Yoshi no Gawa Sake Dinner at Minami

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There’s lots happening sake-wise at the end of this month, so please get out there and taste some of the great sakes that are available in town!

One event of note is a sake dinner at Yaletown’s Minami Restaurant which features the President of Yoshi no Gawa Sake Brewery, Koji Kawakami. He along with Minami’s sake specialist, Miki Ellis, will guide you through some sake basics, whilst tasting a variety of this Niigata brewery’s elegant lineup of sake. With your sakes, Minami is planning fabulous and delicious food pairings, specially designed for this tasting–yet another highlight to the already delicious evening.

Founded in 1548, Yoshi no Gawa is the oldest brewery in Niigata prefecture and Kawakami-san is the 19th generation president. With such a long and storied history, I’m certain you’ll be able to taste the precision and pageantry of Yoshi no Gawa’s sake brewing with each sip.

Sounds like fun! If you’re interested, please make sure you call Minami at 604.685.8080 to reserve a spot. The cost is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Hope to see you there!

Kanpai,

elise

Tonari Gumi Sake Tasting

tonari gumi sake tasting by tangerinee
tonari gumi sake tasting, a photo by tangerinee on Flickr.

I thought I’d post a photo from last weekend’s sake event, a fundraiser for Tonari Gumi‘s seniors programs. An annual event, it was up until a few years ago, the largest tasting of its kind in Canada, but since Toronto now has KampaiTO, it has been relegated to largest in Western Canada.

Additionally, the event included a big announcement for sake in BC. The Sake Association of British Columbia (SABC) has been officially formed–a consortium of sake importers, brewers, educators who are passionate about sharing their sake knowledge and encouraging the responsible enjoyment of sake in BC.

Big plans are in the works. Sake has turned a corner in BC. It’s finally happened! Stay tuned for more.

Via Flickr:
sake revelers enjoying western Canada’s largest annual sake tasting event.

Sake Making Class

moto by tangerinee
moto, a photo by tangerinee on Flickr.

There’s an interesting sake-making class being offered at the Nikkei Place in Burnaby next week. I thought I’d post the link in case anyone was interested in learning more on the basics on making your own sake hooch.

http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/sake-class/

It appears the gentleman conducting the course is starting up a sake u-brew kit business. Class includes instructions and a take home kit. Not bad for under $60.

The courses are filling up quickly and the ones in English have a few spaces left. So if you’re interested, please check it out and sign up soon.

Kanpai!
elise

Tonari Gumi Sake Tasting Fundraiser

daiginjo sakes by tangerinee
daiginjo sakes, a photo by tangerinee on Flickr.

The 12th edition of Tonari Gumi’s annual sake tasting event will take place on Saturday, October 12th at The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. It’s the largest sake tasting held in BC and not to be missed if you are interested in the good stuff.

All the local importers will be in attendance, so it’s a great opportunity to see what is available in BC and get a taste of some harder to find sakes–those which are not available at our local LDB government stores (and believe me, there are many as we sake lovers can attest and lament).

Tickets are still available. Please come and support a great cause. All proceeds go directly to funding the volunteer association’s many invaluable seniors programs.

http://tonarigumi.ca/2013-tonari-gumis-premium-sake-tasting-night/

I hope to see you there!
Kanpai!
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