Nomidachi News Archive

April 2018

April 11

Greetings, Nomidachi!

While you may sense some deja vu from this brief missive, and at the risk of repeating ourselves, we want to point out the fleeting availability of some of our most popular seasonal release namazake.  Also, we've got some funky hours this weekend.

Weekend Schedule: CLOSED Saturday, April 14
But WIDE open on Friday (4/13) and Sunday (4/15).  Please adjust your sake consumption schedules accordingly.

Spring Namazake Arrivals 
(In store and featured on the current menu NOW!)

Rihaku “Origins of Purity” Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Shimane)                
Introduced to Washington last year, and one of Johnnie’s new favorites!  Fairly pronounced golden tint, with aromas of peach, mango, kiwi, nectarine, and a touch of mint.  Silky, soft mouthfeel, with citrusy flavors of young fruit on the palate.  Richness and depth of flavor with an overall impression of being substantial but not overpowering.
$60/720 ml bottle

Fukucho “Moon on the Water”
Junmai Ginjo Namazake (Hiroshima)           
A little rice sediment is visible and the nose shows notes of pine needles, oranges, cloves, ginger, and persimmon.  Lively and fairly acidic on the palate (nearly carbonated!).  Juicy and sharp melon flavors contrast nicely with the sake’s soft texture.
 $55/720 ml bottle

Ama no To “Heaven’s Door”
Tokubetsu Junmai Namazake (Akita)              
Salt and mineral essences.  The medium body and soft texture make it a good “food sake” (parmesan cheese will be delightful).  Vaguely sweet, though with a drier, somewhat sharp finish and a touch astringent in the end.  $50/720ml bottle

Masumi “Arabashiri”
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Nagano)    Saké Nomi’s most popular limited seasonal release returns!  Fruity (melons and pears) and full-bodied, with a pleasantly crisp acidity.  This nama (unpasteurized) genshu (undiluted saké) also packs a lovingly assertive punch at 17-18% alcohol.
$50/720 ml bottle

'Sorry if you feel like you've heard this before, but we don't want you to miss your chance to experience these very limited release treats.

As always, thanks for reading, thanks for your continuing encouragement and friendship, and we can't wait to see you again at Saké Nomi.

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
April 18

Hello, Nomidachi!

We apologize for the frequency of our missives, but the limited release spring namazake (unpasteurized sake) season is in full swing, and since these anticipated releases are some of our most popular and best selling sake, we want to make sure you're aware of their availability.  We mention two of our latest (and absolute favorites!) below.

But first, a quick word of thanks and appreciation to YOU, our dear nomidachi, and, for lack of a better, more endearing term, our "regulars."

Almost 11 years in now, we are still being patronized by first-timers and newcomers to the wonderful world of premium sake.  Many times when they first enter the shop, they kind of stumble around in wonder, like a thirsty adult in an alcohol-themed amusement park.  Once they get their wits about them, they tend to pepper us with questions along the theme of "How long have you existed, and where have you been all my life?"

Though it's a title we are enthusiastically willing to surrender, our short answer is that Saké Nomi is Seattle's best kept secret.  The follow-up question is often, "Do you have 'regulars'?"  And the answer is, thankfully, "Yes, we do.  They are what have kept us going for nearly 11 years."

It's true.  You popping in for a quick drink or to grab a bottle on your way home or to a party helps to sustain us and keep our mission of sharing premium Japanese sake and its culture and traditions alive.

Pondering it the other day, I came up with a comparison between our nomidachi and faithful (maybe even fanatical) sports fans.  In my mind, the main difference between the two is that no matter how loudly you cheer or how many pieces of lucky team gear or how much face paint you wear, the fan (most of the time) has absolutely no control over the outcome of the action on the field/court/pitch/etc.  On the other hand, you, our "regulars," have a direct influence over Saké Nomi's survival.  And while I'm not trying to guilt you into feeling any responsibility over our well being, I do want you to know how absolutely humbled and thankful our family is for your support.

(Quick aside from beleaguered dad: Two braniac girls attending private colleges on the other side of the country = please drink MORE sake.)

But seriously, we appreciate your coming to visit us as frequently as you can, and we hope you take some personal pride in being part of what sustains Saké Nomi and makes it what it is.


This Weekend's Featured Namazake Arrivals 
(In store and featured on the current menu NOW!)

Shichida Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu (Saga)                

Pronounced amber tint and fragrances of white peaches and melon in the nose.  Lively, acidic, and incredibly fresh – nearly effervescent.  The texture is soft, but the flavor is sharp.  In short, “The collected tears of joyously weeping angels.”  
Price: $80/720 ml bottle (10% “case” discount for orders of 6 or more bottles)

Denshin Haru "Spring" 
Junmai Ginjo (Fukui)           

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.  A real bargain at this price!  
Price: $45/720 ml bottle 

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
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