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 NEWS... 

04.13.15:  Check out our new photos page!

04.07.15:  We Love Sakura!

04.04.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

04.03.15:  Check out our new Video of the Month from Masumi!

04.02.15:  Kikusui Funaguchi is our new Featured Sake!

04.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Country of Cherry Blossom"

03.26.15:  Added Hario products to the Kanpai Store!

03.21.15:  Check out our Top Sake for Spring!

03.20.15:  Happy First Day of Spring!

03.17.15:  Check out the haiku on our blog page!

03.14.15:  Follow us on Twitter for more news!

 


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 Featured Sake... 

 

Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori
Kikusui (Niigata) Est.1881
Bold, full-bodied, fruity flavor with a hint of banana, tastes almost like a liqueur because of the higher alcohol content (19%), slightly sweet, comes in a can
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Seimai Buai: 70%
Acidity: 1.6
SMV: -2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 KANPAI BLOG... 

We added a new "Photos" page to the site today, which will serve as a "photo blog" with photos from some of our friends, both in the U.S. and Japan! Each photo will have the name of the photographer/contributor, location, date, and time. And our first photo comes from Keith Norum of Masumi in Nagano! Keith surprised me last week by sending me a photo of an ume tree with dark pink blossoms (on a rainy day) that's blooming in front of the brewery. A blossoming ume tree in front of Masumi? Wow! I feel like a lucky website editor this week! Keith has promised to send us some more candid behind-the-scenes photos of Masumi and Nagano throughout the year, so make sure you take a look from time to time! Personally, I'll be looking every day! And checking my inbox for more!  more...

 

 SPRING HAIKU... 

Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

It's finally Spring
Let's all look for sakura
Time for Hanami!

 

 

 

 LATEST REVIEW... 

Sushi Seki
1143 First Ave. (bet. 62 & 63 St.), New York, NY 10065, 212-371-0238
Sushi Seki, also located in the UES, is a popular sushi restaurant where you can enjoy top-notch sushi late into the night (they're open until 3:00 AM). Chef Seki was previously a chef at Sushi of Gari, and specializes in a similar style of creative sushi. The decor is somewhat eclectic, and the staff is very friendly (and happy to offer suggestions). Try the spicy scallop roll, which is their most popular sushi roll, and is a great example of traditional-looking sushi that's done in a creative way. They have a large (and interesting) sake selection, which suits the creative sushi and eclectic decor perfectly. Come here when you want great sushi in a fun, casual atmosphere.  more...

 INTERVIEW... 

Toshiaki Kojima, SakeStory
Toshiaki Kojima is the vice president of marketing at SakeStory, a sake and shochu importer that was founded in 2005. SakeStory is a family-owned company that represents 11 sake breweries and 4 shochu distilleries from 12 prefectures. Toshi-san is involved in everything from establishing and managing relationships with breweries and distilleries in Japan to marketing and sales in the U.S.
1. Can you tell us about some of your sakes that are available here in NY?
Sure, I would be glad to.
Junmai Daiginjo Kura "Master's Pride" (Kitsukura Brewery, Nagano)
The Kura is a very refined daiginjo, but with solid textures and a multi-layered flavor profile. The subtle but beautiful sake aroma is followed by razor smooth, slightly earthy, but yet dignified flavor. Fantastic when paired with fresh seafood, raw bar, sushi and caviar.
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 SAKE WORDS... 

Junmai - "Pure rice" sake; sake that is made from rice, water, koji, and yeast (with no added alcohol).

Ginjo - Sake made from rice that is polished down to at least 60% of its original size.

Seimai Buai - Rice polishing rate; percentage of rice remaining after polishing.

SMV - Sake Meter Value; measurement of how dry (+) or sweet (-) a sake is.  more...

 

 

 

 WE LOVE... 

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are one of Japan's most iconic symbols. They are small, delicate-looking pink and white flowers, which grow on a relatively small tree that is similar in size and appearance to an apple tree, and bloom sometime in March, April, or May, depending on the location and weather. They are very important in Japanese culture because they symbolize the beginning of Spring, which is traditionally the beginning of a New Year in Japan. Sakura are the centerpiece of Hanami or more formally Ohanami, which is a celebration of Spring and the flowers of Spring. The tradition is to celebrate Ohanami by picnicking under (or near) the sakura trees when they are in full bloom.  more...

 

 

 

 

 VIDEO OF THE MONTH... 

 MY SAKE CUP... 

Toshiaki Kojima, SakeStory
Hahaha…please see attached images. This is my personal ochoko, where the bottom of the sake cup is in the shape of a cone (like a toy top that kids play with)…Yes, this is a sake cup that no one is able to put back down on the table, once the sake has been poured (otherwise, it will topple and spill)!! One just needs to keep it in their hand and drink whatever is in the cup before they can put it back down!!  more...

 

 

 

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