February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days: #26 Chikuma Nishiki

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

By Honey Harris

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Our celebration of Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday continues with our "33 Sakes in 33 Days" and today we are talking about sake #26, Chikuma Nishiki Kizan 3 Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu.  It's so appropriate that for Valentine's Day week that all of our sakes will be tart but not sweet.  Chikuma Nishiki brewery is located in the center of Nagano  Prefecture- a perfect location for sake brewing because of its naturally cold location amid some of Japan's tallest mountain ranges.  From crystal clear water, fresh cold mountain air and great rice, Nagano has the perfect requirements for producing fantastic sake.  Chikuma Nishiki has a long brewing history dating back to 1681.  The brewery is built around four wells sourced from the Chikuma River which provide soft water perfect for sake brewing.  They also utilize the famous local rice called Miyama Nishiki for their sake brewing because of its large plump uniform grain and its ability to grow even in the extremely cold areas of Nagano.  With an acidity three times the average ginjo sake, this is a ginjo with body!  The high acidity creates a full, flavored mouthfeel.  Kizan 3 is nama (unpasteurized) and genshu (undiluted) but is lower in alcohol than most genshu sake.  We thought this sake tasted very smooth with hints of licorice and was very delicious, almost like a port. 

At Izanami, they are celebrating the 33rd birthday of Ten Thousand Waves' with a happy hour through the end of the month.   Every evening after 9pm, all food and non-alcoholic beverages at Izanami are 33% off the regular menu price. And all day today you can taste the Kizan 3 at a special price. Just mention that you heard about it on The Big Show. Be sure to take your notes and enter our contest to win dinner for two at Izanami and a private hot tub for two from Ten Thousand Waves by logging onto santafe.com keyword sake on Fridays and on Monday we will draw a winner. Good luck, Sake students!

Enter the contest here.