June 2010

Sake & Miwa - Sake for the Special Day

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, June, Newsletter, Sake & Miwa
First, I'd like to remind everyone that True Sake will be CLOSED on Saturday, June 12th. If you need a bottle of sake for that day, please plan a head. (We will reopen on Sunday.)

Now, please read "Ask Beau" section below to find out why we are closed that day.

Yes, I am getting married to a super special sake drinker. Through sake, I have met many wonderful and interesting individuals, including my husband-to-be. Without "nihon-shu" I would not be where I am today. I am very thankful.

June is an ultra wedding month. I bet many brides (and grooms) go though many months (or years) of planning and decision making. We came to the conclusion that we were probably better at being married than getting married. So we decided to wing-it. The toughest task has been to find pairs of shoes that match our outfits. The easiest task was to list the sake we want to drink. (One, small challenge, however, has been to decide how much sake to have--Beau is coming to the party, and he can drink!)

One evening, we picked sakes that have a special meaning for us; the ones that we hold dear to our hearts. To name a few, one is Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo. He fell in love with Dewa, which was serve at Memphis Minnies BBQ. There, he was told about a little sake store on Hayes street. Without that sake, my husband-to-be would have not stepped into True Sake. Another one is Chikurin Junmai Ginjo. On our first picnic together, we went out to a hill overlooking the golden gate. I made some food and to my surprise, he pulled out a bottle of Chikurin. He even brought glasses. Every time we sip this sake, we feel at home: comfy.

Being the Junmai girl that I am, we had to have Urakasumi as well as Sogen. They are subtle compared to fragrant ginjos or daiginjos, but they work so well with seafood. (Yes, we will be grilling some.)

Once in blue moon, something calls your name very strongly even though you are not sure why. For me, that is Yuki no Bosha. I've been feeling a strong urge to visit them as if it is my mission to do so as a sake explore. I feel it represents a catalyst for the future for us, much the same way Dewasansan was a catalyst for our meeting each other in the first place.

Hagurosuishu Junmai Daiginjo by Takenotsuyu Brewery also holds special place in my heart. It was my third brewery to visit when I started on my sake journey, and the number three seems to magically pop up in my life and is also part of my name. I also have to mention the brewery, because when I first arrived I was welcomed by a glass of brewing water, which they are very passionate about. It made a lasting impression on me.

In addition to these sake, we will be sharing with our guests many other tasty and meaningful sake on our special day. Again, I am very happy and thankful that my life took an unexpected yet wonderful turn through nihon-shu, and I just want to share the sake love for many years to come.

Lastly, if you are planning to have sake at your wedding or to bring one to a wedding, I would be very happy to help you out.

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