Be Inspired Sake Pairing
In collaboration with Black Market Sake
How can we eat Japanese without drinking sake?
I’m a sake novice – but Matt Young and Tim Watkins at Black Market Sake are Australia’s sake specialists. Well-seasoned sommeliers with many years experience matching food and wine, they’ve now turned their focus to one of their vinous passions: Japanese rice wine. I first met Matt when he was head sommelier at Aria restaurant, and I’ve enjoyed many a fine wine pairing from the hands of Tim at both Pilu at Freshwater and Automata. Matt recently took me through a sake tasting at their new sake bar, Ante (which you’ll read about in this month’s e-magazine) and Tim has kindly suggested the following sake matches for our Month of Japanese menus.
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(Looking for grape wine instead of rice wine? Check out Roberta’s wine pairings here).
Chiyo Shuzo ‘Shinomine Kimoto’ 2020 (Nara)
A fresh, drier style of sake with refined acidity that will complement the beef tataki without overpowering the more subtle flavours of the various types of sushi.
Rumiko Moriki, one of Japan’s first female Toji (master brewers), has created a sake that will pair well with the mild sweetness of prawn and the savoury elements of both the okonomiyaki and the agedashi tofu.
This sake has great body and depth with initial sweetness opening up to a more savoury finish, especially paired with flavours like teriyaki and miso. Its refreshing acidity will enhance the chirashi-zushi while letting the flavour of the fresh seafood shine.
Miyako-Bijin ‘Usagi’ 2021 (Chiba, Awaji Island)
Miyako-Bijin’s Usagi is a real umami bomb! Dangerously easy to drink with the salty/savoury goodness of fried pork katsu and miso soup.
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