Showing posts with label Sake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sake. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Kuheiji Sake Brewery@Nagoya ★★★

VIP Kuheiji Sake Personal Private Tour. 九平次 Kuheiji since 1647. First Japanese sake ever served in 3 Michelin Stars restaurant in Paris (2006). Mr. Kuheiji Kuno is the 15th generation of Kuheiji. He is the mastermind and legend behind my favorite Kuheiji sake. His philosophy and innovative approach to sake is mind-blowing. He came up with the idea of serving premium sake in wine glasses. He entered into the terroir and planted his own rice by himself for his sake. He's the Top 100 Most Respected Japanese People in 2007. Despite of his fame, he's very down-to-earth and friendly. He's also quite an art collector.

Kuheiji-san invited me to visit his Sake Brewery in Nagoya. I was so thrilled. When I saw him again in Nagoya, I had tears in my eyes. I am a big fan of his sake. The building about 200 years old used to be the family house. Matei-san showed me the brewing process and toured the facility in detail. I also got to exclusively taste the unpasturized Betsu Atsurae, which was just bottled today. It's fruity with notes of pear. Everything was mind-blowing. I really appreciate the fine premium quality sake, but after the tour, I get to appreciate all the hard work behind it even more. Tour is by invitation only and not open to public.






Authentic Kyoto Garden


Nama Betsu Atsurae (unpasturized)
bottled the same day



Nama Betsu Atsurae (unpasturized)
bottled the same day



Kuheiji-san & Matei-san

Take Home Gift




Kuheiji-san has a lively personality

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Sake Secret@Long Beach ★★★

Dassai Sake Pairing Dinner Event at Sake Secret. Food pairing from Blk Trmpt. Sake Secret is an amazing Sake Store that sells premium sake at reasonable price. Customers are also welcome to bring food and dine there with their sake. They pair up with location restaurants for their sake pairing dinner events. Food was great and paired with the sake so well. We had the exclusive opportunity to be the 3rd group of people to try Dassai Blue 50, which was just released in New York and available in New York only. They are environmentally conscious to use biodegradable plates. Their dinner pairing events are usually $150, but this one is $200 because they featured the $660-$1100 Dassai Beyond. Owners are cat lovers, so you will see cats graphic around the store.

Dassai Beyond (retails for $660 at Sake Secret, $1100 at restaurants)
sophisticated taste

Welcome Drink - Dassai Sparkling


Dassai Blue 50
lighter notes, easy to drink & pair

Pork Belly Mushroom Pâté w House Crackers
Dassai Blue 50


Charred Snap Pea Salad w/ Lemon Shoyu Vinaigrette
Dassai 23


Dassai 23
notes of elegant floral

Owner Greg-san w/ Dassai Beyond

Owner Greg-san w/ Dassai Beyond

Dassai Beyond

Dassai Beyond (retails for $660 at Sake Secret, $1100 at restaurants)
sophisticated taste

Japanese Sweet Potato Agnolotti w/ Miso Butter & Cured Roe
Dassai Beyond

Dassai 45

Dassai 45

Short Rib w/ Japanese Curry
Dassai 45


Dassai Umeshu

Dassai Umeshu
notes of cherry

Lychee Geleé w/ Strawberry, Burnt White Chocolate, Almond, Sesame
Dassai Umeshu

Lychee Geleé w/ Strawberry, Burnt White Chocolate, Almond, Sesame
Dassai Umeshu

Dassai 23, Dassai Beyond, Dassai Umeshu

Tatami Room

Take-san from Dassai, Yuiko-san from JFC, Masayo-san from Dassai

Sake Secret
460 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 548-1620
sakesecret.com

Friday, October 13, 2023

Kuheiji x Fifth Taste Sake@Ototo Echo Park ★★★

Best Sake Event Ever. 九平次 Kuheiji since 1647. First Japanese sake ever served in 3 Michelin Stars restaurant in Paris in 2006. Contemporary & elegant. Fantastic pairing w/ caviar. 200% star-struck to exclusively meet Mr. Kuheiji Kuno, 15th generation of Kuheiji, for the excellent wine pairing French dinner presented by Fifth Taste. He is the sake legend and mastermind behind Kuheiji. Kuheiji-san is the Top 100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World in 2007. He farms in the terrior and experiments the rice fields & climate himself. Sake pairing dinner $225 per person.

40 min feature about Mr. Kuno Kuheiji's visit in Hong Kong in June
[spoken in Cantonese]:

https://www.youtube.com/live/VtQzSZq5gF0?si=PrrEoTbh0q8boR3S&t=52

Got bottles autographed by The Mr. Kuheiji
2021 HInoKISHI
2019 Kurodasho Tako
2021 Kyou Den (discontinued)

Mr. Kuno Kuheiji, the Kuheiji Sake Legend

Shota-san from Fifth Taste


2022 Eau du Desir

Kanpai!

2022 Eau du Desir

Otoro Sashimi, ginger shoyu, olive oil, yuzu daikon
paired w/ 2022 Eau du Desir

Otoro Sashimi, ginger shoyu, olive oil, yuzu daikon
paired w/ 2022 Eau du Desir



2019 Kurodasho Tako

Fried Scallop, sauce gribiche, endive, ikura
paired w/ 2019 Kurodasho Tako

Fried Scallop, sauce gribiche, endive, ikura
paired w/ 2019 Kurodasho Tako

Autograph 2021 Kyou Den [discontinued]

Autographed 2021 Kyou Den Bottle [discontinued]

2021 Betsu Atsurae

John Dory Bouillaibaisse, saffron potato
paired w/ 2021 Betsu Atsurae

John Dory Bouillaibaisse, saffron potato
paired w/ 2021 Betsu Atsurae

2021 Betsu Atsurae


2022 Kyou Den

Fluke, black truffle dashi cream, king drumpet mushroom
paired w/ 2022 Kyou Den

Fluke, black truffle dashi cream, king drumpet mushroom
paired w/ 2022 Kyou Den

Chef Owner Charles Namba

2021 HInoKISHI

Roast Pork Loin, wasabi jus, cipollini onion
paired w/ 2021 HInoKISHI

Roast Pork Loin, wasabi jus, cipollini onion
paired w/ 2021 HInoKISHI

2021 HInoKISHI
2022 Kyou Den

More Autograph

More Autographed Bottles: 2021 HInoKISHI & 2019 Kurodasho Tako

Cheese & Fruit
wilde weide farmhouse gouda, farmers market grapes

2021 Betsu Atsurae
2019 Kurodasho Tako
2021 HInoKISHI

2022 Eau du Desir
2019 Kurodasho Tako
2021 Betsu Atsurae
2022 Kyou Den
2021 HInoKISHI

2022 Eau du Desir
2019 Kurodasho Tako
2021 Betsu Atsurae
2022 Kyou Den
2021 HInoKISHI


Hands Full of Souvenirs
2021 HInoKISHI
2019 Kurodasho Tako
2021 Kyou Den (discontinued)

Ototo
1360 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 784-7930
ototo.la