Nomidachi News Archive

July 2015

July 30
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

'Looks like someone turned the heat back on in Seattle, but not to worry -- we've got plenty of satisfying sake to help slake your thirst.

In addition to this week's menu, this weekend we're highlighting some new-to-WA arrivals, and we're excited to introduce them to you.

Thanks very much for your continued support.  Stay cool, and we hope to see you soon at your Seattle sake oasis.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
July 30
"New Arrivals" Sake Tasting
July 31- August 2 (Fri.- Sun.)
This weekend's special tasting focuses on two new-to-WA premium brews.

Shinsei Junmai Daiginjo from Kyoto's Yamamote Honke Brewery (est. 1677), has a rich gold color in the glass, and shows aromas of pineapple, candied melon, and pumpkin.  Soft, with a medium-full mouthfeel on the palate, though it begins a touch fruity, it finishes on the dry side, with a slight bit of mint.  A great "bang for your buck" junmai daiginjo.  Price: $48/720 ml bottle; $15/4 oz. glass

Niigata prefecture's Asahi Brewing Company is renowned in the sake world for it's super exclusive Kubota brand of premium brews.  Asahi was a major force in the jizake/microbrew wave in Japan in the 1980's, and since they self-distribute (and DON'T advertise), their sake is sold only in select locations and can be very difficult to get one's hands on.

Thus, we are completely thrilled to get our hands on the "international exclusive limited edition" of Kubota Ginjo Genshu.  This +6 SMV (Sake Meter Value) genshu (undiluted) sake has a "deep, profound flavor" (according to the importer -- it's so new and hard to get, we'll be tasting it ourselves for the first time this weekend!) and is "elegantly smooth" in addition to being 19% alcohol.  At $45/720 ml bottle and $12/4 oz. glass, we also think it's going to be a very popular great value.

Tasting hours for these two special brews are:

Friday (7/31): 5-8 pm
Saturday (8/1): 2-6 pm
Sunday (8/2): 2-6 pm

If you're unable to join us this weekend, but would like to reserve a bottle or two for later pick-up, please give us a shout.
July 30
New Sake Arrival: Daishichi Minowamon 

Daishichi Sake Brewery (est. 1752) is well known in the Japanese premium sake world for their exquisitely made kimoto sake and their pioneering developments in rice milling technology.


When we first opened Saké Nomi in 2007, we had access to some of their excellent brews, but with some shuffles on the distribution side, Daishichi has been unavailable to us in the past few years.


Things are looking up now, though, and with a little luck we will soon be able to pour and sell a wide range of Daishichi sake.


The first selection that's been made available to us in Washington is a junmai daiginjo, Minowamon.


Here's how Daishichi describes it:

"This junmai daiginjo sake, brewed by the traditional kimoto method, was the first in Japan produced using the super-flat rice-polishing technique developed by Daishichi to achieve the total elimination of all components that might result in undesirable flavors. The clear taste has an underlying richness that creates a natural, elegant aroma and a gentle, mellow texture of remarkable delicacy.

"Minowamon is the name of one of the gates to Nihonmatsu castle, a beautiful structure dating from the Edo period. For two years running, this sake has gained top place in voting by kikizakeshi (Japanese sake sommeliers) in the refined sake section. It has also won consecutive gold medals in competition in the United States."


Our notes look like this:

Notes of dates/figs in the nose, with apple and mineral essences.  Soft, silky, viscous mouthfeel with a kimoto tanginess.  Very delicate and refined, and an outstanding pairing with cheese.  Perhaps a "special occasion" sake, but any occasion will be special when you open this bottle.


Price: $125/720 ml bottle (10% discount on orders of 4 or more bottles)

July 23
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

This is just a quick note to let you know about a special tasting we'll be doing this weekend.

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by soon and, perhaps, discover a new favorite sake.

Thanks very much for your continued support.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
July 23
Special Sake Tasting: Let's Get Vertical with 
Doi Shuzo (Shizuoka Prefecture) 
July 24-26 (Fri.- Sun.)
Founded in 1868, and still managed by the founding Doi family, Doi Shuzo ("shuzo" = sake brewery) has a sterling reputation in the sake world as a producer of premium sake, and we are thrilled that their fine brews are becoming more easily available to us in Seattle.

To further celebrate the recent arrival of our current crush, Takatenjin ("Soul of the Sensei") Junmai Daiginjo, this weekend we will be conducting a vertical tasting of their sake from three of the different premium grades.

Featured sake for this tasting include:

*Takatenjin "Soul of the Sensei" Junmai Daiginjo
Papaya, mango, and melon aromas and accompanying flavors that express the settled depth of the Yamada Nishiki rice.

*Kaiun "Better Fortune" Junmai Ginjo
Everyone recognizes the gorgeous packaging of the 1.8L bottle.  It's marketed as a "celebration sake," and we celebrate every glass.

*Takatenjin "Sword of the Sun" Tokubetsu Honjozo
The story on this one is that this is the sake the kurabito (brewery workers) most enjoy -- so much so that they had to increase production of it in order to have enough to sell to the rest of us!

"Vertical" tasting hours:

Friday (7/24): 5-8 pm
Saturday (7/25): 2-6 pm
Sunday (7/26): 2-6 pm

We hope you'll join us!
July 16
Hey, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

We're sorry if we missed you recently due to our revised "holiday" hours, but now things are pretty much back to normal, so we're here if you need us.

