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Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo Sake 720ml

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Tokubetsu Honjozo sa... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Tozai "Typhoon" Futsu Sake 720ml

This is a surprisingly delicious considering the bargain basement price. Soft, crisp flavors of citrus with refreshing acidity, the Typhoon could easily be thrown into a white wine tasting as a dynamic substitute. For the price, it also makes a fantastic mixer into specialty cocktails. Try it instead of dry vermouth in a martini, or use it in a Corpse Reviver instead of Lillet. Again, for the money, it's a fantastic beginner's bottle that brings clean, authentic sake character for a bargain. 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Fresh, fruity, clean, and delicious! There's a bit of sweetness on the back end and the stone fruit elements are pronounced all the way through. An absolute joy to drink and easily at the top of my list for recommending to both sake experts and newcomers alike. 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Kikusui has been run by the Takasawa family for five generations. They are committed to producing the highest quality sake at an affordable price. From the producer: "This is a light and comfortably dry premium Sake with the aroma of fresh cantaloupe and banana followed by a medium body bringing refreshing Mandarin orange-like overtones. With just the right amount of body and a comfortable dryness it enhances any dish you eat. This is a great white wine alternative that is perfect for Sake lovers and beginners alike." 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Dassai Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake (300ml)

Possibly the sexiest Nigori we have ever tasted. You don't usually see Nigori at a Ginjo level! This is sleek and delightfully light. There is a touch of carbonation which helps lift the sweetness of the rice. Great fruity notes and a very clean style for a creamy sake. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood) 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Tedorigawa "Iki Na Onna" Lady Luck Daiginjo Sake 720ml

This sake was made specially for the organization of Women Sake sellers in Japan by Yoshida Brewery. Its name can be translated as Lady Luck, Lucky Lady, or Frisky Lady. The importer describes it as "trim and saucy, with a caress of wild honey. Our notes: The rich and impressive mid-palate on this sake is followed by a long finish. As 60% of the rice grain has been polished away, only the pure starch kernel of the Miyamanishiki rice is left for the brewing. This is really a very lovely sake, with nice finish, a bit of spice and gentle acidity at the... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale yellow. Complex nose offers saline, herbal and spicy notes, with a minty coolness. Wonderfully subtle, complex and precise, with a distinctly ethereal quality, high-pitched minerality and superb lift. Finishes very dry and persistent, with lovely lift. This is made inside an igloo in Hokkaido, in Japan's extreme north, where below-freezing temperature prevents unwanted bacteria from surviving, thus ensuring a very pure sake. The clear sake is separated from the fermenting rice lees by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the sake to drip ou ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Fukucho "Moon on the Water" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale, green-tinged color. Fruity, vibrant aromas of lime, fennel and minerals, with a hint of white pepper; this one is also rather Chablis-like. Rich and soft in the mouth, conveying lovely fullness without weight. Just a bit aggressive and warm on the finish. This needs to be served with food. The water in the Hiroshima prefecture is known for being very soft. Made by one of the very small number of female brewers in Japan. (2007)" Wine Spectator: "*Very Good* Shows flavors of peppered greens, with apple and clove notes. Subtle." (5/2013) K&L Notes: Yamada Nishiki and Hatta Nis... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

The mineral aspects of this wonderfully crisp sake are the main focus, but there's a bit of fruit as well to round out the back end. It's just a polished, strikingly elegant sake that should pair with just about anything. 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds" Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori Sake (Unfiltered) 720ml

Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 59%, this unfiltered sake still has the lees in it, which gives it a cloudy appearance and a bit sweeter taste than a more modern filtered sake. Made by Rihaku Shuzo in the Shimane Prefecture, it is rich, creamy and quite long at the end. 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Shichi Hon Yari Junmai Nama (720ml)

