37 Sakes in 37 Days:  Day 2 Seikyo “Omachi”

37 Sakes in 37 Days:  Day 2 Seikyo “Omachi”

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th anniversary with 37 Sakes in 37 Days at their Japanese pub, Izanami.  This week we are focusing on rice, one the three ingredients necessary to produce sake.

Rice has always been a staple part of the Japanese diet.  Up until roughly 50 years ago, rice was in short supply, with production volumes unable to meet domestic demand.  Thus, the rice available for sake brewing was understandably limited, and brewing itself was confined to the winter months, when lower temperatures and cleaner winter air provided the best conditions for brewing and storage (natural refrigeration helped keep sake fresh for consumption months after it was brewed). Such conditions made large-scale brewing unfeasible until recent times, and resulted in regional sake brands that closely matched the local climate, cuisine and tastes of the local population.  These fairly distinct regional styles can still be identified today.

Our second sake is Seikyo “Omachi”, a junmai ginjo made with omachi rice, the oldest sake rice in Japan, known as the mother of all other sake rice. This sake is deeply rich with a soft, crisp taste and pairs great with any food.  We thought the Seikyo “Omachi” paired nicely with all of Chef Kiko’s Kushiyaki offerings, especially the bacon wrapped mushrooms.

 Now you can taste the Seikyo “Omachi” and the other fantastic sakes on this week’s flight and see for yourself how delightful it is to pair exquisite food with amazing sakes at Izanami.  On Fridays, go to santafe.com/passport to enter our contest where you name all of the sakes I’ve talked about that week (hint: go can read my blogs in case you miss hearing me talk about them).  On Mondays, we will draw one correct entry and that person will receive two $37 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves.  On February 27th we will draw our grand prize winner who will receive a complete therapeutic massage for two, a premium hot tub for two, a multi-course dinner for two at Izanami and an overnight stay at Ten Thousand Waves.  We’re celebrating 37 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.