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Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

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Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Sawaya Matsumoto – Terroir in a Bottle

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Sawaya Matsumoto was established in 1791 in the historic Fushimi ward in Kyoto. Hidehiko Matsumoto, the current Toji is a young visionary with a passion for showing what he can express with the simplicity of ingredients: rice, water and koji. His philosophy is that the true value of sake is in the rice and where it’s […]

Let’s Talk About… Kimoto

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There are positives to cold, snowy weather. Cute down jackets and ear muffs, making snow angels and snowmen and of course, eating ice cream in the hot tub. In the sake world, cold, snowy weather also means that you have a natural environment suitable for creating certain types of sake. By utilizing the low temperatures, […]

Umeshu is so much more than you think it is…

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Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liqueur made from ume fruit steeped in alcohol (typically in shochu or sake) and sugar. It is sweet, fruity, and tangy and can be enjoyed in various ways; straight, on the rocks, or with soda. Umeshu has a long history; first referenced in an early culinary book that was published […]

Hanami

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written by Mariko Tajiri ~ If you’re in Japan in the Spring, there are a few things you should be doing. First, there are the cherry blossoms. Everyone talks about them because they’re like nothing you’ve seen before and you should go see them. Better yet, have a picnic under the blooming trees because that’s […]

Out With The Ogres!

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The first day of spring, according to the old Japanese calendar (also called the Lunar Calendar), is Risshun. The day preceding Risshun is called Setsubun and there are traditional rituals observed on Setsubun. One of the most famous of these rituals is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans in order to ward off evil ogres and demons […]