38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 32 Kaze No Mori “Wind of the Woods”

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38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 32 Kaze No Mori “Wind of the Woods” 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 days at their splendid Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our conversation about finishing touches in sake making.

What is Namazake?  Nama literally means raw or fresh.  In the context of sake, it refers to “unpasteurized”.  On the other hand, zake is the same as sake.  So Namazake literally  means raw, fresh unpasteurized sake.  Normal sake is pasteurized twice in the sake brewing process.  One is after filtering and the other after diluting.  On the other hand, Namazake is pasteurized only once or even none, being fresher sake.  Namazake have fresher taste and fruitier aroma, whereas normal pasteurized sake is more subtle and soft flavor and usually more suited with food.

Our 32nd sake is Wind of the Woods, a junmai muroka with a milling rate of 60% and a sake meter value of +2.5.  This is one of the most sought-after sakes in Japan, with a real cult following devoted to it’s fresh, floral and fruity flavors.  We’ve decided that we love namas!  Wind of the Woods is smooth yet effervescent and very affordable.  We thought this sake paired well with everything we tasted on Chef Kiko’s menu.

Now you can taste the Wind of the Woods 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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