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We're extremely excited to be hosting our very first sake dinner at Racines, pairing a wonderful array of Japan's national beverage with the elegant and delicious food of Chef Paul Liebrandt. Chef Paul will create a unique 5-course tasting menu, and we'll have two sake per course, exploring both the diversity of the category, as well as the myriad pairing combinations. The inimitable Monica Samuels, one of the USA's premier sake gurus, will be on hand to answer all questions and the indomitable Pascaline Lepeltier MS and myself will be available to guide you through the tasting course. We'll be pouring sake from all over Japan, and exploring a wide variety of styles and production techniques, and the daring food and beverage pairings are sure to surprise and (hopefully) thrill. A perfect evening for both the sake connoisseur and someone just stoking their interest! Oskar Kostecki
Fukucho is made at Imada Shuzo, in the town of Akitsu in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the shores of Japan's Inland Sea, a body of water separating the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Notably, Imada Shuzo is run by a woman, Miho Imada, who holds the title of both Brewery President and Toji Master, positions she inherited after over a decade of training in the family business. In the years since, she's put her own mark on the brewery, most notably with the Forgotten Fortune bottling. Imada-san revived an heirloom variety of Hiroshima rice called Hattanso, previously only conserved in seed banks, and replanted it for the first time in over a century. After years of experimentation, she's dialed in the exact brewing specifications and crafts this wonderfully clean, vibrant sake with a undercurrent of salinity and umami. The nose is delicate with notes of melon, cucumber peel and steamed rice, and the palate shows great acidity and crisp dry finish. Hiroshima is famous for its oysters, and this sake is a perfect pairing. Delicious with all types of shellfish and seafood, this sake also pairs wonderfully with salads and other light vegetarian fare. Oskar Kostecki
This is an incredibly easy-drinking hiya-oroshi! Notes of steamed rice, yellow blossom, cucumber water and honeydew melon intermingle with earthier tones of mushroom and dried flowers, with a slight lactic, yogurt-y presence. This hiya-oroshi is the lightest of the three, and is a great introduction to the style. Kikusui is produced in Niigata Prefecture, and the brewery has been in operation since the 1880s. Oskar Kostecki
Full bodied and with great texture on the palate, this is a sake to build a meal around. Notes of steamed rice, green melon, lemon curd, pickled bamboo, lotus root, yogurt, black pepper, and a certain earthy, savory je ne sais quoi make this a very complex and engaging sake. It is bottled from a single tank, as the producer feels they want to preserve the individual qualities of each batch as opposed to blending for consistency. This sake is also bottled without charcoal filtration and undiluted, which adds to its richness and texture. Oskar Kostecki
I met Niichiro Marumoto at a sake tasting hosted by Brooklyn Kura in June, and was immediately drawn to what he is doing at Marumoto Shuzo. Unlike about 99.9% of the industry, Niichiro-san farms all the rice that is used in the production of his sake. Since World War II, Japan has had a system where all rice production was controlled and distributed by the government. Only in the last few decades have sake producers been able to buy directly from rice farmers; but the rice market is still dominated by large regional co-ops with immense buying power. When Niichiro-san took over the family business at a young age, he quickly realized that a way for a small company like his to be not only sustainable going forward, but also to guarantee the best quality of raw material for their product was simply to grow everything himself. Thus far he has converted about 10% of his production to organic farming, and has a team at the brewery that does comparative analysis on each rice paddy to see how various agricultural practices have an impact on the finished product. I spent over 45 minutes chatting with Niichiro-san about rice farming, and feel like I left with more questions than I had at the start! This sake is wonderfully complex, effortlessly mixing the more fruit-forward elements of the classic Junmai Ginjo style with a savory undercurrent that resolves into a long and crisp finish. Notes of cucumber peel and melon rind, citrus, yellow flowers, acacia, nettles, and steamed rice dance across the palate, building in depth and intricacy. A sake I want to drink all the time. Oskar Kostecki
Masumi, the premium brand from Miyasaka Shuzo in Nagano, makes one of our favorite hiya-oroshi styles. On the nose, among the more forward notes of steamed rice, melon, citrus rind, and underripe mango is a savory undercurrent of sesame paste, hazelnuts, cream and a faint whiff of pine, moss, and crushed leaves. As the sake warms up to room temperature, the savory characteristics become even more prominent, it gains in weight and mouthfeel, and a hint of caramel and honey creeps in. Enjoy with fall vegetable dishes, mushrooms, a roast chicken, or as a wonderful accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner. Oskar Kostecki
This honjozo (sake with brewer's alcohol added during the fermentation process, NOT after) is our ultimate summer session sake! Clean and refreshing, with a crisp aromatic profile, this is an everyday sipper of the highest caliber. Notes of melon, banana, cucumber water and white flowers drive the nose and the palate is bright, with good acidity and a graceful finish. Oskar Kostecki
This richer and more rustic hiya-oroshi is produced at the small brewery Tomita Shuzo, in Shiga Prefecture. Tomita Shuzo is one of the oldest breweries still in operation, and while it has been a local favorite for centuries, the past few decades have seen this tiny kura garner an international reputation. Fuller-bodied and more savory than the Masumi, this is a textured sake, with layers of dried flowers, dried leaves, chestnut, lemon oil, and a hint of cracked black pepper on the finish. Balancing out the richer texture and earthier qualities with bright acidity, this hiya-oroshi is a beautiful example of the powerful and old-school sake being made at this historic brewery. Oskar Kostecki