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#Winechat Tonight Featuring Sake

I enjoyed a bottle of sake from Sake One.

Photo: My bottle of "g joy" and small sake cup.
*update post #winechat: There was a good turn-out for last nights #winechat on sake. Questions came rapidly but our host Richard managed to answer them all. I was saddened to learn that the small traditional sake cups (like I make on the wheel) are not appropriate for Premium sake. Richard recommends using a wine glass instead.

Junmai Ginjo Genshu
Clean, smooth, easy drinking, food friendly
Serve chilled to room temperature
Sample provided by: SakéOne
ABV: 18%

Visit SakéOne
820 Elm Street, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Tasting room open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week.
1-800-550-SAKE • PH# 503-357-7056 • FAX# 503-357-1014

Photo: Tasting bar at Sake One in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Wednesday, August 22nd at 6pm PST/9pm EST - Certified Sake Professional Richard from The Passionate Foodie will be with us to talk about all things sake! I know it's short notice, join us if you can.

I'm eager to join in tonight, especially since I have two bottles of Sake One sake I received last week at the 5th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Photo: Mural on wall of Sake One production facility.
Sake is a rice based alcoholic beverage. When you think sake, you probably think Japan. Well, you no longer have to go to Japan to enjoy premium sake. Premium style sake is now made in the U.S. (Junmai, Ginjo, Daiginjo, etc.). And you don't have to drink premium sake hot, you can enjoy it chilled.

Photo: Rice is polished to leave only the desirable starches.
Premium sake pairs well with many types of food. A range of styles from sweet to dry sake, balanced acidity, to light or bold styles, allows for a diverse pairing with food.

Tonight during #winechat I'll be tasting Momokawa Pearl and G Joy.
Suggested pairing for Momokawa Pearl: spicy Thai food, spicy barbecue, dark chocolate and fresh berries.
Suggested pairing for G Joy: beef, barbecue, burgers, tuna and rich cheese.

I hope you can join us tonight.

Photo: Sake One makes many delicious styles of sake.
What is #Winechat?

#Winechat is a chat on Twitter that occurs every Wednesday night from 9-10 pm EST (6-7 pm PST). Each week a different topic is discussed with different guests. You don’t have to be a total wine geek to join – but, you must have a thirst to learn and chat about wine!

How do you join #winechat? Using a tool such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, log into your twitter account and follow the #winechat stream. Be sure to include #winechat at the end of each tweet so everyone in the stream can see you! Have your wine ready to drink and share your thoughts with everyone else on twitter. Grab a glass and join in!

*Don't miss the September 19th #winechat. I will be hosting #winechat featuring the Wines of New Zealand.


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