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Female Frontrunners in Sake (May 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with over 200 members throughout the US. Join today! In a time when nothing seems to be moving forward and we can’t see into the future, I’m pleased to feature four breweries with innovative women...

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Namazake (March 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! Nama sakes, or namazake, are unpasteurized sakes.  Before we dive deeper into namazakes, let's talk about how and why most sakes are pasteurized. Typically, sakes are pasteurized twice, once after...

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Not Your Mom's Nigori (February 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! My goal for this month is to show you that there’s more to nigori than sweet, syrupy sake in pink bottles. The bottles this month are all made by...

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Muroka (January 2020)

Why muroka? Some brewers say they want to preserve the characteristics of the water, while most said they are trying to brew a sake that has more koku (depth) and umami. Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join...

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Acidity in Sake (October 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! This is Kayoko, Umami Mart co-founder, and Yoko’s sake sidekick. It’s that time of the year again, when I take over Sake Gumi for the month! This year,...

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Gunma Getaway (September 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 180 members throughout California. Join today! When I lived in Tokyo, I used to go three hours north for a Gunma Getaway. North of Saitama Prefecture, it was just far enough to feel like you...

Sakqueso! (August 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 170 members throughout California. Join today! It’s the fourth edition of Sakqueso! this year featuring sake and cheese pairings. Even after four years, I still think that sake and cheese are two of the most complementary foods out...

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Red Rice Sakes (July 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! The sakes this month are unlike any sakes you've had before. Some taste like vermouth, others taste like natural wine. If you are the type that likes to explore the fringes...

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Black is the New White (May 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! This month, we plan to unveil our very first bar. It will be in the back of our new space at 4027 Broadway in Oakland. Since 2012 we had...

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Go Gohyakuman-goku! (April 2019)

  Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Does the type of rice affect the flavor of sake like the type of grape affects the flavor of a wine? The short answer is yes. Brewers will...

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Get Your Genshu! (March 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! I’ve always been intrigued by genshus. They are fresh, brash, and bold. They are as close as you can get to what comes right out of the press...

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Spotlight on Shiga (February 2019)

Overlooking Lake Biwa from Mt. Shizugatake Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Kayoko and I tend to travel to places in Japan that produce foods and drinks we really like. One of those is sake from Kita Brewery. What...

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Light + Dry Nigoris (January 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Nigori means “cloudy" in Japanese, so it makes sense that nigori sake literally looks like a wispy cloud when shaken. It is a style of sake that...

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Aging Gracefully (October 2018)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! The current sake trend in Japan is everything fresh and fruity. It's all about the nama-namas, namachozo, namazume, and shiboritate. But we are never ones at Umami Mart...