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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 SakeKegs-Japanhistory. 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 crowd at the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 15.

New this year is the U.S. Sake Section where brewers from Brooklyn Kura, Boston’s Dovetail Sake and Moto-I from Minneapolis will pour their chilled nama or unpasteurized sake. Nama sake’s rewards are its fresh, lively flavors, but these can be tricky to maintain at competition standards through the long journey from Japan. Read the rest of this entry

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

joyofsakeThe 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 $11 off the regular $110 ticket price. Get tickets hereRead the rest of this entry

The Drinkable Globe Podcast Episode 2: Sake in PDX with Kate Koo of Zilla

IMG_5739In episode 2 of The Drinkable Globe Podcast, I chat with Kate Koo, owner of Zilla Sake in Portland, Ore., about why the Rose City is the best place in North America to drink sake. Kate also offers some tips on off-the-beaten-path places to eat and imbibe throughout PDX. It’s the second of my two-part deep dive into Portland’s iconic drinking cultures.

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!JeffCiolettiheadshot-4 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!)

Drop me a line at jeff@drinkableglobe.com

 

Read my sake piece at The Takeout

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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)

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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, which comes out next fall. To tide everyone over until then, read this piece on sake myths vs. facts that I recently wrote for SevenFifty Daily.