In his November newsletter, Beau Timken, the proprietor of San Francisco sake-selling joint True Sake, flat-out begs his readers to try drinking sake with their turkey, cranberry, and mashed potato feast.
If you’re in the San Francisco area, Beau makes it easy for you to saunter in and choose your Turkey Day sake, he promises, “I will hang little turkeys around the necks of the sakes that excel with the bird in the True Sake store.” I might have to go in just to see the little turkeys.
However, if you don’t happen to be staggering distance from America’s first sake store in Hayes Valley, you can still benefit from Beau’s thirsty knowledge:
I look for a robust acidity when I pair with meat, game or fowl. Add to that butter and other mouth filling flavors I like sakes that have some staying power in terms of flavor. I select fatter sakes that fill the mouth, rather than the light clean ones that fire right through the palate. Think meaty sakes for meaty flavors, and also use a larger glass than usual to mix up that acidity. Go with your big reds glasses, and don’t worry about the next day big reds hangovers.
1. Hiraizumi Yamahai Junmai
2. Kikuhime Yamahai Junmai
3. Masumi Yamahai Junmai Ginjo
4. Taiheizan Kimoto Junmai
5. Tenzan Junmai Genshu
So basically this year I am asking you all to ‘Be a man!’ (or Woman) and go for it. Throw sake to the lions and watch how well it performs. There isn’t a fowl alive that cannot be paired with nihonshu. I will add 5 more sakes that are new this year that will also stand up to that overcooked underjuiced slab of white sandpaper that your father calls his ‘best bird ever.’
5. Narutotai Nama Ginjo Genshu
6. Kasumi Tsuru Yamahai Ginjo
7. Born Muroka Junmai Dai Ginjo Nama Genshu
8. Tsukasabotan Junmai Dai Ginjo Shizuku
9. Otokoyama Junmai Genshu