Living the Sake Life

Are You Breaking These Basic Drinking Rules?

Are You Breaking These Basic Drinking Rules?

Is there proper etiquette for drinking sake?

Drinking is easy, right?

Just fill up your cup, gulp it down and get the party started!

Uh…NO!

While it may not seem like it on the surface, in Japan, there are customary rules to follow when drinking in a social setting.  And this not only applies to sake, but any kind of beverage.

Here are a few things to keep in mind so as not to offend anyone while drinking:

Pouring: In Japan, it is normal to pour drinks for others.  Usually, as part of their culture,...


Sake Price vs Quality - Are You Overpaying?

Sake Price vs Quality - Are You Overpaying?

On our quest to enjoy the best sake possible, important questions come up early in our development as a sake drinking artist. How much should I spend to get a good bottle of sake? Am I really getting my money’s worth by buying the sake that is well over $30 US, $50 US, or $100 US?  Will the cheap, or more affordable, sake taste any good?

These are great questions to have, and it plagues the white-belt level practitioners as well as seasoned veterans of sake enjoyment. There is no single rule that states that the more you spend, the...


Sake Myths Debunked (Sorta)

Sake Myths Debunked (Sorta)

If you're starting to get into the whole sake thing, you're probably aware of a few old wise tales about sake. Some of them are true, some aren't, and some maybe fall in between. Here are a few myths about sake that you've probably heard. 

MYTH: Drinking high-quality sake won't give you a hangover. First, I'll start by saying that sake is an alcoholic drink and like an other alcoholic drink, if you drink it in excess you are at risk of getting a hangover. However, sake does not contain the sulfites or acidity of wine. Nor does it contain...


Share the (Sake) Goodness

Share the (Sake) Goodness

Since you are here, we know that you enjoy sake. 

You’ll take it hot, cold, dry, sweet…it doesn’t matter.  If it’s available, you’ll have it.

Having a good sake can make your day, but what makes it better is sharing the goodness with friends.  Have you ever noticed that sake, when shared, tastes even better than when having it alone?

It’s kind of like sharing that special bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild that you’ve been saving, or pouring your friends a glass from the Remy Martin Louis XIII that you’ve saved up for…ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but you know...


Sake Not Served? No Problem!

Sake Not Served? No Problem!

Have you ever wondered why sake is not available everywhere beer, wine and cocktails are served? Strange, isn’t it?

Shouldn’t we be able to have sake at every restaurant, bar, barbecue, luau, holiday dinner, casino, ski lodge, hotel, local diner, picnic, sporting event or family get-together? 

Sake pairs well with anything!

I don’t know the reason why it isn’t always available, but I do know that you should always be prepared if you run into this situation.

Say, for instance, while on vacation, you went to the pool at the hotel you were staying at to enjoy the sun and...