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FREE Virtual Event ~ Sake: An Ancient Drink For The New World

    Sun, September 26, 2021 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

Cost: Free - NO reservation is required

Sake: an Ancient Drink for the New World                  by Cathy Boyd


Sake has been on the Japanese table for over 1,000 years. Please join us on Sunday, September 26th to try one, two or even three sakes to see if it should join your table. The PWS Zoom seminar, hosted by Cathy Boyd, will explore this ancient drink through a sampling of three sakes each representing a different grade of Junmai sake. Junmai only sake will be the focus of this seminar. 

For tasting during the seminar I have purchased:

Hakutsuru Draft Sake Kobe   300 ml  PLCB Code #49972     $ 6.49

Maboroshi Junmai Ginjo Sake  300 ml  PLCB Code #02961  $17.99

Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake Niigata Prefecture   300 ml  PLCB Code #82200   $15.99


If you are unable to buy these particular sakes, try to obtain one, two or three sakes that have the following on the label: Junmai ~ Junmai Ginjo ~ Junmai Daiginjo


The process of making sake is often compared to the process of making beer. The two have their similarities and yet the making of sake is unlike any other because sake starts with rice. And not the table rice found on grocery store shelves – but sake rice. Much like wine where the better the grapes the better the wine – the same is for sake, the better the rice, the better the sake. 

After the rice selection, the next step for the sakemaker is to choose other

ingredients that impart flavor into the sake. Choices include: which yeast strain to use and which type of water - hard (kosui) or soft (nansui).

Once ingredients are selected then the sake making can begin. The first step is the milling or polishing of the rice kernel. Polishing removes a percentage of the outer layer of rice. The lower percentage of polish of the rice gives the sake flavor and aroma that differs from the rice polished at a higher percentage. The level of polish is called ‘SEIMAI BUAI’ – pronounced “Say My Boo Eye”. 

The polishing is just the first of nine (or so) steps to making sake. The other steps include washing, steaming, adding koji, creation of the shubo, fermentation of the moromi, then pressing, filtration and aging.

I hope this short introduction to sake has created an interest to learn about sake in more detail. I will discuss all the points mentioned here in greater detail Sunday, September 26th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern/New York time. Zoom link info below.


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