With 16 generations of history, Tomita Brewery brews using old-school and traditional methods. They use locally grown indigenous Tamazakae rice polished to 60%, and are blessed with natural spring water from the nearby Ibuki mountains, which is perfect for brewing. Every step of the process is done by hand by 1 toji and 3 kurabito, or brewery workers. This namazake, or unpasteurized sake, is a seasonal sake only available in the winter immediately after fermentation completes. The sake is layered with abundant flavors and aromas. Fresh, bright and dry, i... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Kanbara "Bride of the Fox" Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Polished to 50 percent, this Junmai Ginjo is made by Kaetsu Shuzo, who uses rice grown on the high plains and pure mountain water of the Niigata Prefecture to brew superior sake, both rich in aroma and clean in taste. Intense aromas of grilled nuts, pistachio, and a hint of warm liquid cocoa. In the mouth, the flavors follow through with nuts and melon as it heads for a crisp finish, and then just a hint of lingering sweetness. It is at once savory and sweet, and has enough power to make it a great match with a wide variety of food pairings. A truly dist... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Nanbu Bijin "Ancient Pillars" Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale color. Complex, subtly saline aromas of lemon, lime zest, white rose and mint; also in a high-pitched, rather “northern” style. Very suave on entry, then rich and fine-grained, with terrific aromatic lift in the middle palate. Broader than the Divine Droplets: this really spreads out and melts into the tongue. Finishes very long, with noteworthy finesse. The alcohol here is actually a rather high 17.9%. This brewery is built around the well that supplies its water." (1/2007) K&L Notes: Yamada Nishiki Milled to 35%, made by Nanbu Bijin Shuzo in the I... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Kuro Kabuto Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Importer notes: "You notice immediately the darker color due to the Black Koji Kin they use to make Kojimai. Musky and Rich flavor. Very Yeasty with a good amount of floral aroma signifying a Daiginjo. Strong attack, Strong body and a solid finish. Strong presence of tart green apples and pears. A very unique sake." 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Izumo Fuji "Ancient Shrine" Junmai Sake 720ml

Founded in 1939, the Fuji brewery is managed by the 3rd generation Imaoka family in the town of Izumo. The town is famous for its shrine, Izumo Taisha, built in the 8th century. This shrine is regarded as the oldest and most important shrine in all of Japan. Shinto deities from around the country come every October, "The Month of the Gods" to answer the prayers of people. A sacred ritual. In its name, Izumo Fuji sake pays admirable tribute to both this shrine and to Mt. Fuji, the most loved and revered symbol of Japan. The Imaoka family brews using old s... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 300ml

A pleasant every day drinking sake with notes of pear and nutmeg on the palate. Very nice balancing acidity and a clean finish. 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Yuho "Eternal Embers" Sake 720ml

We often tell people to drink that bottle of sake up quickly like a white wine. Such a delicate liquid must go bad quickly after exposure to that monster of a molecule, O2, right? Turns out, we've all been making a terrible mistake...at least some of the time. While it's true that many sake will go flat sitting in the fridge after a week, a select few will continue to open and blossom for weeks or even months. We know that sake can age in the bottle, but the Yuho is something completely different. This stuff is made like no other sake in Japan. This exci... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Tentaka Kuni "Hawk in the Heavens" Junmai Sake 720ml

Milled to 55%, this Junmai sake from Tochigi Prefecture is made from Gohyakumangoku rice and is brewed with water from an underground mountain spring. This is round in style, with a floral note at the finish: "Dry and crisp, the flavors are dominated by mixed nuts, fresh cut green grass and other earthier flavors. Very pleasing for those who want fresh sake flavor, but more complexity beyond the fermented fruit flavors." (producer's note) 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Chikurin "Karoyaka" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

Made with Home-grown Yamada Nishiki rice, the Chikurin "Karoyaka" is a lighter sake with gentle flavors. It shows floral and herbal aromatics, followed by hints of champagne and cherries on the palate. It complements oysters, sushi, sashimi, salads and other light foods. Brewed by the Marumoto Brewery founded in 1867 at the base of the Chikurin-ji Mountains, in Okayama-ken, one of Japan’s most prized agricultural regions. The Brewery was originally called Shimizu-ya, literally meaning "spring water store" because it was built in the site of a great water... Read More » 


