Shana Speaks Wine

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Drinking out loud. 

One of the Least Informative Posts I've Ever Written

I'm not being intentionally lazy here.  Normally, I try to throw some nuggets of knowledge into my posts and I had every intention of sharing thoughtful, informative notes from a recent event: The Joy of Sake Tasting, held September 18 in New York City.   I love sake and find it intriguing but know diddly-squat about it, save for one Wine Spectactor article and several late nights at sake bars around the city.  With such a low baseline knowledge,  I couldn't wait to learn more.  However, a few wrenches were thrown into the game plan. First, there were over 300 sakes to taste, so my tastebuds were a bit blurred by the end of the night.  Sake tastings, unlike wine tastings, don't provide dump buckets, so you need to finish whatever is in your glass before you can move on.  Also, there were almost no producers there, so there was no one to chat with about technique, production,  etc. Finally, did I mention there were over 300 sakes to taste?

Overall, the event was rather spectacular;  not only was there a wide spectrum of sakes to sample, but several renowned Japanese restaurants in New York City were offering small bites.  In lieu of tasting notes,  I took a boatload of pictures of the standouts from the evening (I didn't get pictures of all the food and there some great bites, such as the one from SakaMai, that unfortunately will go undocumented).  Let's consider this Blog Laryngitis and instead I'll let the pictures tell you about the night.

A little bit about GInjo style sake.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

A little bit about GInjo style sake.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

 

Junmai sake.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Junmai sake.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Daiginjo sake (the B indicates the table number) Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

Daiginjo sake (the B indicates the table number) Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

This is how sake is tasted: with a syringe.  I don't think we're at a wine tasting anymore, Toto.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

This is how sake is tasted: with a syringe.  I don't think we're at a wine tasting anymore, Toto.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

That's a whole octopus, isn't it purdy? Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

That's a whole octopus, isn't it purdy? Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

And here's the octopus after it's been poached. Restaurant 15 East.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

And here's the octopus after it's been poached. Restaurant 15 East.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Black Truffle Mousse from En Brasserie.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Black Truffle Mousse from En Brasserie.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

King Crab Sushi with truffle from BondST.  They are loving their truffles at this event.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

King Crab Sushi with truffle from BondST.  They are loving their truffles at this event.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Sunflower-miso soup with shittake, daikon and tonburi from WD-50.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Sunflower-miso soup with shittake, daikon and tonburi from WD-50.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

OK, back to drinking.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

OK, back to drinking.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

A really delicious beef dish and unfortunately my notes went missing for the deets.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

A really delicious beef dish and unfortunately my notes went missing for the deets.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Duck! The meat was perfect but the daikon radish accompaniament didn't work at all (I hid it from view, you're welcome).  By restaurant Aburiya Kinnosuke.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Duck! The meat was perfect but the daikon radish accompaniament didn't work at all (I hid it from view, you're welcome).  By restaurant Aburiya Kinnosuke.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

They're not kidding with that gold label, this was beautiful sake. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

They're not kidding with that gold label, this was beautiful sake. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

And finally, dessert.  Did you know the Japanese make chocolate?  Those, my friend, are Champagne Chocolates.  You're welcome. By Royce Chocolates.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

And finally, dessert.  Did you know the Japanese make chocolate?  Those, my friend, are Champagne Chocolates.  You're welcome. By Royce Chocolates.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

These Royce matcha almond chocolates were amazing.  Don't let the Kermit color scare you.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

These Royce matcha almond chocolates were amazing.  Don't let the Kermit color scare you.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks WIne.

And finally, white chocolate and caramel covered potato chips.  Because when you are drunk on sake, these are the best idea ever (actually, they're pretty friggin' great sober as well).  By Royce Chocolate.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

And finally, white chocolate and caramel covered potato chips.  Because when you are drunk on sake, these are the best idea ever (actually, they're pretty friggin' great sober as well).  By Royce Chocolate.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.