Best Sake 2015

As versatile as wine, sake can be deployed far beyond the Asian kitchen. Try nigori with prosciutto and melon, or refined junmai ginjo with smoked salmon and capers.

December 1, 2015

By DJ Kearney / Photo: Eydis Einarsdóttir

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CATEGORY WINNER: SakéOne G Joy Genshu Junmai Ginjo
USA
$17.39 +6006

Sake: is it beer or wine? Actually, it’s both brewed and fermented, but that doesn’t matter. The truth is that sake is brilliant with food—Asian and Western. Sake comes in an array of styles and weights, and our judges loved the balance and hefty flavour of this bold and smartly packaged rice wine. Hand-crafted in Oregon using ancient Japanese techniques and premium American rice, it’s a perfect fusion of East and West, like our city.

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SakéOne Momokawa Pearl Junmai Ginjo Nigori Genshu
USA
$21.99 +586958

Snow-white, rich, and creamy nigori is unfiltered sake

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Yoshinogawa Gokujo Ginjo Premium Sake
Japan
$15.69 +7351

Brewing since 1548 in Niigata Prefecture, this is a refined fennel-flavoured sake

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Gekkeikan Horin Ultra Premium Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Japan
$17.39 +603837

A top-of-the-line sake from California-based Gekkeikan

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