Sake News from Japan

Sake news down under

Sake news down under

International Kikisake-shi and sake expert Tomoko Takiguchi writes an article for Nikkei Style about – sake news! Sake is increasingly popular in Australia, not only in Japanese restaurants but also local ones. Australia also has its own highly individual sake...

Another sweet way to enjoy kanzake

Another sweet way to enjoy kanzake

You may have already come across the idea of a sake affogato - a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a suitably sweet and savoury heated sake poured over the top in place of a shot of espresso - but here's another very Japanese take on how to include kanzake in a dessert...

Wine sommelier takes sake back to its sweet – and sour – past

Wine sommelier takes sake back to its sweet – and sour – past

The “Punk Nihonshu” column in Excite News looks at another unusual brewer – this time a former wine sommelier who left the wine world to brew his idea of “natural” sake. Kazuki Usui is the 11th head of the Senkin brewery, which has been passed down through the family...

Gifu brewery with pressing business in the Shōwa Era

Gifu brewery with pressing business in the Shōwa Era

Shūhei Yamashita reports in the Asahi Shinbun Digital on Watanabe Shuzōten in Furukawa, Hida – not far from Takayama with its cluster of breweries – who saw in the new year by bringing back an ancient technique. They pressed sake on 10 January 2020 in a fune [船,...

Nada brewery draws attention with art label project

Nada brewery draws attention with art label project

You may be more interested in what’s in the bottle, but the Fashionsnap site reports on sake brewery Sawanotsuru teaming up with a number of Japanese artists in a project to create eye-catching labels. 14 artists including shoe designer Yasuhiro Mihara, illustrator...

Sake exports continue to rise, but why?

Sake exports continue to rise, but why?

In the midst of the New Year party season, also prime time for fresh sake, Livedoor News looks at how the export market for sake has tripled in value in the last 10 years and, more importantly, why. Total sake consumption (reckoned by tax revenue) is down to less than...

Should you keep your sake below zero?

Should you keep your sake below zero?

Nikkei Style reports on a wine-style fridge designed especially for sake with the aim of keeping it at a numbing -5°C. Aqua developed the SAKE CABINET to provide ideal storage conditions for sake at home, ensuring you can enjoy your brew to the fullest. Noticing the...

A new sake pairing – with novels

A new sake pairing – with novels

The Niigata Business Journal features a new (to me anyway) sake collaboration – novels. Horoyoi Bunko (ほろよい文庫, “tipsy books”) has two very short novels set in the traditional sake production area of Nagaoka, presented alongside sake to drink while reading them....

Sake still on the rise in France

Sake still on the rise in France

AFP BB News has a brief but insightful look into the still-developing sake scene in France. (See the article for a 1 min 14 second video.) Paz Levinson, head sommelier of the French luxury restaurant group Anne-Sophie Pic, slowly tastes from a glass while picking up a...

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