first love.
Denshin "Yuki" Junmai Ginjo (Fukui) – Pure and clean with a gentle fragrance, the bottle design characters translate to "express what is in your heart." Need we say more?
Juyon Dai Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata) - Very difficult to find, this sake has achieved cult status for its delicately aromatic, smooth elegance with nuanced layers of apricot and melon flavors. Its Valentine’s connection? Ju yon is Japanese for the number 14.
Tsukasabotan "Fu-in (Seal) " Junmai Ginjo (Kochi) - Seal your Valentine’s affection with the kiss of this clean, grapefruit and banana-scented brew.
Ban Ryu "Thousand Ways" Honjozo (Yamagata) – Give this cherry and berry noted sake and you won’t have to come up with the other 999 ways to say "I love you."
Finding a unique gift or preparing a special Valentine’s dinner is always a challenge. Try introducing sake as the twist for this year. You never know, it might become a tradition.
Rick & Hiroko