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Sake-Nanbu Bijin Southern Beauty

Steve here: Cooler weather is upon us. What do you suggest for September, John? John Gauntner Nanbu Bijin is a junmai ginjo sake that hails from Iwate prefecture, up north in Tohoku, a region where sake is usually light and crisp and much more fine grained than its big-boned counterparts from western Japan. For decades Nanbu Bijin was brewed by one of the most famous toji (master brewers) in the industry. His retiring a decade ago...

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Sake of the Month:Takatenjin
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Sake of the Month:Takatenjin

Sake of the month: February, 2011 is Takatenjin –Soul of the Sensei Steve here: Hello John. We’re ready to hear about your sake pick-of-the-month for February? John: This month I have chosen Takatenjin, a Junmai Daiginjo that is a generally light, complex and fragrant. Steve: Where does it come from? John: Takatenjin comes from the same brewery that makes the inimitable Kaiun in Shizuoka Prefecture, on the coast, just south of...

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August 2011 Sake of the Month: Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo

Steve here: OK, John, what is a great sake suggestion for August, the hottest month of the year? John Gauntner: Ginga Shizuku is from Hokkaido, from the very center of Japan’s northernmost island. The city, Asahikawa, holds the record for the coldest recorded temperatures in Japan, which makes it a great place to brew sake! This top-grade junmai daiginjo is made with great rice, water, and yeast, but also it is drip-pressed. In other...

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My Conversation with John Gauntner – June, 2011

Sake of the Month – June, 2011: Fukucho “Moon on the Water” Junmai Ginjo Steve here: The world of sake brewing was traditionally a man’s world. Tell us about a sake made by a woman. John Gauntner: How about the Junmai Ginjo called Fukucho, “Moon on the Water?” This sake hails from Hiroshima Prefecture and is brewed by Miho Imada, the daughter of the company’s president and owner-inherit. Imada took over the operation when...

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My Conversation with John Gauntner – May, 2011
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My Conversation with John Gauntner – May, 2011

Sake of the Month – May, 2011: Kanbara Bride of the Fox Steve here: Warm weather is back. The days are getting longer. What great sake do you have in mind for May, John? John: You will love this one, Steve: Kanbara Bride of the Fox. This Junmai Ginjo takes its name from the famous fox-bride festival held annually in this small town in Niigata, to celebrate a local legend about mysterious lights that have appeared on nearby Mt....

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My Conversation with John Gauntner

Sake of the Month, April, 2011: Ama no To–Heaven’s Door Steve here: John! What is your sake recommendation this month? John: For April, I suggest that you try Ama no To, from Akita Prefecture, snow country in the far north of Honshu Island. This sake takes its name from an ancient poem about how the world began. It is a fascinating brew from a fascinating kura, with a fascinating toji (master brewer). Master brewer, chef,...

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