||Nomidachi News • Vol.13 • May 9, 2008
>New Saké Tasting: Sat., May 10
>Wii Wednesdays: Beginning May 14
>Tasting with "The Saké Lady": Thurs., May 15
>Kimoto & Yamahai Tasting: Sat., May 17 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
>Saké Nomi Cinema: "Sanjuro," Sun., May 18 @ 5 p.m.
>Okunomatsu "Vertical Tasting": Thurs., May 22 @ 5 - 7 p.m.
First of all -- Thank You!!
We always feel it, and we sometimes worry that we don't express it enough, but we have the absolute BEST customers in the world!
We genuinely appreciate your support and absolutely LOVE the feeling of community you've all contributed to our endeavor.
Seeing you enjoy and appreciate what we're doing at the shop keeps our spirits up during the trying times (small business = FUN!!) and motivates us to keep improving the state of saké-related culture in Seattle.
In this edition of the newsletter, we briefly mention some of the happenings taking place in the next few weeks.
We sincerely hope you can join us for some of these May events, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Johnnie & Taiko
|New Saké Tasting: Sat., May 10 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
A "lucky" saké sampling, just in time for Mother's Day!
Please join us this Saturday, May 10, when, in addition to our weekly menu, we'll be pouring tastes of the following recent arrivals:
Kaiun "Better Fortune": Junmai Ginjo (Shizuoka prefecture)
Shichifukujin "Seven Gods of Good Fortune": Tokubetsu Junmai (Iwate prefecture)
Azure: Ginjo (Kochi prefecture)
The one in the pretty blue bottle, whose water source is a well deep beneath the ocean floor.
If you're looking for a way to introduce Mom to good saké, this is your chance! Likewise, if she's driving you to drink (as some mothers have been known to do), these are some very enjoyable options.
At any rate, if you're out and about this weekend, please stop by for a taste.
Wii would like YOU to join us!
In the category of "giving the people what they want," and by popular demand, we bring back the Wii!
Every Wednesday evening, the Wii will be hooked up and available for your virtual recreational enjoyment.
Bowling and golf seem, so far, the most suited to our casual, mellow (??) atmosphere, but other games will also be available.
As long as they're not buckets-of-blood-spillingly violent, feel free to bring in your own game of choice to share with our nomidachi.
As they said in the commercials, "Wii would like to drink, er, play!!"
(P.S. The Yoshida Brothers, the musicians who perform the funky shamisen music in those commercials, will be appearing at The Triple Door, Wednesday May 21. We dare any of you to attend and request "The Wii Song . . ."
|Tasting with "The Saké Lady," Hideyo Seek
Featuring saké from Kasumi Tsuru Brewery
Back by popular demand, Ms. Hideyo Seek (from distributor Young's Columbia), will be returning to Saké Nomi for a very special saké tasting Thursday, May 15 from 5 - 7 p.m.
(Note: The sun-sensitive maiden above is NOT Hideyo, but eventually we'll get Hideyo-san to appear in costume . . .)
This time around, Hideyo will be helping us pour saké from one of our favorite breweries, Kasumi Tsuru (Hyogo prefecture). Founded in 1725, Kasumi Tsuru is one of the only breweries in Japan producing almost all their saké using the laborious and time-consuming kimoto and yamahai methods for nurturing their saké's yeast starter. These brewing methods lead to earthy, rich, and complex tastes and aromas.
Saké to be featured include:
Kimoto Extra Dry: Quiet impact with mild banana sweetness, caramel undertones, and full-bodied mouthfeel. Tangy and spicy, with lingering citrus-like acidity. An excellent "session" sake, full of umami and richness. Food pairings? Try pizza or barbecue ribs -- really!
Yamahai Ginjo: Light and smooth. Earthy, mineral nose, with woody accents. Underlying watermelon-like sweetness, and a dryness that comes back in delayed tail. Layered and complex.
If everyone behaves (I know it's asking a lot of our "regular" nomidachi), and while supplies last, we might even be able to break out some of Kasumi Tsuru's extra special nama (unpasteurized) saké to taste . . .
'Hope to see you May 15!
|Kimoto & Yamahai Tasting:
May 17 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
We break out the "funky" stuff!
Kimoto and yamahai are Japanese terms that refer to traditional, laborious, and time-consuming methods having to do with the development of lactic acid in a saké's yeast starter.
When a brewer uses these methods, wild yeasts and bacteria come into contact with the saké and leave traces of flavor behind. This can lead to some wonderfully, complex, rich, tangy, and even gamey, "funky" aromas and flavors.
On Saturday, May 17, we'll be pouring a variety of saké brewed in these two styles, and we hope you'll be able to join us for a taste.
|Saké Nomi Cinema:
Sun., May 18 @ 5 p.m.
(1962, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
Returning to "the classics" in our cinema series, we'll be screening Akira Kurosawa's "Sanjuro" Sunday, May 18, beginning around 5 p.m.
A sequel of sorts to "Yojimbo," Toshiro Mifune returns as the scruffy, sword-yielding and saké-swilling, masterless samurai, this time becoming a "big brother" to a group of nine naive samurai.
Featuring some masterfully choreographed battles and plenty of good humor, "Sanjuro" should make an excellent accompaniment to our fine premium saké.
BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn), or any other favorite snack, and please join us!
|Okunomatsu "Vertical Tasting":
Thurs., May 22
Come explore the breadth of this excellent line of saké!
In conjunction with our excellent distributor, Edward International, we are pleased to present the saké of Fukushima prefecture's Okunomatsu Brewery (est. 1716) at a special "vertical" tasting on Thursday, May 22, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Featured saké selections will include:
Tokubetsu Junmai: Herbal and floral fragrance, with apple and lemon notes on the palate.
Ginjo: Clean, layered, and balanced. Reminiscent of fresh spring water.
"FN" Sparkling Junmai Daiginjo: Melon and honey nose, with grape-like sweetness. Champagne-like liveliness from gentle carbonation.
Juhachidai Ihei "Shizuku" Junmai Daiginjo: Delicate and fruity flavor. Mellow and exquisite. Gravity "drip" filtration -- no pressure applied during pressing, and you CAN taste it!
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