In the last decade there has been a global boom in sales of nihonshu or Japanese sake
, which has been encouraged by the promotional strategy of the Japanese government, the proliferation of Japanese restaurants abroad, and innovative sake
Yakumi restaurant at Solaire Resort and Casino held a sake
tasting session recently.
With junmai sakes
, no distilled alcohol is added, leaving a slightly fuller flavor.
Gasselin explains: "It needs to be easy to enjoy, and straightforward, and the very best sakes
are not the most complex.
The variety of sakes
available on the market also allows the category to compete against much of the beverage alcohol industry.
The House of Gekkeikan was founded in 1637 by the I Okura family and has been brewing sake
over 14 generations, making it one of the oldest family-operated businesses in the world," says Yoshi Yumoto, vice president of Gekkeikan at Sidney Frank.
Call it rice wine if you like, but the Japanese alcoholic beverage called sake
is more akin to beer than wine, because it is brewed rather than fermented.
, Junmai for example, go best with seafood.
AP--For years, most Americans knew sake
as a hot drink sipped from thimble-sized cups between bites of sushi.
He and business partner Allison Lowe (top) offer a comprehensive menu of sakes
, including these three choice bottlings (from left): Chikurin Taoyaka "Elegance" Junmai Daiginjo (about $80), which holds up to the heft of a holiday meal; Kikusui Junmai Ginjo (about $30), "the one that made me fall in love with sake
," Cline says; and Watari Bune Junmai Daiginjo (about $95), made from a strain of rice that nearly vanished.
A producer of premium Japanese sakes
for the Continental market is aiming to educate consumers, as well as attract new drinkers with the UK launch of Isake Premium.
Meanwhile, beers and sakes
get the nod over wine as Mon beverage companions.
Daiginjos are sakes
made with Yamada Nishiki, considered the king of sake
Bam Bou does a range of eight sakes
which includes four straight wines and four flavoured.
The events offers a spectacular array of fresh seafood, flown in from Hawaii, and prepared fresh each day, along with some of the finest Southeast Asian sakes
available in Washington, D.