Nomidachi News Archive

June 2019

June 17

Hello, Nomidachi!

Sometime this month, Saké Nomi has marked 12 years in business and begun what we hope will be our lucky 13th.

Rather than one big blowout anniversary celebration, we plan on hosting numerous fun, sake-centric events throughout the summer and into the autumn months.

In fact, one of them is coming up this Sunday, June 23, and there's still time for you to reserve a spot and experience what we think is one of life's sublime pleasures, sake and oysters.  Please see the details below:

Sake & Oyster Lunch: Sunday, June 23
Two Sessions: Noon & 2 pm
Back by popular demand!

We are once again pairing two of our favorite things that go great together, and we are thrilled to be welcoming back Chefs Breckin and Jim of @traveler_popup to help us host a Sake & Oyster Lunch on Sunday, June 23.

Included with admission to this RESERVATION ONLY event are 3 types of NW oysters served on the half shell (2 each) and a flight of 3 premium Japanese sake (2 oz. each). Additional sake will also be available for purchase by the glass and by the bottle to take home.

This time around, in an attempt to include more guests (we ended up selling out and turning some unfortunate folks away at the last go 'round), there will be two "seatings," at Noon, and again at 2 pm.  As of today, a handful of spots remain available for both sessions.

Cost: $40 (plus tax)/person

Reservations: Please contact us by phone @ 206-467-7253 or by email at

Seating for this event is very limited and reservations and seating preferences will be honored on a first come first served basis.

We can't wait to do this event again, and we hope you will join us this Sunday. Kanpai!

If you have any questions about this particular event or any of the premium sake we carry, please get in touch.

As always, thank you very much for your support and for taking time to read this.

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
June 26

Hello, Nomidachi!

Just a quick note to apprise you of our schedule over the next few days, and to let you know about a couple delicious sake we are featuring this weekend.

Hours of Operation
Today (and most Thursdays): 5- 10 pm
Fri. & Sat. (6/28-29): 2- 10 pm
Sun. & Mon. (6/30-7/1): CLOSED
Thursday, July 4: CLOSED

Limited Release Spring Namazake
Tamanohikari "Shukon" Shiboritate Genshu RETURNS!
After much whining and pleading with our distributor, they have succeeded in securing a couple dozen more of what has become one of our favorite seasonal releases.  We will be pouring this terrific namazake (unpasteurized sake) by the glass and selling it by the bottle while limited supplies last.

Our notes: Candied fruit, cream, and pink grapefruit in the nose.  Clean, soft, and full, with a bracing genshu bite in the finish.  Elegant, yet hearty.  Very limited production, from a brewery founded in 1673 (NOT a typo).

Price: $40/720 ml 



Special, Limited Edition Sake: Tatenokawa “Phoenix” Junmai Daiginjo


“Phoenix” is the result of a collaboration between the French pop rock band, Phoenix, and Yamagata brewery, Tatenokawa (a brewery that ONLY produces junmai daiginjo grade sake).

Phoenix is a nakadori, which means they used only the middle portion of the mash pressing (the most delicate and valued part) for this bottling.

An explanation about what makes the sake so rare and special can be found here:

We noticed a complex mix of blackberry, mint, lavender, tree bark, and mulch in the nose.  Phoenix is light, lively, and lissome on the palate, with pitch-perfect acidity.  It's making a lot of noise in the sake world, and we understand why: it's freaking delicious!  We've been drinking it like crazy, but we thought it might be especially fun to enjoy this weekend because #PRIDE #TASTETHERAINBOW

Or, whatever it is the kids say.

Price: $60/720 ml bottle; $16/4 oz. glass

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
June 5

Greetings, Nomidachi!

Surrounded by great premium sake as we are every day, we sometimes forget and take for granted just how good our wares are.

We've come to our senses (more or less), and we're excited to share some special ones with you this weekend and on this week's menu.  They include:

Limited Release Spring Namazake
Tamanohikari "Shukon" Shiboritate Genshu
We teased you with this one last weekend on Facebook and Instagram (we apologize!), but tomorrow it really arrives.

Only two cases have been brought into Washington, and we managed to reserve all of it.  It was one of our favorite discoveries when we brought it in last year, and we're excited to have it back.

Our notes: Candied fruit, cream, and pink grapefruit in the nose.  Clean, soft, and full, with a bracing genshu bite in the finish.  Elegant, yet hearty.  Very limited production, from a brewery founded in 1673 (NOT a typo).

Price: $40/720 ml 


Bijofu "The Gentleman" Tokubetsu Junmai

Last weekend, when we were putting together this week's menu, we were searching for something we hadn't featured in a while, and we came across this under-the-radar gem from Shikoku island's Kochi prefecture.  We've been fond of it for a long time and think that in addition to being delicious and interesting, it's also a terrific value.

This past Tuesday, we found out we were not alone in our assessment when Bijofu Tokubetsu Junmai was announced as a Platinum Medal winner at Kura Master 2019, a prestigious annual international sake contest held in France.

If you have a chance, please stop by for a glass and/or bottle and see what all the fuss is about.

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
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