39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 29 Heavenly Grace

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 29 Tenko 40 “Heavenly Grace”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their wonderful Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our discussion of dry versus sweet.  The question of what constitutes sweet and dry is not exactly scientific.  Years ago, zero was considered neutral.  As the popularity of dry sake has grown wildly, the nihonshu-do of a sake generally thought of as neutral has risen to about +3 or so.  A sake claiming to be dry would hover at maybe +8 to +10, while -3 would indicate a fairly sweet sake.

Our 29th sake is Heavenly Grace, a Junmai diaginjo with a milling rate of 40% and a sake meter value of +2.  This sake comes from the Akita region of Japan.  Heavenly Grace is a smooth, full-bodied daiginjo made with the akita kimoto method which creates an aromatic and elegant fragrance.  This sake is divine and we thought it paired well with Chef Kiko’s fried shrimp and avocado.

And now you can taste Heavenly Grace 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.