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Spotlight On Barley Shochu

We started featuring shochu years ago our our blog with Washi Washino's Shochu Stop column in 2011, and we are so excited to finally sell this very special Japanese spirit on our shelves and online (ships within California)! Today, we highlight 

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Upcoming Event: Sakqueso!

Attention all cheese lovers! Join us at Ramen Shop in Oakland on Tuesday, June 26th for our upcoming Sake Gumi Social event, "Sakqueso!", where we pair sakes with cheese. Sake and cheese are both rich in lactic acid, making them ideal accompaniments. The...


Umami Mart Exclusive Sake

Tenjin Bayashi Junmai Ginjo is a sake is like no other: crisp yet earthy from Niigata prefecture, known for its pristine water and dry, tanrei-karakuchi style.  Umami Mart is the only shop to carry this limited edition in the U.S.!  This is one of...


Thanks, Pops!

Father's Day is this Sunday, and we have plenty of gifts that say, "Dad, you're the best!" Check out our Father's Day Gift Guide to help find that perfect thing for your father, grandfather, or special man in your life. Buy 


4 Days Only: 25% Off Japanese Knives!

Just in time for Father's Day, we're putting all of our knives from Japan on sale at 25% off! That's right, all of them - now through Sunday only. Can't make it to the store? Order online for shipping or in-store pickup (if you're a local)!Here...


Introducing XL Rocks Glasses

For years our customers have asked for bigger rocks glasses. They are here! Enjoy spirits neat, on the rocks, or within cocktails in these handsome glasses. Sporting a generous 12 ounces, they are now the largest rocks glasses we...


New Old Fashioned Glasses in Stock!

Enjoy delicious Old Fashioneds in our new, elegant glasses, featuring two unique patterns in a generous 10.5 ounce capacity. The tapered mouth allows for maximum enjoyment of aromas emanating from your cocktail; with a nice heavy base that perfectly accommodates one 

Introducing Our Graceline Rocks Glass

Hand-blown and hand-cut, these 10.5 oz Graceline crystal rocks glasses are limited in availability because each glass is so labor intensive to make. With its light weight, and classic fleur de lis-like pattern, the Graceline glass is destined for a pour of...


Last-Minute Gifts for Mom

Guess what? Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13th! We have you covered for last-minute gifts, like gift cards... ... Or a very special Sake Gumi gift subscription – our monthly sake club delivering two bottles to Mom's...


Best-Sellers Are Back!

After many months of waiting... and waiting... our most popular glassware styles are back in stock! Order now before we run out again! These glasses are perfect for cocktails, beer, sake, or iced tea. Hard Strong Diamond Cut...


Emiko Kaji's Nikka Whisky Picks!

Emiko Kaji of Nikka Whisky loves drinking Yoichi Single Malt during the cold winter months, preferably in front of a roaring fire.If you enjoy a peaty whisky, this bottle is for you. Aged in sherry and bourbon barrels, Yoichi...


Our Kind of Chippendales

Just in time for Mother's Day, our popular Chips mugs are back in stock! And we've brought in not one, but two new glazes!Made in Aichi prefecture, these weighty porcelain mugs feature an earthy, unglazed base, with a roomy, angled handle...


Everything You Need to Make Matcha

After two weeks of non-stop rain, the skies have cleared, and I'm beginning to see wild flowers blossoming on my usual hike in the El Cerrito hills. The birds are chirping loudly and the dogs on the trail are certainly happy to be out after being cooped up. Certainly, spring is...


Short Mixing Glass On Sale Now

Chris Lane, former bar manager of Ramen Shop, asked us to import these mixing glasses three years ago, and they have been a huge hit ever since – used at bars from SF to NY. It's stout, sturdy, and looks sexy on any...


All About Red and Green Yuzu Kosho

Yuzu Kosho is a Japanese paste made with fresh chilis fermented with yuzu and salt. Bon Appetit has called yuzu kosho the, "secret weapon condiment chefs are putting on everything."  The green yuzu kosho uses green chiles. It has a satisfyingly coarse texture that reveals grains of salt, yuzu zest, and green...