Nomidachi News Archive

December 2014

December 31
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As part of the "out with the old, in with the new" routine, here's a quick reminder about our New Year's holiday hours and a couple bonus year-end listicles.

Wednesday, New Year's Eve (12/31): OPEN Noon- 6ish pm.

Thursday, New Year's Day 2015: CLOSED
Happy New Year! 

Friday (1/2): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Saturday (1/3): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Sunday (1/4): OPEN Noon- 6 pm.

Top Selling Sak� of 2014
Without further ado, here's what you and some of your sake-loving friends have been drinking:

1. Kikusui Shinmai Shinshu (Niigata prefecture)
Seasonal release "li'l green can."

2. Kikusui Jukusei Funaguchi (Niigata)
Li'l red can.

3. Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake (Hiroshima)
Seasonal unpasteurized tokubetsu junmai.

4. Kikusui Funaguchi (Niigata)
"Golden can o' happy," aka "pocket rocket."

5. Born "Gold" Junmai Daiginjo (Fukui)
Gorgeous, savory sake that feels like a steal at $50/720 ml bottle.

Personal Sake Favorites of 2014
Here's a quick list of sake I thoroughly enjoyed this past year, and ones I encourage you to keep an eye out for and try for yourself in 2015:

Shichida  Junmai (Saga)                                                                          Dark greenish gold tint with an aroma of hay.  Fairly full mouthfeel with mild apple sweetness, slight minerality, and a dryish finish.  The stark green label is well-suited to the sak�'s overall impression.  Aged for three years, this is one of Johnnie's current "crushes. 

$48/720 ml bottle



Kuroushi "Black Bull" 
Junmai Ginjo (Wakayama)

Sak� Nomi's first selection from Wakayama prefecture.  Dark, rich gold coloring, with vaguely sweet floral aromas.  Soft and savory, it's a hearty, substantive sak� with meat on its bones.

$48/720 ml bottle


Denshin Haru "Spring" Junmai Ginjo (Fukui)

Seasonal (Spring) release.  This nama (unpasteurized) genshu (undiluted) has a brilliant golden hue with a gorgeous floral and candied bouquet.  Richly flavored, with intense ripe peach fruitiness on the palate.  Viscous, almost syrupy texture is nicely contrasted with perfect acidity.  $48/720 ml bottle


Kotsuzumi Rojo Hana Ari Junmai Daiginjo (Hyogo ) 

Delicate gold coloring, with very floral, candied fragrances in the nose. Soft & clean, with a dry finish.  Elegant & sophisticated, but with substantial character, like a memorable party guest. Perfect for special occasions & celebrations!  
$200/720 ml bottle


"Sword of the Sun" 
Tokubetsu Honjozo (Shizuoka)  Faint golden tint, with mild berry notes in the nose. Soft mouthfeel, with perfect acidity. Vaguely sweet, but drier in the finish.  Good "food sak�."  Very "sessionable."  $38/720 ml bottle


Isojiman Junmai Ginjo (Shizuoka) 

Dark straw/hay coloring, featuring aromas of apple, grape, and a bit of dates.  Super full, plump mouthfeel is nicely contrasted with absolutely perfect acidity. Drinking somewhat fruitier than what its +5 SMV would lead you to believe, this sake is very well-suited to wine drinkers who may not yet have been exposed to premium sake.  $62/720 ml bottle (very limited availability)


Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake 

Tokubetsu Junmai (Hiroshima)

Limited seasonal (Spring) release!  Soft & citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel.  Notes of grapefruit and lemon throughout, creating a wonderful, beguiling contrast between the sharpness of the acidic citrus elements and the silky texture.  Traces of minerality and astringency on the edges make it an ideal pairing for oysters on the half-shell.  $55/720 ml bottle


Masumi "Arabashiri"Junmai Ginjo
Nama Genshu (Nagano)

Limited seasonal (Spring) release!  Bright and fruity (melons and pears), with a pleasantly crisp acidity.  This nama (unpasteurized) genshu (undiluted sak�) also packs a lovingly assertive punch at 17-18% alcohol.  $50/720 ml bottle



Born Muroka Nama Genshu Junmai Daiginjo (Fukui)

Fragrant, fruity, lively, and rich with notes of cinnamon and figs. A Japanese vocabulary lesson of a junmai daiginjo, with a serious case of the "un"s: unfiltered (muroka), unpasteurized (nama), and undiluted (genshu).  $75/720 ml bottle


Thanks again for your support and friendship in 2014.  We look forward to sharing some special times and special sake with you in 2015!

