39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 3 Midorikawa “Green River”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 3 Midorikawa “Green River”

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their spectacular Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we continue our discussion about the importance of rice in sake brewing.  Yesterday, I mentioned rice was at one time scarce in Japan, thus making sake more regional and distinct.  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 taken power from the nobility and the demand for sake increased dramatically amongst the samurai.  Most notably in the Nada brewing region brewers began to produce sake with a refined flavor that appealed to these upper-class Edo consumers.  Although Nada-type sake had no overwhelmingly strong characteristics, there was nothing to dislike about it, and its appeal was therefore widespread even to this day.

Our 3rd sake is Midorikawa “Green River”, a Junmai from the Nigata region of Japan.  This sake has a milling rate of 60%.  Mateo was telling us that the sake brewer uses three different sake rice strains, which is unusual.  It is very rare to use a blend of rice in making sake and all three are local and quite unusual.  We thought this sake tasted crisp and bright with hints of green apple and was very refreshing.  Green River paired very well with Chef Kiko’s fried chicken.

And now you can taste Midorikawa “Green River” 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.