39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 26 Four Diamonds

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 26 Four Diamonds


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their phenomenal Japanese restaurant, Izanami. 

This week we be discussing dry versus sweet.  Technically speaking, the nihonshu-do is the specific gravity of a sake, or the density of the sake relative to pure water.  In the fermenting sake mash known as the moromi, koji mold breaks down starches in the steamed rice into various types of sugar molecules.  Most of these will be converted by the yeast into alcohol and carbon dioxide.  Others will remain as unfermented sugars.

Our 26th sake is Four Diamonds, a Junmai ginjo with a milling rate of 55% from the Nigata region of Japan.  This sake is a perennial gold medal winner made by one of the youngest master brewers in Japan.  We thought Four Diamonds tasted very fine with hints of tropical fruits.  Four Diamonds paired well with Chef Kiko’s grilled avocado and smoked pork ribs.

And now you can taste Four Diamonds 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, go to santafe.com/contests/honeys-sake-symposium to 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.