39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 1 Kaze No Mori “Wind of the Woods”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 1 Kaze No Mori “Wind of the Woods”

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we’ll be talking about rice and its importance in sake brewing.  High premium sake is made from special sake rice.  Sake rice is different from table rice and there are dozens of types.  However, only a handful of them are famous.  Each rice has its own unique character for its fragrance, sweetness and Umami.

Our first sake is Kaze No Mori “Wind of the Woods”, a Junmai genshu which uses akitsuho rice from the Nara Prefecture of Japan.  It has a milling rate of 65%.  This brewery has been around for over 300 years.  This rice was revived about 5 years ago from near extinction and is grown high in the mountains surrounding the brewery.  We thought this sake tasted creamy and earthy and paired well with Chef Kiko’s brussels sprouts and croquettes.

And now you can taste Kaze No Mori and the other fabulous sakes in this week’s flight.  In celebration of the 39th anniversary of the Waves, they bring you 39 sakes to enjoy each week featuring a different aspect of sake.  Taste the weekly flight from now until March 8th and get a stamp in your sake passport.  Collect stamps and win fantastic prizes!  On Fridays, enter our contest where you name all of the 5 sakes I’ve talked about that week (hint: you can read my blogs in case you missed hearing me talk about them).  On Mondays, we will draw one correct entry and that person will receive two $39 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves.  On March 9th we will draw our grand prize winner and that person will receive a complete therapeutic massage for two, a private hot tub for two, a multi-course dinner for two at Izanami and an overnight stay at Ten Thousand Waves.  We’re celebrating 39 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation, from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.