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Sake, the national drink of Japan, is a wine made from fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Despite the name Japanese rice wine, sake is produced using a brewing process more similiar to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol, whereas in wine, alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes.

 

The four main grades of sake are junmai, honjozo, ginjo and daiginjo, although there are actually eight special designates for sake, distinguished by varying degrees of polishing the rice, addition of alcohol and the absence of other additives. 

  • Junmai - no alcohol has been added to the sake.
  • Honjozo - a small amount of alcohol has been added to enhance the flavor.
  • Ginjo - at least 40 percent of the grain has been polished away.
  • Daiginjo - at least 50 percent of the grain has been polished away.

There are also special types of sake, Nigorizake (cloudy sake) & sparkling sake. 

  • Nigorizake (cloudy sake) - unlike most sake, which is filtered towards the end of production to produce a clear drink, Nigorizake is only coarsely filtered, resulting in a cloudy sake that contains some of the rice solids left over from fermentation. 
  • Sparkling sake is bottled before the fermentation process has fully ended, resulting in the creation of bubbles.
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0 Yucho Brewery - Kaze No Mori Wind of The Woods
Yucho Brewery - Kaze No Mori "Wind of The Woods" (750ml)

Fresh and bright, Kaze no Mori Nama Junmai bursts with vitality. Beautiful light aromas of fresh herbs give way to flavors of berries, and the entire brew is laced with a faint effervescence, the bubbles elevating the sake. The... Read More

 
Current price:  $32.99
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Momokawa - G Fifty Junmai Ginjo Genshu
Momokawa - G Fifty Junmai Ginjo Genshu (750ml)
Country: Japan
Varietal: Sake
 
Current price:  $25.99
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0 Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake (10oz)

TASTING NOTES: Smooth and crisp with hints of apple, cucumber and melon
NOSE: slightly floral, gala apple, lemon zest

 
Current price:  $22.99
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0 Gekkeikan - Sake Gold
Gekkeikan - Sake Gold (24oz bottle)

Gekkeikan Gold is a Junmai-shu, made from carefully selected rice varieties and the fresh spring waters of the Fushimi region, for a lightly aromatic, refined sake.

Style: Lightly fragrant, full bodied, elegant, smooth finish.... Read More

 
Current price:  $19.99
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0 Kikusui Junmai Giinjo Organic Sake
Kikusui Junmai Giinjo Organic Sake (11oz bottle)
Country: Japan
Varietal: Sake
 
Current price:  $19.99
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Yuki No Bosha - Yamahai Junmai Sake (10oz)
Yuki No Bosha - Yamahai Junmai Sake (10oz)

Unlike most yamahais, Yuki No Bosha is mellow and elegant. Many sake drinkers are surprised that this is a yamahai because it does not have the gamey and funky character that most do. However, it still shows some of the nutty... Read More

 
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0 Kirinzan Brewery - Classic Sake
Kirinzan Brewery - Classic Sake (750ml)

While breweries love to showcase their premium ginjo styles Kirinzan take immense pride in their entry level ‘futsu-shu’ meant for everyday drinking. They use Gohyaku Mangoku and Koshi Ibuki sake rice polished to 65%,... Read More

 
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0 Momokawa  - Nigori Junmai Ginjo Sake Pearl
Momokawa - Nigori Junmai Ginjo Sake Pearl (750ml)
There is something different about this rich, creamy certified organic Nigori. Something that warms our hearts and tantalizes our palates. This is the first of its kind, the first Nigori to be certified organic. TASTING: Rich... Read More
 
Current price:  $18.99
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Momokawa - Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake
Momokawa - Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake (750ml)
Grown Organically 
There is something different about this rich, creamy certified organic Nigori. Something that warms our hearts and tantalizes our palates. This is the first of its kind, the first Nigori to be certified organic. TASTING: Rich... Read More
 
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0 Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake
Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake (750ml)

A pleasant balance of crisp ginjo saké with a hint of dryness and fresh, lightly sweet pear. Pronounced aroma with a smooth flavorful finish.

