For Goodness Sake
by Roland Gilmor
photo by Michael Yamashita
The end result is three classesjunmai ("superior pure rice"), ginjo ("premium") and daiginjo ("super-premium")and currently somewhere in the range of 10,000 different labels produced by 1,500 breweries. One of the best places to sample the fruits of this delicate process is The Joy of Sake, an annual open tasting of 150-plus premium sakes from Japan and California. Throughout the evening, participants are free to wander from table to table, comparing tastes from across the sake spectrum. Thirteen restaurants will also be on handlast year’s participants included Roy’s, Chai’s Island Bistro, L’Uraku, Kyo-ya and Orchids at Halekulaniserving a range of sake-inspired appetizers.
The fifth annual Joy of Sake will take place September 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Additional events are also scheduled for September 15 in San Francisco and September 27 in New York City. For more, visit joyofsake.com.
The Joy of Sake