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Sake: main tips for right choice!

Choosing the right sake for your meal can turn an ordinary meal into a gastronomic adventure. Sake, or Japanese rice wine, has a variety of flavors and aromas that can complement different dishes perfectly. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect sake for your lunch.

1. Consider the style of sake

Sake comes in a variety of styles, each with its own unique characteristics. The main styles include

Junmai: pure sake with no added alcohol, has a full, rich taste.

Ginjo and Daiginjo: more complex and refined, with fruity and floral notes.

Honjozo: Sake with a small amount of alcohol added, making it lighter and more refreshing.

Nigori: unfiltered sake with a cloudy texture, sweet and rich in flavor.

2. Matching the sake to the flavor profile of the dish

As with wine, sake can be matched to the main flavor profile of a dish:

Light dishes: Sushi, sashimi and other seafood go well with light and tasty ginjo or daiginjo. These sakes will bring out the freshness of the seafood without overpowering its taste.

Complex and rich dishes: junmai and honjojo are suitable for richer dishes such as teriyaki, roasted vegetables or meat dishes. They add depth and balance intense flavors perfectly.

Spicy dishes: Dishes with spicy sauces or spices go well with semi-sweet Nigori, which softens the spiciness and adds a pleasant sweetness.

3. Consider the serving temperature

The temperature at which sake is served also plays an important role in bringing out its taste:

Cold (5-10°C): Ginjo and Daiginjo are best served chilled to bring out their delicate aromas and refreshing flavors.

Room temperature (15-20°C): Junmai and Honjojo reveal their rich and complex flavor profiles at room temperature.

Warm (40-50°C): Some junmai saké can be served warm to soften and round out their flavors.

4 Experiment and enjoy

Don't be afraid to experiment and try different combinations of sake and food. Every meal is an opportunity to discover new flavors and enjoy unique combinations. Try different styles and serving temperatures to find the perfect combination for your lunch.

Choosing the right sake is an art that requires attention to detail and a willingness to experiment. Consider the style of sake, the taste profile of the dish and the serving temperature to create harmonious and memorable gastronomic combinations. Make your next culinary journey even more exciting with the right sake.


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