Savor Saké – The National Beverage of Japan

Jul 28 2015

by Kyla Cox

Saké Tasting Experience

Thursday, July 30th from 6-8pm 

Savor Wine Boutique (Atlanta, GA)


Sake or saké is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars, before being converted to alcohol. The rice specifically grown to make sake contains much more starch than the type of rice we eat.

Sake is the traditional Japanese drink, and as such, is present on the table in daily eating habits just like wine is in our culture. On Thursday, July 30th, guests of Savor Wine Boutique will sample and savor six sakes and enjoy authentic Japanese snacks while learning from an expert. From sparkling sake to fruit-infused selections, forget everything you thought you knew about this centuries-old libation!

The informal, walk-around tasting is led by Koji Aoto, a Georgia resident since 1990 and Atlanta’s only Certified Sake Master. Find event tickets and more information at

Sake Tasting Experience 1


Did you know? Sake pairs well with everything!

It is generally measured in four categories with distinct flavor characteristics:

1) High Fragrance and Light Flavor

2) Low Fragrance and Light Flavor

3) High Fragrance and Rich Flavor

4) Low Fragrance and Rich Flavor


Example of non-Japanese food to pair with sake:

1) High Fragrance and Light Flavor Sake – Cured meat, such as Prosciutto, Salami, etc.

2) Low Fragrance and Light Flavor Sake – Clam Chowder, Lightly-buttered Popcorn, Roasted Turkey

3) High Fragrance and Rich Flavor Sake – Foie Gras, Blue Cheese, Chinese Food

4) Low Fragrance and Rich Flavor Sake – Caviar, Roast Beef, French Fries, Fried Foods


About Savor Wine Boutique

“Wine is art, it’s culture, it’s the essence of civilization”, states Kyla Cox, owner of Savor Wine Boutique. Located in the historic East Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood, which is also home to an array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas, the customer-centric retail store specializes in affordable artisan wines that are not mass-produced or readily available in grocery and package stores. Customers can find a diverse selection of global wines from renowned wine regions such as France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and South America, along with lesser known wine regions, obscure varietals, and a growing number of organic, sustainable, bio-dynamic, fair trade and vegan wines. To join our email list for wine news, tips and advance notice of upcoming tastings and special events visit or follow us on Facebook at



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