We're pouring some pretty terrific sake these days, and we hope you'll have a chance to stop by and try some soon.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
July 16
Special Sake Tasting: Jokigen "Euphoria"
July 17-19 (Fri.- Sun.)
Jokigen Junmai Ginjo has always held a special place in my heart, because I think it's such a unique sake.

It's a shame that we haven't had it in the shop for quite a while, but the importer hasn't had it in stock.

We're thrilled to announce that it is once again available, and it feels like just in time, because the flavors seem so appropriately "summery."

Jokigen JunGin From Sakata Brewery in Yamagata prefecture, Jokigen Junmai Ginjo has spicy aromas of white peach, lavender, and strawberry, and a soft texture, with pleasantly sharp acidic notes.  The astringency (think young, tart strawberry) ties everything together and strikes a nice balance with the acidity.   Price: $70/1.8L bottle; $40/720 ml bottle; $22/300 ml bottle.

We'll be featuring Jokigen by the glass during a special tasting throughout the weekend, beginning Friday evening around 5 pm, and we'll just keep pouring 'til it's all gone.

On a side note, before I found out the importer translated Jokigen as "Euphoria," I puzzled over the kanji and came up with "high-quality buzz."  I'm still kind of partial to that interpretation.
July 16
This Week's Menu 
It's all good

If you're interested in exploring different styles and grades of premium sake, this week's menu affords you a unique tasting opportunity.


Featuring not one, not two, but count 'em THREE junmai daiginjo, and a couple namazake (unpasteurized sake), it's a selection of flavors that we think is hard to beat.


We've developed a bit of a crush on our newest junmai daiginjo, Takatenjin "Soul of the Sensei," and we're anxious to introduce it to our sake-loving friends.


If you have a chance this weekend, please make time to treat yourself to a little bit of heaven in a glass.

July 7
Greetings Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

'Hope everyone enjoyed a fun Fourth of July weekend, though we can think of at least 11 people that didn't (Konnichi wa, Japanese women's World Cup team).  Yikes.

While this week's hours are a little goofy, since we will be CLOSED Wednesday (every 50 years, Johnnie gets one extra day of rest) and Sunday (Wonder Twin 16th birthday camping excursion), we've still got some fun and delicious attractions in store (quite literally, in our store) in the coming days.

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by for a cool, delicious glass of the good stuff soon.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
July 7
Saké Nomi Cinema: Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Thursday, July 9 @ 8 pm
  Kill Bill posterPartly because we haven't watched it in a while, but mostly because we're still celebrating our 8th anniversary and somehow The Crazy 88s form a rather tenuous connection to that, we're pleased to present Kill Bill: Volume 1 this Thursday, July 9 from 8 pm.

Director Quentin Tarantino's fourth film, Kill Bill features many Japanese-y influences/themes -- another qualification for a SN Cinema screening.  While the language and violence are both graphic and over-the-top, and though we are a "21 and over" establishment, we apologize in advance for any offense to one's sensibilities if they were looking for a quiet place to drink premium Japanese sake on a mid-summer Thursday evening in Seattle.

Come early, enjoy some fermented beverages, and see why we think Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is another in the seemingly endless series of "Movies To Drink Sake To."
July 7
New Sake Arrival & Special Tasting 
Fri. & Sat., July 10-11 

From the fine folks at Shizuoka's Doi Brewery (producers of Saké Nomi favorites Kaiun/"Better Fortune" and Takatenjin/"Sword of the Sun"), we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Takatenjin "Soul of the Sensei" junmai daiginjo, and we'll be introducing this lovely brew at a special tasting this weekend.


Per the importer's website:

"Takantenjin Soul of the Sensei is a special Junmai Daiginjo brewed in memory of former Takatenjin Master Toji Shokichi Hase. Toji Hase worked tirelessly at the same brewery for over 40 years which in itself is surely an achievement worth honoring. 


"He was also one of the four famous toji known as the "Four Guardians of Heaven" of the prestigious Noto Toji Guild. (Toji guilds are small groups of notable tojis whose main objectives are to educate and train successors, to refine skills, and to uphold and improve the reputation of the sake from their region.) The brewery continues its former sensei's traditions with this clean, dry and rich brew which is considered one of Japan's most highly regarded sake."


We will have this special, new-to-Washington sake available for tasting and purchase this Friday, July 10 (5- 8 pm), and Saturday, July 11 (2-6 pm).


Availability is somewhat limited, but if you can't make it to this weekend's tasting and you're interested in purchasing a bottle or two ($60/720 ml), please give us a shout by Noon tomorrow (7/8), and we'll be glad to set something aside for you.


July 2
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign     
Just a few brief words about our schedule of operations on this holiday 4th of July weekend:

Thursday, July 2: 2- 10(ish) pm
It's "First Thursday" Art Walk, too!

Friday, July 3: 2- 10 (ish) pm
Every Friday is TGIF, right?

Saturday, July 4: CLOSED 
We are pleased and proud to celebrate our country's 239th birthday!  With copious amounts of sake, of course.

Sunday, July 5: Noon- 6(ish) pm
We'll be back in action and very excited to host a viewing party for the World Cup re-match of USA vs. Japan.  Though we're a bit conflicted in our loyalties, there will be sake specials and special sake to help us figure it out.  Game starts at 4 pm, so come early and grab a good seat, and may the best team win!

We hope you enjoy a safe, fun, and laughter-filled holiday! 

Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
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