KanpaiLA! The 1st Annual Los Angeles Sake Festival. At the Famously Beautiful, Infamously Kitschy, Historic Yamashiro Property in the Hollywood Hills.
Sake with an L.A. View.
We were running a little late and our Lyft driver took us on a scenic tour of the hills before reaching our destination. In other words, he got lost. We were hungry and opted to start with food. Also available was http://kronnerburger.com We went with Sushi.
Sushi Menu + Off-Menu Salmon Rolls
Churning ‘em out…
Tasty, fresh, generously portioned belly fillers.
Let the Sake begin! With the Sake tasting area being a little cramped and hectic and the food in separate sections we decided not to complicate things with food pairing. Hubby just grabbed a couple of pours from somewhere (don’t know where) to sip while we ate. Basically we threw down then got to the drinking. Since it was our first Sake Festival I’m afraid we didn’t follow much of a strategy @beefnoguy (like sampling the nama sakes last). We had particular booths and Sake we wanted to try, but other than that we just went with it.
1) Vine Connections
Brooklyn Kura #14 - Junmai Ginjo Genshu Namasake
My notes say “Big & Yum!” Brooklyn Kura Sake is produced in the U.S. using rice grown & milled in the U.S. making this aromatic, fruity Sake super fresh & clean.
Yuho Junmai “Eternal Embers”
This 1yr aged Sake has a smooth, soft mouth feel w/a deep, full-bodied, bold, almost sharp flavor.
2) Fifth Taste
Heiwa Shuzo KID Junmai Daiginjo
This lovely Sake has a quick fruit burst then a gentle, faint, elegant finish. Very enjoyable.
Heiwa Shuzo KID Junmai
Hands down my favorite of the three. It supposedly drinks like a Junmai Daiginjo but Idk enough to tell you that, just that it’s really enjoyable, bright & fresh w/a slight sweet nose and flavor.
Manzairaku Yamahai Junmai
This might not be the Sake I actually tasted, although my hastily written notes say so. I got dry, ocean, seaweed, umami, which doesn’t correspond with the limited professional tasting notes found online (brown sugar, earthy, acidic), so…
Apologies for the internet photos. The booth was pretty packed and sipping was the main priority. The rep holds true - Jesse Puglach of Fifth Taste is a great guy, friendly & genuinely enthusiastic about their products.
3) Having fun with Kerry Tamura of World Sake.
An accidental photo but I thought it was kinda’ cool…
Kerry-san’s World Sake stand was in a narrow space and busy with fans, well-wishers & the curious.
Having previously had & enjoyed the Tamagawa “Ice Breaker” we went with Dewazakura Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo “Green Ridge” / Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo “Chrysanthemum Meadow” / Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai “Mirror of Truth”.
A) Dewazakura Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo “Green Ridge” has a pretty aroma, a fun, fruity middle, dry slightly acidic w/a fresh finish. A repeat is warranted.
B) Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo “Chrysanthemum Meadow” is really interesting - forward & rich but smooth, herbal & minty but low acid and balanced. I want to spend more time getting to know this one.
C) Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai “Mirror of Truth” - I got woody first, earthy, maybe floral, but no berry as described. The acidity kinda’ vibrated in my mouth.
DJ Jihaari Puttin’ it down…
A super fun, tipsy afternoon! Would definitely go again!
Apologies for the delayed report. November is a big birthday month in our family (just call me the scorpio whisperer). Plus, I managed to squeeze in the planning of a little baby shower/sprinkle and of course, Thanksgiving! Hi, my name is Julie. I’ll be your cruise director.