We're celebrating Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday and the opening of their new restaurant, Izanami, here on The Big Show by tasting 33 sakes in 33 days. It's the perfect storm, right? We are having so much fun sampling sakes and enjoying the delicious food that Chef Kim Muller prepares daily at Izanami. I can see now how one goal could be to let folks know that sake pairs really well with food just like wine does. I knew nothing about sake before we began this symposium and I am really starting to understand all of the intricacies of sake- there is so much to learn and taste! Yesterday, I was talking about the Evoluzione sake series and how they want to make sake more accessible and less intimidating. By using English labels and blue bottles they are hoping to present it as if presenting a bottle of wine. I can see myself in the future forgoing wine and instead ordering a bottle of sake with my meal. I never thought that day would come. The sakes we have tasted so far are chilled and not like the hot sake I used to have every once in awhile.
Our 7th sake we sampled in Jokigen Junmai Ginjo. Kaz told me that "Jokigen" means jubilant and I told him the only way I could remember that was if I thought of it as "joke again". This sake had a richness to it and was clean a little bit golden in color. Deborah said that if you don't know what sake you like this would be a good one for you to try. We thought it paired really well with our spinach salad. It has hints of fruit and flower, which lends it a fresh taste. This sake comes from the Yamagata prefecture in Japan. This region is known for producing sakes that are rich, floral and fruity. Kaz said that he and Deborah share a common love for the sakes of this region.
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!
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