Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Sake Dinner

Manresa and Vinography present The Sake Dinner

Wednesday, September 10

David Kinch and Alder Yarrow, founder and editor of invite you to experience some of the best premium and super-premium sakes in the world. David will orchestrate an eight-course dinner to complement the exceptional sakes selected by Alder, evoking ancient and modern Japan from some of the oldest and exclusive sake producers in Japan.

From the pages of Vinography, Alder praises the magical quality of Takasago Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets" Junmai Daiginjo, one of the selected sakes for the dinner, and the only sake in the world to be produced in an igloo:

It is deep winter. The snows lay heavy on the mountains of northern Japan. Cedar trees hang sparkling, dusted with ice, over frozen rivers and streams. The air is crisp, even crystalline in its stillness, and the white landscape yields only the slightest muffled sounds.

In the heart of this winter landscape a strange sight emerges every winter. A huge igloo, constructed entirely of ice, filled with rotund canvas bags. From these somewhat alien shapes that hang suspended from the ceiling at minus 2 degrees centigrade, drip solitary drops of sake unlike any other in the world.

This strange midwinter landscape on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, is the result of one of the more esoteric and regimented sake brewing processes found in Japan, and is constructed each year by the Takasago brewery to make their most precious product, a sake which they have appropriately named "Divine Droplets."
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The Sake Dinner presented by Manresa and Vinography
Wednesday, September 10
Seating at 6:30 p.m.
$325 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity
Reservations by phone at 408-354-4330

Reservations for this limited-seating dinner are not available on OpenTable