Thursday, November 26, 2015

Shirataki Sara Wind Junmai Sake


Good sake doesn't spoil at the speedy rate of wine or beer once it's open.

So I never hesitate to spend a little more on a really good bottle labeled either "junmai" or "junmai daiginjo," official quality designations that refer to the degree to which the rice is polished before being brewed. This Shirataki "Sara Wind" is a junmai sake that's currently available in local state stores and online that is an ideal companion for your next visit to a Japanese BYOB (Bluefin or Yanako, for instance.) Yes, the printed-cloth bag and dimpled sip glass packaging are catchy.

But this sake, from a 157-year-old brewery in Niigata prefecture, is also a perfect example of a sake defined as "light and smooth" that's also subtly complex. Drier than many of the rich sakes that have wooed American drinkers, this brew smells like pear and vanilla on the nose. But a hint of nutty richness on the palate quickly dries into something more interesting - a finish that's almost salty with a light smoke, reminiscent of bamboo, bonito, and fermented rice.

- Craig LaBan

Shirataki Sara Wind Junmai Sake (code 10957), $25.99 for 500 ml bottle, in select Pennsylvania state stores, and online at


Inquirer Restaurant Critic
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter