Ok, so it's not technically a wine pick, but this gorgeous weather screams for sake! Grab some delicious sushi and declare Sake Saturday or Sake Sunday for yourselves. Don't know where to start? I'll make it easy. Here are 4 sakes to try of different styles & body types with a corresponding wine varietal to help you along. For quick & fun info on sakes, check out a great post from NorCal Wine Blog, entitled 12 Things You Should Know About Sake.
Dewazakura Oka, Ginjo: Dry, with clean minerality. Light floral and wet rock notes. The Chablis version of sake.
Dewazakura Dewasansan, Junmai Gingo: Also dry and clean, but with much stronger floral (think frangipanis, roses, and gardenias) notes, with a sweet aspect on the palate. Fans of aromatic white wines will gravitate to this.
Masumi Arabashiri, Junmai Gingo: Big, full bodied sake with a giant, sweet nose of ginger, flowers, and baking spice, with a sweet palate and a longggg finish. Fan of big, robust whites, like California Chardonnays and Viogniers? Try this one.
Jizake Tenzan, Junmai Genshu: Similar to the Arabashiri. Full bodied with similar floral notes with garden aspects of greenery and foliage. Add ginger and lemongrass to the mix and there you have it. For those Sauvignon Blanc & Chenin Blanc fans, especially those that are barrel-fermented.
See how easy that was? Now get out there and enjoy.