EP 355 Sake Tasting on Wine Library TV

We have waited too long for the Sake episode and finally Gary Vaynerchuk sits down and tastes away and on this day before Thanksgiving.

Wines tasted in this episode:

Tozai Snow Maiden NigoriJapanese Sake
Shadows Of Katano Nigori SakeJapanese Sake

Ginga Shizuku Sake Divine DropletsJapanese Sake
Nanbu Bijin Sake Ancient PillarsJapanese Sake

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M Crumpley

I've been drinking sake longer then I've actually been drinking grape wine. I consider them both wine so I don't want to call them anything different. Sake was the first wine I gave a shot to and before that all I would drink was the occasional fruity cocktail that you couldn't taste or smell the alcohol in. I got the opportunity at a sushi restaurant named TOMO to try a sake sampler which gave us a small shot glass of each type of sake. I don't know label names of what I tried but I could say I loved the high grade sake but my favorite (which is usually the most expensive I can afford is the Nigori sakes. To me I can taste a little bit of rice pudding flavor into it. I haven't focused on labels yet because of Tennessee wine and liquor laws makes some stuff hard to get. I can't even order the wine of the month packs from Gary because of our laws.
Now here's the weird thing drinking sake actually made me appreciate drier wines and weened me off the fruity sweet drinks. I can say my own palette started expanding because of sake. I hope you do more sake shows I haven't finished looking though the archives but this is great.

Tags: Japanese, review, rice, sake, Video, wine, wines

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  • SoCal

    QOTD: I have had lots of cheap stuff nothing good.

  • SoCal

    QOTD: I have had lots of cheap stuff nothing good.

  • klags

    “pride of the village.” that’s my favorite so far…

  • klags

    “pride of the village.” that’s my favorite so far…

  • Paul

    Nice foray into the sake world Gary. I haven’t had much sake in the US. I liked Junichi’s post, if you could do one thing to educate your viewers about sake, it would be to stop pronouncing it incorrectly. It should be pronounced sah-kay, not sah-kee. A major pet peeve of mine ever since Sean Connery did it in the best Bond movie of all time, “You Only Live Twice.”
    I don’t mean to sound snobby about it, as I certainly am not a sake expert. However, it would be like putting a hard “t” on the end of cabernet.
    Cheers!

  • Paul

    Nice foray into the sake world Gary. I haven’t had much sake in the US. I liked Junichi’s post, if you could do one thing to educate your viewers about sake, it would be to stop pronouncing it incorrectly. It should be pronounced sah-kay, not sah-kee. A major pet peeve of mine ever since Sean Connery did it in the best Bond movie of all time, “You Only Live Twice.”
    I don’t mean to sound snobby about it, as I certainly am not a sake expert. However, it would be like putting a hard “t” on the end of cabernet.
    Cheers!

  • http://nutbehindwheel.blogspot.com/ Albert Ko

    QOTD: GV’s ep with the steak and white wine recently… got me thinking about this ep. There’s sake I really love with summer BBQs because it’s dry and BIG feel and really a great complement to a good steak. Tenzan. Yes, comes in a weird husk wrap and is a bit higher on the alcohol scale but I love it.

    There are quite a few other sakes I like for different occassions. I’m saddened that Mitsuwa supermarket shrunk it’s selection of sakes and mostly swapped it for sochu.

    GV… Sochu drinker???

  • http://nutbehindwheel.blogspot.com/ Albert Ko

    QOTD: GV’s ep with the steak and white wine recently… got me thinking about this ep. There’s sake I really love with summer BBQs because it’s dry and BIG feel and really a great complement to a good steak. Tenzan. Yes, comes in a weird husk wrap and is a bit higher on the alcohol scale but I love it.

    There are quite a few other sakes I like for different occassions. I’m saddened that Mitsuwa supermarket shrunk it’s selection of sakes and mostly swapped it for sochu.

    GV… Sochu drinker???

  • Naysen

    Question of the Day: Which Pinot did you last Taste

    Last Pinot I had was the 2005 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate. This is an Anderson Valley Pinot, which is a region I absolutely adore.

    I had a vertical tasting at the winery of 2002 through 2006 (barrel), and this wine stood out. I’d love to see more shoes on Anderson Valley (Pinot Focussed in particular) and here what Gary has to say about Toulouse:
    http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=345593
    -n

  • Naysen

    Question of the Day: Which Pinot did you last Taste

    Last Pinot I had was the 2005 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate. This is an Anderson Valley Pinot, which is a region I absolutely adore.

    I had a vertical tasting at the winery of 2002 through 2006 (barrel), and this wine stood out. I’d love to see more shoes on Anderson Valley (Pinot Focussed in particular) and here what Gary has to say about Toulouse:
    http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=345593
    -n

  • sev

    This episode has totally inspired me to give sake a try! Great show Gary.

  • sev

    This episode has totally inspired me to give sake a try! Great show Gary.

