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This is the front of two Japanese sake bottles. I love how the names of Japanese sake is just so beautiful…they’ve translated the Japanese name of these two sake to: “Divine Droplets” and “Heaven’s Door”!
On the front, you’ll see “Takasago” on the left bottle. That happens to be the brewery’s name. If you’re not familiar with Japanese or brewery names, this might be difficult to spot.
But what’s important on the front of the label is the GRADE of sake. For premium, artisan sake, look for the words “Junmai” or “Junmai Daiginjo.”
Okay, here’s the back of these babies.
Vine Connection’s labels all look very similar – which makes it really easy to understand. You’ll see the GRADE
This gives you a sense of what to expect with this sake and what you might want to pair it with. For example, any tasting profile that includes word “earthy” would be great with hearty dishes, meats, full-flavored recipes.
Basically, this is the district or region where the brewery is located. While we have states and counties here in the United States, in Japan, they call the areas “prefecture.” If you’re familiar with sake, you’ll get an idea of what kind of flavor profile you’ll get. For example in wine, a pinot noir from Oregon is distinct and different from a pinot noir from Carneros.
The rice used in sake is so important! Because sake is really made with 2 main ingredients – rice and water – you’ve got to use the best quality rice that’s specifically for sake-making.