 
Current price:  $15.99
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Tozai - Well of Wisdom (11oz bottle)
Tozai - Well of Wisdom (11oz bottle)
Aromas of peach and powdered sugar. On the palate, the flavors head toward apricot, peach skin, and a touch of anise. This medium bodied sake presents a unique combination of a dry, crisp sake that also has amazing complexity... Read More
 
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Moonstone - Plum Sake
Moonstone - Plum Sake (750ml)
Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Varietal: Plum Wine
 
Current price:  $14.99
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0 Momokawa G Fifty
Momokawa G Fifty (10oz)

Medium-dry on the palate, featuring a silky texture with subtle notes suggestive of nectarine, grape, and pear with a balanced finish.

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS
Rich Seafood, Grilled Meats, and Pasta... Read More

 
Current price:  $14.99
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Gekkeikan - Sake (1.5L)
Gekkeikan - Sake (1.5L)

Herbaceous with hints of grapefruit and a light earthiness. Good acidity, mineral driven, well-balanced with a clean, medium finish. Delicious with tempura, full flavored fish and shellfish, fresh green vegetable dishes, and coconut-based... Read More

 
Current price:  $13.99
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Tozai - Living Jewel Junmai Sake (11oz bottle)
Tozai - Living Jewel Junmai Sake (11oz bottle)

Produced in Kyoto's ancient brewing town of Fushimi, known for its abundant supply of pure, pristine, and soft water from many nearby mountains. The label image is a Japanese koi whose vibrant colors and shimmering scales... Read More

 
Current price:  $12.99
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0 Ozeki - yamadanishiki junmai
Ozeki - yamadanishiki junmai (375ml)

Ozeki Yamadanishiki uses Yamadanishiki rice—the best sake making rice (saka mai). The Yamadanishiki rice has a larger kernel, so even at the high rice polishing rate the rice is left with enough starchy core essential to... Read More

 
Current price:  $10.99
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Moonstone - Coconut Lemongrass (11oz bottle)
Moonstone - Coconut Lemongrass (11oz bottle)
Country: Japan
Varietal: Sake
 
Current price:  $9.99
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0 Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake
Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake (11oz bottle)

A pleasant balance of crisp ginjo saké with a hint of dryness and fresh, lightly sweet pear. Pronounced aroma with a smooth flavorful finish.

 
Current price:  $9.99
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Gekkeikan - Sake Kobai Plum
Gekkeikan - Sake Kobai Plum (750ml)

Gekkeikan Kobai Plum is light and refreshing with delectable plum flavor.

Style: Notes of almond and apple blossom enhance the natural plum flavor, while honey and meyer lemon lace round out the finish.

 
Current price:  $8.99
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0 Kirinzan Brewery - Kirinzan Classic Sake Cup
Kirinzan Brewery - Kirinzan Classic Sake Cup (187ml)
Country: Japan
Varietal: Sake
 
Current price:  $8.99
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0 Sho Chiku Bai - Sake California
Sho Chiku Bai - Sake California (750ml)
The most traditional style sake. Perfect pair with Mildly seasoned dishes. Smooth, well-balanced and full body. Medium dry.
 
Current price:  $8.99
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Gekkeikan - Sake
Gekkeikan - Sake (750ml)

Herbaceous with hints of grapefruit and a light earthiness. Good acidity, mineral driven, well-balanced with a clean, medium finish. Delicious with tempura, full flavored fish and shellfish, fresh green vegetable dishes, and coconut-based... Read More

 
Current price:  $8.99
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Moonstone - Plum Sake (11oz bottle)
Moonstone - Plum Sake (11oz bottle)
Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Varietal: Plum Wine
 
Current price:  $7.99
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Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake (375ml)
Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake (375ml)
Rich, creamy and fruity - but with a crisp, vibrant presence - this unfi ltered sake is milky in color and preserves the essence of the rice. Served chilled, this sake is an ideal aperitif and complements spicy dishes very well.... Read More
 
Current price:  $7.99
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0 Joto Sake Cup
Joto Sake Cup (200ml)
Country: Japan
Varietal: Sake
 
Current price:  $4.99
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