Joy of Sake introduces U.S. Sake Section, announces full restaurant lineup

The Joy of Sake, the world’s largest sake tasting outside Japan, returns June 15 with the biggest sake celebration in the city’s history. The 14th Joy of Sake New York will feature a record 478 competition-level sakes, a record 19 top restaurants serving sake-inspired appetizers, and a doubling of space to accommodate an expected sellout…

A Drinkable Globe Q&A with Joy of Sake founder Chris Pearce

The 14th edition of Joy of Sake New York is just four weeks away and I caught up with Chris Pearce, founder of the largest sake tasting event outside of Japan, about what to expect next month. Tickets are still available and if you purchase by Friday, May 25 and use the promo code ENJOYNY, you’ll get…

I’ll talk your ear off!

Hey, looking for a booze expert for a lecture, guided tasting/dinner or any related drink-related speaking opportunity? Hit me up! I’m for hire. I’m also a Certified Sake Sommelier and Certified Shochu Adviser, if those strike your fancy. But I my expertise extends to a wide spectrum of distilled spirits and fermented beverages (including beer!)…

Read my sake piece at The Takeout

I contributed the piece, “Ease Yourself Into the Singular Joy of Sake” to The Takeout, the food and beverage site owned by the folks behind The Onion, The A.V. Club and others. Give it a read here!  

Happy Sake Day! (Yes, it’s a real thing, every Oct. 1)

Oct. 1 is Sake Day (Google it, I’m not making this up!) and this year’s is particularly meaningful for me. It’s the first one I get to celebrate as a Certified International Kikisake-shi (Master of Sake/sommelier) from the Sake School of America. I’m also in the middle of writing my fourth book, tentatively titled Sakepedia,…