Saké Nomi logo Nomidachi News • Vol.12 • March 31, 2008
Saké Happenings:

>Return of "The Saké Lady": Wed., April 2 New Saké Tasting
>Echigo Beer & Saké Tasting: Sat., April 5 @ 2 - 5 p.m

>Artisan Saké Dinner @ Qube: April 6
>Tasting With "The Saké Guy," John Gauntner: April 12
>Saké 101: Thurs., April 17 @ 7 p.m.
>Saké Japanese: Sat., April 26 @ 7 p.m.

Dear Nomidachi:

Enough of the small talk!

Get out your planners, calendars, iPhones, whatever, and mark the dates for all the cool stuff coming up!

We hope you can make time to join us for some of the events mentioned below, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


Johnnie & Taiko


Return of "The Saké Lady," Hideyo Seek
She's coming back -- and she's bringing new saké!

Back by popular demand, Ms. Hideyo Seek (from distributor Young's Columbia), will be returning to Saké Nomi for a very special new saké tasting Wed., April 2 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Come join the fun as Hideyo helps introduce 4 saké from Wine of Japan recently made available in Washington.


Echigo Beer & Saké Tasting: April 5
Featuring beer from Japan's first microbrewery!

Niigata prefecture, also known as "The Region Formerly Known as Echigo," boasts more saké breweries per capita than any other region in Japan.

Blessed with all the natural resources most condusive to saké brewing, Niigata is also home to Japan's first beer microbrewery, Uehara Shuzo, established in 1993.

Please join us on Saturday, April 5 from 2 - 5 p.m., as we pour samples of 2 of Uehara's delicious beers, Koshihikari Echigo Beer and Echigo Stout.

At the same tasting, we'll also be featuring 3 saké from the same region, Kirin Koshihikari (Junmai Daiginjo), Echigo Tsurukame (Junmai), and Hatsuhana Utatane (Junmai).

We hope you can join us for this special tasting!

Saké Dinner @ Qube: Sun., April 6
5 Courses Paired With 5 Saké for $70

We cordially invite you to join us Sunday, April 6 as we host an "Artisan Saké Dinner" at Qube Restaurant.

Five courses are being paired with five different saké, and we're really excited for people to experience some food-saké pairings that don't involve the other "s" words (you know, sushi and sashimi?). For menu details, please go to:

Seating is limited, but you can still make reservations by contacting Qube directly at (206) 770-5888.

Who's Your Saké Daddy?
World renowned author and saké know-it-all John Gauntner, that's who!

Saké Nomi is extremely pleased to announce our very first VIP visit is going to be from one of the very VIP-iest: none other than saké expert and all-around great guy John Gauntner.

You can find John's official bio on his excellent website, Sake World.

All you really need to know is in that bio's first sentence: "John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. "

Let's clarify: John's NOT an expert on "non-Japanese saké," rather he IS the world's leading expert on saké whose nationality and native tongue are not Japanese. (For what it's worth he, like Johnnie, is originally from the Midwest, and a member of the "Japanese Wives Club.")

Johnnie met John when he took John's Professional Saké Course in Kamakura, Japan back in 2006. John has since served as confidante, advisor, and unparalleled source of saké-related information. One of his replies to Johnnie's request for a particularly hard to find tidbit included the remark, "Who's your Saké Daddy?" The designation has stuck.

John will be visiting Saké Nomi on Saturday, April 12 from 2 - 5 p.m., helping us pour and chat about some of his favorite saké, as well as sign copies of his excellent books, The Saké Handbook, and The Saké Companion (both available for retail purchase at Saké Nomi, of course).

We hope you'll be able to join us in welcoming John to Seattle and Saké Nomi on April 12.


Saké 101: April 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
It just might change your life!

Here at Saké Nomi, we believe the more you learn about saké, the more you can enjoy it!

To welcome all the new nomidachi ("drinking companions") who've visited us in the past few months, we'll begin -- at the beginning!

Saké 101: "The Basics," or "Why Does This Stuff Taste So Good?" will cover all the essential information you need to enhance your saké drinking experience. From how premium saké is graded, to the brewing process and beyond, this fun, casual evening will put you "in the know" regarding this mystical, magical beverage and, quite possibly, change your life!

This course will take place on Thursday, April 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Cost for the course will be $60/person and will include all saké, appetizers, and course materials.

During the class, we'll cover all the basics during the lecture/video portion, and then we'll let the saké do the talking during our tasting of 3 different selections.

Class size will be limited to 12-15 people, and spaces will be held in the order we receive the reservations.

We'll send another reminder as the class day approaches, but if you're interested in attending, please reserve your spot as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, April 13.

To reserve your spot, please contact us at (206) 467-SAKE or [email protected]

Saké Japanese: Sat., April 26 @ 7 p.m.
"I think I'm drinking Japanese, I really think so!"

Have you ever been mystified and confused by the kanji on a saké bottle label?

When partaking of a delicious brew at a Japanese restaurant or friend's house, did you ever want to politely say "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" in Japanese? (Tom Cruise, suffering from the DTs in "Last Samurai," wasn't exactly genteel.)

Let's face it, drinking in another language is WAY cool, and now's your chance to pick up some "survival drinking Japanese" from patient, knowledgeable, convivial hosts.

You are cordially invited to join us at Saké Nomi for "Saké Japanese" on Saturday, April 26 @ 7 p.m.

We'll clue you in on how to interpret some key saké-related kanji, and shed some light on Japanese drinking traditions and etiquette. If you've ever wondered how to say or write something in Japanese, we'll do our best to cover that, too.

In fact, Taiko will be pleased to enlighten you regarding some of the more poetic Japanese expressions, such as the words for "sleeping sand" and "ear wax." To quote Marge Simpson from the classic episode "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish":
"Japanese is such a beautiful language."

Cost for the class will be $60/person, and will include all saké, appetizers, and materials.

If you're interested in attending, please reserve your spot as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, April 20.

To reserve your spot, please contact us at (206) 467-SAKE or [email protected]


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TEL: 206-467-SAKE (7253)