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Dewazakura "Yukimanman" Daiginjo 720ml

The incredible Dewazakura brewery is one of Yamagata prefecture's finest and most inventive brewers. This is their top of the line offering featuring 35% polish and +3 on the Sake Meter. Acidity registers at 1.2. After a long slow fermentation this special Sake is aged for 5 years before bottling. The result is an ultra rich, dense body, yet without oxidized flavors or funkiness at all. Exotic floral and fruit notes explode from the glass along with the wonderful deep texture. The power and complexity means that this wonderful sake can be enjoyed with so... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Yuki No Bosha "Limited Release" Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml

This junmai daiginjo is light and soft with notes of peaches and strawberries. It is best served chilled and complements sushi and sashimi, as well as grilled meat or fish. Junmai ginjos tend to be light and fruity. They are made with rice that has been refined to 60% or less of its original size. This junmai ginjo is made with rice that has been refined to 50%. 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Ichishima Ginjo Koshu Sake (720ml)

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Ginjo Koshu sake is ... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Ichishima Ginnoyorokobi Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Ginnoyorokobi Daigin... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Nanbu Bijin "Southern Beauty" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

With 50% of the rice polished away, the creamier elements of the grain are allowed to shine in the "Southern Beauty". Rounder on the palate, with hints of white pepper of the finish, this is like a fuller-bodied Chardonnay. 


Inventory: San Francisco

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Dewazakura "Mountain Cherry" Daiginjo 720ml

Dewazakura was the first to introduce the ginjo style of sake designed to be drunk cold, almost 30 years ago. The rice varietal here is Yamadanishiki polished to 40%. The acidity level is 1.2 and rates a +6.0 on the Sake Meter. We recommend keeping it refrigerated for freshness. Ultra clean, yet building aromatic layers with subtle stone fruit and hints of yellow flowers. This has great complexity, with a long and lovely finish, a medium to rich mid-palate and very fine finish. 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Konteki "Tears of Dawn" Daiginjo Sake (720ml) Back In Stock!
Konteki "Tears of Dawn" Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

From the importer: "From one of Japan's smallest breweries, this Daiginjo is made with Japan's highest quality rice and local Fushimi mizu, the soft, pure water from Japan's Eastern Mountains. Highly-respected rice farmer Masayasu Tanaka carefully works the naturally fertilized soils of his farm in eastern Tottori prefecture to grow some of Japan's best quality Yamada Nishiki, considered the pinnacle of premium sake rice...The aromas of anise, banana, and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex. These same flavors come rushing through the full-bodied pala... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Seikyo Omachi Junmai Ginjo Nama 720ml

Seikyo Namazake is brewed with Omachi rice polished to 55% and is characterized by a deeply rich and soft taste as well as a crisp finish. Omachi rice was discovered more than 15 years ago and is the oldest existing sake rice. It is also the only on-crossbreed sake rice that exists in Japan today, with more than 70% of all varieties of sake rice belonging to the Omachi family. Bright and lively, this sake shows notes of ripe watermelon, mango and citrus in the finish. It is well balanced with a rounded flavor and clean acidity. 


Inventory: San Francisco

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Maboroshi Kurobako Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

This is an undiluted (genshu) Junmai Daiginjo brewed with top class Yamada Nishiki rice from the Hyogo Prefecture, its home ground. Yamada Nishiki rice does not break even if polished to a high degree. After steaming, the rice has a high water content and is very elastic, so that it can produce outstanding koji. Especially when the koji-making process takes longer than 50 hours and is carried out for a long time at high temperatures, Yamada Nishiki shows its strength. Brewed with the apple yeast discovered by the fourth director of the Nakao Sake Brewery... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

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