  • victor

    QOTD.
    A friend’s(Helen)Brother(George)traveling back from Japan brought a Sake I tasted that I called “Dangerous” It was soooooo smooth I would have EASILY drunk
    the whole bottle right there. That started my love of, and alas my search for
    good quality sake. Edmonton Alberta Canada may have GREAT beef, bison, duck
    but SAKE???? NOT. I have since requested from Helen’s other brother (Matt) a bottle of the Ancient Pillars and he, through great effort procured and delivered a bottle. I haven’t tried it yet but look forward to sharing it.
    Wish you’d have another sake episode…or at least throw the occasional bottle of it into the mix?

  • victor

    QOTD.
    A friend’s(Helen)Brother(George)traveling back from Japan brought a Sake I tasted that I called “Dangerous” It was soooooo smooth I would have EASILY drunk
    the whole bottle right there. That started my love of, and alas my search for
    good quality sake. Edmonton Alberta Canada may have GREAT beef, bison, duck
    but SAKE???? NOT. I have since requested from Helen’s other brother (Matt) a bottle of the Ancient Pillars and he, through great effort procured and delivered a bottle. I haven’t tried it yet but look forward to sharing it.
    Wish you’d have another sake episode…or at least throw the occasional bottle of it into the mix?

  • SpoiledinCalbyPinot

    This is after the fact. Sake is great especially with sushi.
    I like the creamy colored kind.

    Jets have a chance of beating Dallas. This was a pretty safe bet.

  • http://na SpoiledinCalbyPinot

    This is after the fact. Sake is great especially with sushi.
    I like the creamy colored kind.

    Jets have a chance of beating Dallas. This was a pretty safe bet.

  • Darren

    Yuki no Bosha junmai daiginjo is my current favorite….Gary, sorry brah your Japanese is horrendous but you rock anyway!

  • Darren

    Yuki no Bosha junmai daiginjo is my current favorite….Gary, sorry brah your Japanese is horrendous but you rock anyway!

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Finally some sake! Great to learn a bit about it and see your opinion on it. QOTD: I tried my first sake about a month ago and quite enjoyed it, though I cant remember the name of it. Ive got a $25 gift card to Whole Foods and I think Im going to get a a bottle of the good stuff!

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Finally some sake! Great to learn a bit about it and see your opinion on it. QOTD: I tried my first sake about a month ago and quite enjoyed it, though I cant remember the name of it. Ive got a $25 gift card to Whole Foods and I think Im going to get a a bottle of the good stuff!

  • nnothing

    qotd: I haven’t had much sake, but my favorite so far is g. it’s from oregon, but I like it. Haven’t had any of the super premiums tho.

  • nnothing

    qotd: I haven’t had much sake, but my favorite so far is g. it’s from oregon, but I like it. Haven’t had any of the super premiums tho.

  • Yusuf

    How come you don’t have a single episode about plum wine? Please consider to taste some of those asian fruit wines.

  • Yusuf

    How come you don’t have a single episode about plum wine? Please consider to taste some of those asian fruit wines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Logan-McHenry/9112966 Logan

    Cool episode, Gary! Didn’t know you were a big sake fan!

    QOTD: Otoko-yama! Actually not a big sake fan- I prefer Japanese Shochu (Japan’s distilled alcohol) instead, but I recently tried Otoko-yama at an izakaya on St. Marks and it wasn’t bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Logan-McHenry/9112966 Logan

    Cool episode, Gary! Didn’t know you were a big sake fan!

    QOTD: Otoko-yama! Actually not a big sake fan- I prefer Japanese Shochu (Japan’s distilled alcohol) instead, but I recently tried Otoko-yama at an izakaya on St. Marks and it wasn’t bad.

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    Great to see that you are willing to try different things. Great show..and nice to see the sakes getting the thumbs up….

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    Great to see that you are willing to try different things. Great show..and nice to see the sakes getting the thumbs up….

  • corkscrew

    Sake TV….. http://www.winelx.com

  • John__J

    qotd: Namazake Daiginjo-shu's

  • http://twitter.com/Starneko M Crumpley

    I've been drinking sake longer then I've actually been drinking grape wine. I consider them both wine so I don't want to call them anything different. Sake was the first wine I gave a shot to and before that all I would drink was the occasional fruity cocktail that you couldn't taste or smell the alcohol in. I got the opportunity at a sushi restaurant named TOMO to try a sake sampler which gave us a small shot glass of each type of sake. I don't know label names of what I tried but I could say I loved the high grade sake but my favorite (which is usually the most expensive I can afford is the Nigori sakes. To me I can taste a little bit of rice pudding flavor into it. I haven't focused on labels yet because of Tennessee wine and liquor laws makes some stuff hard to get. I can't even order the wine of the month packs from Gary because of our laws.
    Now here's the weird thing drinking sake actually made me appreciate drier wines and weened me off the fruity sweet drinks. I can say my own palette started expanding because of sake. I hope you do more sake shows I haven't finished looking though the archives but this is great.

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