Why is sake so hot right now?
My background is in French wine, so discovering sake was like falling in love with wine all over again. And like me, people fall in love with sake once they experience the diversity, variety, and beautiful aromas of higher quality brands, which are more nuanced and delicate than the sakes most people know.
What are the key things to know about sake?
The level of rice polishing before fermentation impacts the flavor and delicacy of the product. More polishing yields more complex, aromatic sake. Varieties range from dry and refreshing (from northern Japan) to fruity and fuller bodied styles (from the south of Japan). Sake labels also have a “Sake Meter Value” that allows consumers to know the sweetness level. The larger the positive number, the drier the sake; the larger the negative number, the sweeter it will be.