April 2013

Ask Beau - "Have you ever paired sakes to music?"

Posted by Beau Timken in 2013, April, Ask Beau, Newsletter
True Sake That is a great question Michelle R. from Davis, CA and the quick answer is not professionally! Ha! What I mean by that is yes! I have paired sake to the music that I want to listen to personally. Friends would ask what sake would goes well with a reggae backyard gig? Bingo. Yukin No Bosha Junmai Ginjo or Gassanryu Honjozo! On the whole for a purely musical experience I haven't made many strictly sake to tunes pairings. BUT! True Sake used to be next to a video shop and people would come in to get sake to drink while watching their rented movies.

One day I asked a customer who had the video store bag, "Whatcha rent?" He said Fargo. "Ohhhhh cold man good flick." And then he asked it, "What sake would you drink when watching this?" And there it was my first sake to video pairing challenge. I replied do you want a warming sake, because there is a lot of snow and frigid scenes in that movie? "No, I want something to drink cold to get the real effect." "Then my friend may I recommend the Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo from the very cold Hokkaido region. I think this sake will work, because it has a lot of minerality in it." (I even recall my sake review saying that it drinks like biting into a snowball) The deal was sealed and several days later he popped his head in and said that it was a great pairing.

After that day I always asked anybody with the video bag if they wanted a sake pairing for their movie! Some looked at me like I was crazy and others totally took me up on it!

So Michelle I probably could pair sakes to music, what music do you have in mind!

Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ truesake.com. (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All other correspondence should use info @ truesake.com.)

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