2016 Sake

Sake is an intriguing and versatile beverage with a wholly unique flavour profile, ranging from floral and fruity, to rich and earthy. It hails from Japan, where it has been made for well over a millennia and is used widely throughout Japanese cuisine; of course, sake is synonymous with sushi. But in Alberta it’s an often-overlooked category, and there’s certainly a big opportunity to boost sake’s profile here. A number of delicious sakes were tasted at the awards and the quality was very consistent across all entries. The one that stood out slightly more than the others was a Junmai Daiginjo—the highest tier of sake quality. There were also a couple of unusual entries such as one made from BC-grown rice by Fraser Valley (redolent of Okanagan orchard flowers and fruit).

- Mel Priestley 

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Houraisen Kuu Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Japan   
$65-66 CSPC 775508

JUDGES SELECTION

Mikotsuru “Majestic Crane” Junmai Pink Sake                   
Japan   
$27-28 CSPC 777451

JUDGES SELECTION

Kaiun “New Fortune” Iwaizake Junmai Daiginjo Sake      
Japan   
$58-60 CSPC 768494

JUDGES SELECTION

Osake Fraser Valley "Renaissance" Junmai Sake                                
Canada                 
$25-27 CSPC TBD

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