38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 2 Moon Mountain’s Dew

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We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th anniversary with 38 sakes in 38 days at their fabulous Japanese pub, Izanami.  This week we are discussing one of the three ingredients used to produce sake, rice.  Yesterday, you may recall we talked about how roughly up until 50 years ago rice was in short supply making sake production unable to meet domestic demand.  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.  One exception, however, is a generic type of sake produced during the Edo period (1600-1868).  During this period, the new Warrior Class (samurai) had wrested power from the nobility, and demand for sake increased dramatically amongst these warriors.

Our 2nd sake is “Moon Mountain’s Dew”, a junmai ginjo produced in the Yamagata region.  This sake is undiluted and unpasteurized with a floral richness- bold yet delicate on the palette, a truly elegant Yamagata-style sake which reflects the cold mountain climate in which it is grown and produced.  We thought this sake paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s grilled avocado and fried brussels sprouts- a delicious pairing!

Now you can taste the “Moon Mountain’s Dew” 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 $38 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves.  On March 4th 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 38 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.

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