So, What is Sake?
Sake is a fermented beverage made from rice, water, and Koji. It’s closer in technical definition to a beer, becuase rice is a grain, but drinks far more like wine. The rice itself is the key to the quality level; each grain is milled (polished) to remove the outer layers of fat and protein. The level of milling determines the grade of sake. Mill the rice down to 70% of its original size and you could have a junmai, mill it down to at least 50% and you have rice suitable for the highest quality grade: Daiginjo. Although without the Koji, sake could not be made. Koji is a simple mold that creates enzymes that convert rice starch molecules into fermentable and non-fermentable sugars. Like both beer and wine, sake uses yeast to aid in fermentation and to add a great deal of aroma and flavor. Each strain of yeast (there are several) offers vastly different characteristics, and of course the freshness of ingredients make all the difference. Good water + Good rice = Good Sake.
Junmai Daiginjo – Shu
These sakes are made from rice that has been polished down to 50% of the grain or less. Junmai Daigingo sakes go down smooth and have no aftertaste. Suggested food pairings: light appetizers, fish and vinegar-flavored dishes.
Delicate notes of cantaloupe, honeydew and honeysuckle. Medium, creamy body, long, elegant finish with a hint of pear.
Shizmizu No Mai – Pure Dusk
Flavors of pear and melon, with a slightly dry finish. Made from rice that has been milled to 45%.
Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo
This junmai ginjo is a favorite with new and seasoned sake drinkers alike. Technically qualifying as a daiginjo, with a seimaibuai of 50%, it is soft and light on the palate, with a delightful fruitiness characterized by peaches, strawberries and papaya. It finishes with a white pepper spice.
Nigori – Sake
Sake that is purposely left unfiltered, resulting in a milky-white, or cloudy appearance with a unique texture. Suggested food parings: spicy dishes and after-dinner drinks.
Rich creamy texture, medium bodies with hints of tropical fruit, and a long honey-sweet finish
Yuki No Bosha Nigori
This Nigori is bright, lively and fruity with a dry finish. Unlike most Nigori, this is an “Usu Nigori” or “Light Nigori,” made in this style to bring out more flavors.
Hakutsuru – Sayuri Nigori
Brewed with the natural spring water from Mount Rokko, this Sayuri has a refreshing aroma, natural sweetness and smooth aftertaste.
Sho Chika Bai – Nigori
Lively and bright, with notes of tropical fruits, a medium body and a refreshingly light finish.
Hou Hou Shu Sparkling
Light, slightly sweet and gentle, with natural carbonation that makes for a drinking experience very similar to champagne.
Suggested food pairings: tempura gyoza, yakimeshi, yakisoba, sushi and sashimi.
Small or Large
Nama-Zake is essentially draft sake, which means that it is not pasteurized. It is generally fresher and more fragrant than pasteurized sake.
Subtly sweet, full plum nectar with just a hint of apples and pear tartness. Rich and full bodied with a long, smooth finish.
Green Tea Martini
Green Tea Vodka & Sake
Asian Pear Martini
Pear Liqueur, Sake & Apple Juice
Absolut Citron, Cointreau and Pomegranate Juice
Tequila, Cointreau, orange and lime juice garnished with a jalepeño-stuffed olive
Vodka, Lychee juice and Triple Sec
Vodka and Sake
Sake Bloody Mary
Chambord Liqueur and Sake
Plum Wine and Sake
A classic version of this old-time favorite
Gin, Vodka, Run, Tequila, Blue Curacao and Sweet & Sour
Coconut Rum, Triple Sec and Pineapple Juice
Passion Fruit Martini
Vodka, Triple Sec and Passion Fruit
Kettle One Vodka
Grey Goose Vodka
Charbay Green Tea
Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
Johnny Walker Black Label
Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whiskey
Godiva Original Chocolate
Myers Legend Rum
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon – California
Medium bodied with flavors of black currant, mint, vanilla and spice.
Woodbridge Merlot – California
Medium bodied with flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate and spice.
Woodbridge Chardonnay – California
Citrus fruit flavors with hints of honey and spice.
Woodbridge White Zinfandel – California
Aromas and flavors of strawberries and cherries.
Chateau Ste Michelle Sauvignon Blanc – Washington
Fresh aromas of herbs and lavender with a beautiful floral note.
Kin Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand
Light and crisp with flavors of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit and melon.
Jacobs Creek Pinot Grigio – Australia
Hints of pear moving into a rich mid palate, finishing with some lush fruit sweetness.
Nobilo Pinot Grigio – New Zealand
Crisp tropical and citrus fruit with hints of melon and passion fruit.
Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Grigio – California
Green apples, pink grapefruit minerals, pear, lime zest and tangerine.
Manage a Trois Chardonnay – California
Flavors of green apple and banana with a hint of sweet vanilla.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay – California
Full bodied and offers up layered aromas of red and green apple, pear, vanilla bean, blossoms and lemon meringue.
Rodney Strong Chardonnay – California
Tropical notes of guava and toasted coconut are joined by hints of lemongrass and vanilla.
Kendall Jackson Chardonnay – California
Layered aromas of green apples, peaches, honey and vanilla balance flavors of baked apples, lemon, pineapple and mango.
Fall Creek Riesling – Texas
Semi-sweet and light bodies with sweet peach, pear and honeydew melon fruit flavors.
Snoquaimie Riesling – Washington
Light-bodied and filigreed, offering apricot, lime and slate flavors that build and build on the palate.
Fall Creek White Zinfandel – Texas
Sweet strawberry and fresh raspberry flavors.
Jargon Pinot Noir – California
Bright flavors of black cherry with a hint of strawberries, cola and tobacco.
Clos du Bois Pinot Nior – California
Excellent balance with well-knit flavors of cherry, toast, blackberry liqueur and a hint of cranberry.
A to Z Pinot Noir – Oregon
Aromas of roses and flavors of black cherries. “Greg Popovich’s wine”.
Francis Ford Coppola Merlot – California
Flavors and aromas of plums, dark chocolate, blueberries and vanilla.
Rodney Strong Merlot – California
Vanilla cream and blueberries, big, supple and robust.
Menage a Trois Red Blend – California
Medium bodied, with flavors of blackberry and raspberry jam with a firm, smooth finish.
Kenwood Old Vine Zinfandel – California
Medium bodied with flavors of blackberry, spice and dried apricot.
Layer Cake Shiraz – Australia
Flavors of jammy blackberry and plum with hints of spice.
Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon – Washington
Aromas of blackberry and hints of cigar box with a rich, silky velvety-textured palate of black fruit jam and cocoa with a touch of toasty oak followed by a long finish.
Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon – California
Flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, followed by hints of cedar and vanilla.