It is a must that people feel comfortable when walking into True Sake
or speaking to us on the phone. We are the furthest thing from snobs
or wine know-it-alls, because we ourselves have come from such limited
and humble sake backgrounds. Here is a list of frequently asked
questions we get from customers every day.
Why can't you ship sake to my state?
We have Prohibition Era laws in the United States that stipulate that
certain states do NOT accept the interstate commerce of alcoholic
beverages. Hopefully these laws will come off of the books, but for
now we must honor the idiocy.
Do you carry sakes from breweries in the United States?
No. We have a credo at True Sake that we will not carry any sake made
outside of Japan. This is not snobbish; rather it is a decision that
allows you, the consumer, greater sake tasting opportunities. If we
carried 10 or 20 sakes made in the U.S., Australia or China then we
would have to eliminate 20 sakes that you could not find at your local
supermarket. We'd rather give you a chance to try 20 sakes from small
breweries in the furthest regions of Japan.
How many different kinds of sakes do you carry?
At the moment we carry over 150 sake selections. Is this too many to
choose from? Not a chance! Our philosophy is that every person has had
a perfect sake made for them, and it is our goal for the you of two to
What do you mean by "freshest" sake? I thought sake doesn't spoil.
Sake degrades over time, and thus quality and flavor deteriorates. We
have been duped into drinking sake that was past its prime, and it
tastes bad! That is why we emphasize the fact that True Sake carries
the freshest as well as largest selection outside of Japan.
Why not buy my sake at a Japanese grocery store or specialty wine
We appreciate the fact that sake is intimidating. We ourselves went
through the trials and tribulations of shopping for sake in Japanese
grocery stores where people wouldn't give you the time of day in
explaining or recommending sake. We also went to wine or liquor stores
that sold sake, but had very little knowledge of the juice they were
fronting. It was like a Ford dealer trying to sell a Porsche, they
both have wheels and move but in the end they are vastly different. At
True Sake, not only do we offer the best selection of sake, we have
the passion and expertise to share with you the joys of sake.
What is sake? How is it made?
Sake is a rice wine native to Japan. The first bottle of sake was
probably made when a farmer chewed steamed rice and spit it into a
bucket allowing the enzymes in their mouth to break down the long
chain starch molecules into glucose (sugar). The airborne yeasts
attacked the sugars and turned them into alcohol. If you want to learn
more about how it is made, please explore the Learn portion of our web
I know nothing about sake. Where do I even start?
We know this isn't true, because most customers can in fact speak to
the sakes that they have had - good and bad - hot and room temperature
- expensive and cheap! A good start is to explore the Learn section of
our website, where there is all kinds of information and links to
other sake websites. Or you can attend one of many sake workshops and
tastings we offer around the Bay Area. It is never too late to join
this 1000 year-old fad. Start your own sake adventure today!
I thought sake is supposed to be served hot. Why do you recommend
drinking sake slightly chilled or at room temperature?
Do you know why they typically serve sake piping hot at your local
sushi haunt? Because the sake is not that good, and if you really heat
it up then this masks the flavor of the bad sake. This is a throw back
method to when sake just wasn't that good, when it wasn't as refined
as it is today. The hotter you make it, the less you will taste how
rough and boozy it can be.
But alas, it is only up to you at what temperature you prefer your
sake. And if you have grown accustomed to the therapeutic nature of
hot sake then select a sake that performs better when heated up. And
also please note sake can be enjoyed at many different temperatures
including chilled, cool, room, slightly tepid, gently warmed, warmed
and hot. There have been many studies that indicate that sakes perform
best at chilled temperatures, but once again it is up to you and what
feeling you like. Our motto is, "Once you go cold, you never go back!"
What sake is best for me?
Everyone has different food and beverages preferences, so it's
difficult to simply have general recommendations for individual
tastes. However, Beau has developed a unique taste templating system
called TRUE TasteMatch (TM) to match people with sakes without having
to try them all. Whether you are a total beginner - a "sake rookie" -
or a seasoned veteran of the sake industry, Beau can match you with
beautiful sakes that fit your palate and taste profile. Of course, you
can also attend one of our sake tasting events or host your own sake