MOVE OVER CHAMPAGNE, THERE’S A NEW KID IN TOWN
Around the world, the sound of popping corks brings just one thing to mind — Champagne. However, a new organization of sake producers is working to tweak that image.
Launched last year, the Japan Awasake Association consists of nine brewers who are committed to raising the quality of sparkling sake — a category more closely associated with simple, low-alcohol styles than elegant brews — to a level that can compete with France’s most beloved prestige beverage. In April, the JAA’s effervescent offerings were on display at a tasting at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo.
The association takes its name from awa, the Japanese word for “foam” or “bubbles.” The group deliberately chose it to distinguish their products from the other varieties of sparkling sake on the market. “We want to create a role for sparkling sake as a luxury drink to be enjoyed on special occasions,” says Shuzo Nagai, JAA chair and president of Nagai Brewing Company, which produces the Mizubasho brand in Gunma Prefecture.
Native American translation “Aurora Borealis” referring to Northern Lights flickering across the coastal Tottori Prefecture sky, south of Honshu, Japan’s main island. Because it’s the least populous prefecture, filled with scattered ancient ruins, Chiyomusubi uses the the local rice Gohyakumangoku and the pure spring water to produce this delicate floral yet dry crisp Japanese premium sparkling wine in support of the area’s economic revitalization. Most sparkling sake lees are not ejected from secondary fermentation, but this wine is filtered, to display it’s vibrant buoyant bubbles, tender sweetness from the rice and neat pure finish. This sparkler is available at hitimewine.net for $74.98
Once you purchased this sparkling sake, this wine can be relished on its own or without fuss with any cuisine desired. However, the ultimate classic marriage is sushi.
SHIROYAMA SUSHI CO.
In the age of convenience and indulgence at the fingertips, Sushi Chef Ben Weissberg, owner of Shiroyama Sushi Co., is taking his concept to the masses. They offer at home authentic Japanese Sushi, cooking lessons, private dinner parties and small event catering. In true traditional form, impeccable freshness and legitimate practice art of rice, he personally selects all ingredients and has an exclusive relationship with his fish purveyor.
At your fingertips or or not ready to commit, Chef Ben Weissberg delicacies can be savoured at Hi Time Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, Ca for their once a month Sake Tastings. There you can get up close and personal watching the master chef making his creations to order..here’s a sample view:
CHIYOMUSUBI SORAH Sparkling Sake and SHIROYAMA SUSHI CO.
It’s time to celebrate!