Saturday Sips: A Saké Celebration

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Did you know October 1st is World Saké Day?.... Yep, neither did I, but, I’ll happily cash in an excuse to eat sushi and sip saké. And I’m celebrating a few days early with the help of the pros at Benihana. (Because, I mean, Buddha sippy-cups, hibachi grills, and generous saké pours are always a good time!)

I’m no saké connoisseur, but I’m trying to learn a little bit more about my rice wines. I know that I definitely favor a light and refreshing, chilled saké… But I’m willing to taste test them all for the sake (or should I say "for the saké?") of editorial credibility!

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SAKÉ TYPE: Junmai-shu (“pure rice sake”)
DESCRIPTION: smooth and full-bodied with a distinct earth flavor with accents of rice.
SERVE: Warm or at room temperature.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Grilled meats, tempura, rich sauces, and earthy vegetables like mushrooms and potatoes

SAKÉ TYPE: Ginjo-shu
DESCRIPTION: Delicate and light-bodied
SERVE: Chilled or at room temperature
PAIRS WELL WITH: Sashimi, seafood, and chicken

SAKÉ TYPE: Nigorisake
DESCRIPTION: Cloudy, creamy body and sweet flavor
SERVE: Well chilled
PAIRS WELL WITH: Spicy foods, many desserts, and chocolate

SAKÉ TYPE: Nama sake
DESCRIPTION: Unpasteurized, creating a live flavor with sharp notes
SERVE: Chilled
PAIRS WELL WITH: Fresh salads, spicy foods, and citrus

And for more adult-beverage inspiration, head over to Momtrends to see what Saturday Sipper they're sharing!

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