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Ninki-Ichi

Ninki-Ichi
Sparkling Natural Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Sparkling Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 7%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$15

Ninki-Ichi
Sparkling Natural Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Sparkling Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 7%
Hazy silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of cucumber shrub and white strawberry with a supple, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy circus peanut and strawberry creme finish. A zingy sparkling sake for fans of pet nat wines or sour beers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cucumber shrub and white strawberry
Taste Flavor: circus peanut and strawberry creme
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Shawarma, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zingy sparkling sake for fans of pet nat wines or sour beers.

The Producer or Importer

Silkroad Wine & Spirits

The Producer or  Importer
4800 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058
USA
1 323-582-6605

Their Portfolio

90 Kawaba "Snow Weizen" 5% (Japan)
96 Kenbishi Mizuho Junmai 17.5% (Japan) $38.00.
90 Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake 17% (Japan) $35.00.
94 Kenbishi Mizuho Junmai Sake 17.5% (Japan) $42.00.
87 Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake 17% (Japan) $38.00.
84 Makiri Junmai Ginjo 15% (Japan) $20.00.
94 Mizbasho Ginjo Sake 15% (Japan) $25.00.
93 Mizbasho Junmai Daiginjo 15% (Japan) $29.00.
95 Ninki-Ichi Daiginjo Sake 17% (Japan) $150.00.
83 Ninki-Ichi Sparkling Natural Sake 7% (Japan) $15.00.
84 Tohoku Meijo Makiri Junmai Gingo Sake 16% (Japan) $38.00.
85 Tohoku Meijo Makiri Junmai Daiginjo Sake 17% (Japan) $50.00.
86 Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago Kimoto Junmai Sake 16% (Japan) $25.00.
92 Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago Junmai Daiginjo Shozui Sake 17% (Japan) $50.00.

Sparkling Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Sparkling sake is a somewhat recent phenomenon in the United States, as a way to improve sales of sake overall. Most versions are light to moderately sweet, although there are some examples that are dry; they are low in alcohol, between 5% to 8%. Most examples are sold in smaller bottles (between 180-300ml), as these do not keep their effervescence for long. They are produced naturally with secondary fermentation in a closed tank.

Most have delicate flavors such as tropical fruit, melon and custard with a lightly earthy or mineral finish. They are traditionally served in a sparkling wine flute and are normally paired with a variety of foods, from sushi and fusion cuisine to poultry and lighter seafood.