One Good Sake

Recently I had a very good sake which friends brought to dinner at my place.  After I found out how special this sake was, I became to like it even more. The sake is Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo 55 (around $30/720ml) / Huchu Homare Brewery
The taste was fruity and floral, but at the same time it was nutty and creamy.  You can really enjoy the complexity of this wonderful sake.

So what is special about this?  Here is the story I found in Japanese web site.
Watari Bune is also the name of a heirloom variety of rice that used to be very popular from the 1920’s to 1930’s.  It was considered as one of the best rice to make sake, but the farmers and the brewers stopped cultivating it because of the inconvenient harvest time, and delicate features susceptible to bugs.  In 1989 the brewery wanted to replant this rice again, and two years later they made enough rice to start producing the sake.  The production is still small, but enough for us to enjoy!  Try your local liquor store first to see if they carry it.  I believe Lower Falls Wine Co. in Newton, MA carries it. If not, you can buy it online including at  I think it tastes even better knowing this story!



I am originally from Japan and have been living in the US for about 20 years. Over the past 20 years I have traveled to many different parts of the world, seen different cultures, and tasted all kinds of interesting food. In between I studied anthropology, art and interior design. I currently live outside Boston and I teach cooking in continuing education programs and at home. I also take on freelance interior design projects. I hope you enjoy the blog! Yoko

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