|Shirataki Sake Brewery Co., Ltd, Jozen Sake (rice wine), Florida|
Restaurant & Lodging Show, Orlando, Fla.
Copyright 2017 by Helen A Lockey
High quality sake also depends on the type of rice grain used, according to Hide Hashizume, International Sales Manager. They buy all their rice directly from farms Uonuma, inside the Niigata prefecture. This area is known for its high-quality rice, grown with pure, melted, mountain snow run-off water that is full of minerals.
According to the company president Shintaro Takahashi, who talked to me through a translator, for many decades they used to use wild captured yeast in their sake but this led to inconsistent products. Now they grow their own yeast in-house so the wine will retain a consistent taste batch after batch.
In the traditional style of making sake (junmai), they use short grain, sticky rice (sakamai), pure water, mold (koji, essential for converting the rice to sugar) and domesticated yeast to make their rice wine. And the results are remarkable.
I have not liked sake in the past, but after trying Shirataki's sake I fell in love. I especially liked the Uonuma Nojun, an 80 percent polished, aged dry style sake, served cold from a blue bottle. It's aged two-years in steel tanks. And the aromas that are released are savory with an almost clean earthy essence.
Jozen Junmai Gingo, a 55 percent polished sake had sweeter taste profiles and aromas of spring flowers, and tastes of pear, vanilla and slight tropical fruit. It was served cold from a a red bottle.
Unfortunately, these saki are not yet available in any restaurants but one is available through Westchester Wine Warehouse in White Plains, New York. You can find and buy a 300 ml sized bottle of Uonuma Nojun for $9.99 online at www.westchesterwine.com
, and by typing in the keyword Jozen in the search box.
Shirataki Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., is looking for more distribution companies to carry their wine so that more Japanese restaurants can carry it and more people can buy a bottle. "We want American public to drink at home, like wine," said Takahashi.
To find out more about distribution opportunities or other sales opportunities please contact Hide Hashizume at (914) 582-5943 or email him at email@example.com