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

December 23
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It's hard to believe it's already that "most wonderful time of the year," but sure enough, it's nearly time to close the book on the frantic fun of 2014.

With Christmas and New Year's falling in more or less the middle of the week, our schedule in the coming days will look something like this:

Today, Tuesday (12/23): OPEN 2- 10 pm

Tomorrow, Christmas Eve (12/24): OPEN Noon- 6ish pm.  The last few years, December 24 has turned out to be a wonderful opportunity to share some holiday cheer(s) with local friends who are sticking around during this hectic time for travel.  Last year, we somehow devolved into a hockey movie marathon that was way more fun and entertaining than we would have imagined.

Thursday, Christmas Day (12/25): CLOSED and looking forward to what we hope may become a Stroud Family tradition: Christmas sushi dinner at Tsukushinbo!

Friday (12/26): OPEN 2-10 pm.  Boxing Day?  If you say so.  I smell another themed movie marathon in the works . . .

Saturday (12/27): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Seahawks logo Sunday (12/28): CLOSED due to the neighborhood action in the vicinity of CenturyLink Field.  Go 'Hawks!

Monday (12/29): OPEN 2-10 pm.  We hope we don't throw off your internal calendar, but we WILL be open for some Monday sak� appreciation!

Tuesday (12/30): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Wednesday, New Year's Eve (12/31): OPEN Noon- 6ish pm.

Thursday, New Year's Day 2015: CLOSED
Happy New Year!  There are some big things in the works for 2015. Please keep your fingers crossed, and stay tuned!

Friday (1/2): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Saturday (1/3): OPEN 2-10 pm.

Sunday (1/4): OPEN Noon- 6 pm.

At this time of year, we feel especially fortunate to be in the company of family and friends.  We hope you'll enjoy a love and laughter-filled holiday season with the folks that mean the most to you!

Thank you so very much for a pretty terrific 2014.


Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

December 3
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

This is just a quick note to alert you to some of the things happening at Sak� Nomi this week.  The end of 2014 is fast approaching, and there are some very good things in store for December and on into 2015!

This Week's Menu
KansukeThis week's menu features some sake we think are particularly tasty when gently warmed.  'Seems appropriate to the current conditions, doesn't it?

We're also excited to introduce a brand new-to-Washington sake from Miyagi prefecture's Ichinokura Brewery.

Ichinokura Mukansa Chokarakuchi Honjozo has notes of herbs and vegetables in the nose and shows flavors of toffee, butter, and cedar on the palate.  The clean, precise finish on the soft-textured sake certainly makes it easy to drink.  The term chokarakuchi in the name means "super/extra dry."
Price: $60/1.8L; $28/720 ml;
$8/4 oz. glass



"Off Menu" Goodness

Isojiman Junmai Ginjo: It's back!!


On our "wish list" for a long time, we managed to get our hands on the first shipment of Isojiman Junmai Ginjo last autumn.  It is

a dark straw/hay colored sake, featuring aromas of apple, grape, and a bit of dates.  Its super full, plump mouthfeel is nicely contrasted with absolutely perfect acidity.


Drinking somewhat fruitier than what its +5 SMV would lead you to Isojiman JG believe, this sake is very well-suited to wine drinkers who may not yet have been exposed to premium sake.  Quite simply, Isojiman Junmai Ginjo is one of the best sake we've tasted in the last couple years.

Price: $62/720 ml bottle; $20/4 oz. glass


Due to limited availability (this is only the second time in a year we've been able to get our hands on it!), we only have access to a couple cases of this sake, and it will be certainly be snapped up quickly by alert (and thirsty!) nomidachi.  We will be featuring it as a special "off menu" pour, if you're interested in tasting it, and we are offering the following discounts while supplies last:


5% discount on 3 bottles

10% discount on 6 bottles


We hope you'll have a chance to stop by and taste Isojiman Junmai Ginjo for yourself this week, but if you don't and would still like to reserve a bottle or two for the holidays, please get in touch by 6 pm tomorrow, Dec. 4 for in-store availability on Friday, Dec. 5.

(phone: 206-467-7253/e-mail:

This Weekend's Schedule

Due to some early holiday activities, our hours of operation this weekend will be:


Saturday, Dec. 6:  Noon- 4 pm

Sunday, Dec. 7:  2- 6(ish) pm


Thanks very much for reading, and we hope to see you again at Sak� Nomi real soon.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

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