Category Archives: Sake

Distributor planning statewide shochu sales

Attention, sake fans.

Joto Sake has announced a program to begin wholesaling spirits in the New York market in October, starting with its portfolio of shochus, which includes the Asahi, Seiko Udoko and Shima Senryo brands.

Joto has been distributing its artisanal sake line through its wine license in New York State since 2005.

The company will be adding American craft spirits as well, according to founder Henry Sidel. While distributing its own brands in New York, Joto’s portfolio is handled by Southern Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing Co., Young’s Market, Wirtz Beverage and others across the country.

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Sake


• ‘Joy of Sake’ offering 300+ labels

NEW YORK — Curious about sake? What is billed as the largest sake tasting outside Japan is coming to town.

“The Joy of Sake” will be held Friday, October 21, offering 326 varieties, 171 of which are not available in the U.S. It features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with 10 judges from Japan and the U.S.

The event also will include a selection of traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine tastings, with appetizers presented by 12 New York restaurants.

Tickets are $90 per person, available by phone at (888) 799-7242 or online. The venue is the Altman Building at 131 West 18th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood.

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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Manhattan, NYC, Sake, Tasting Event


Planning for National Sake Day

NEW YORK — Most spirits have a day or a month dedicated to them, even if the dedication has to be created by public relations folks. So, why should sake, the iconic Japanese drink, be any different?

October 1 is Nihonshu no Hi, or National Sake Day, traditionally the day brewmasters across Japan begin the process of producing their sake. It will be celebrated in various ways at various venues in this country. At Haru, the eight-location group of modern Japanese restaurants (seven in the city, one in Boston), specialty sake-based cocktails and flights will be the order of the day

The sake-based concoctions include:

Mr. Beam’s Sake Cider ($12) — A seasonal special served during autumn and winter, created with Jim Beam Black, Reiko Cold Sake and fresh apple cider.
Ultimate Saketini ($12) — A girls-night-out cocktail, created with Ultimat Vodka, sake and plum wine, served “up.”
Sake Runner ($10) — A reminder of the tropics, created with sake, rum and “island delights.”
Cherry Blossom ($12) — Created with Svedka Cherry Vodka, Nigori Sake, Peacu puree and cranberry juice.
Harupolitan ($12) — A spin on a classic cocktail, created with TyKu Liqueur, Ichiko Shochu, pineapple juice, orange juice, sour mix and Contrieau.
Top Flight Sake Flight ($19) — A tasting of Kaori, Kira, Wakatake and Kubota (only at Sake Bar location).

You can the rundown on food offerings, various drinks specials, and locations of the Haru spots online.

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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, NYC, Sake


• Upstate sake dinner seems a good bet

GUILDERLAND, NY — Misoshiru soup, commonly called miso, as served in most local Japanese restaurants usually tastes like dishwater. That problem has been alleviated at Hana Japanese Steakhouse, where I recently enjoyed an excellent, full-bodied version.

What does this have to do with drinking? Any place that pays attention to such a basic, everyday item probably will spend considerable effort in getting a special event right. Which brings me to news of a sake dinner being planned there for next Wednesday (March 9).

The event, which will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour, will be followed by a five-course dinner paired with Gekkeikan sake, plus plum wine and dessert.

For the uninitiated, sake is a naturally fermented alcoholic beverage classified in the same general category with wine and beer even though it is made with rice. Gekkeikan brasake contains no additives, is low in alcohol content, and can be served both hot and cold.

Advance reservations for the dinner, at $65 per person, are required. Phone: (518) 452-4262. Hana is located at 1620 Western Avenue, near the Crossgates Mall entrance in this Albany County town.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Capital Region, Cuisine, Restaurant, Sake