39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 8 Chogetsu “Clear Moon”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 8 Chogetsu “Clear Moon”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 Days at their delightful Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our discussion about polish.  There are seven grades of sake:  1.  Nihonshu 2. Futsushu 3. Tokutei meishoshu 4. Honjozo 5. Junmai 6. Ginjo and 7. Daiginjo.

These grades are determined by the rice polishing rate.  The reason to polish the rice is to remove undesirable elements such as fats, proteins and minerals that are detrimental to the sake brewing process, leaving the starch in the center of the rice.

Our eighth sake is Chogetsu “Clear Moon”, a Kimoto Junmai from the Akita region of Japan.  This sake has a milling rate of 55%.  “Clear Moon” is produced by a special method developed exclusively by the brewery called akita kimoto method, a version of the traditional style of creating the mash, a lively version of a Junmai grade sake.  We thought this sake paired well with Chef Kiko’s short ribs and sake braised Japanese mushrooms.

And now you can taste Chogetsu “Clear Moon” 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.