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Yoshinogawa

Yoshinogawa
Gokujo Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Yoshinogawa
Gokujo Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15.5%
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, melon, and honeycrisp apple with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish with impressions of chestnut honey on pistachios, banana-papaya sorbet, and sweet pepper and white mushroom finish. A very tasty, elegant and nuanced ginjo with wide appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: pineapple, melon, and honeycrisp apple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of chestnut honey on pistachios, banana-papaya sorbet, and sweet pepper and white mushroom
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Sautéed Bay Scallops With A Beurre Blanc Sauce, Sautéed Fish With Plantains, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty, elegant and nuanced ginjo with wide appeal.

The Producer or Importer

SakéOne Corp.

The Producer or  Importer
820 Elm St
Forest Grove, OR 97116
USA
1 800-550-7253

Honjozo Ginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Honjozo Ginjo sake has at least 40% of rice polished away with a small amount of distilled alcohol added. These are clear in appearance with rich, appealing aromas and flavors including melon, Asian pear, and pineapple. Pair with the finest sushi or teriyaki.

During WWII, as a result of significant rice shortages, the government allowed saké brewers to supplement their saké with an additional amount of brewer’s alcohol. While this was initially a cost control measure, the brewer’s found that the added alcohol extracted more aromatics and flavor from the saké mash. The Honjozo style makes for a somewhat lighter style of saké. Honjozo saké is much more prevalent in Japan today, while Junmai saké is more common in U.S. markets. A point of clarification: whichever style is used the overall alcohol content of the end product will be the same, typically 14-16%. Much like wine, these are the New World and Old World styles of saké. When looking at bottles of saké at your local retail store, Junmai saké will always state that on the label. When the word Junmai doesn’t appear on the label the saké it’s generally a Honjozo.

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Honjozo Ginjo Sake