John Gauntner

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09.17 Nara Sake: The Original Sake. It's true! Ask the Brewer Mo...

John Gauntner, from the archive, writes: I have long known that Nara Prefecture, which borders Osaka and Kyoto in western Japan, has been known as the birthplace of sake. But I got majorly schooled during a recent visit there.

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09.17 Sake Origins: Hiroshima. Senzaburo Miura and 'The Birthpla...

From the archive, by John Gauntner: Or so say some…

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09.17 A Himeji Namazake With The Subtlety Of Cinder-blocks. It's...

John Gauntner, from, the archives, on excellent sake from Himeji city in Hyogo Prefecture: A while ago, I was privileged enough to attend a tasting of all sake made by Honda Shoten, brewers of Tatsuriki sake in Hyogo. For these guys, it is all about the rice, as well it should be. Himeji is right in the backyard of perhaps the best rice fields in Japan, and have access to obscenely good Yamada Nish...

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09.17 Favorite Tipples. Koro Sake And Pilsner Urquell Beer. Sepa...

John Gauntner, from the archive, introduces his favorite sake tipple of choice: I don’t always drink beer. But when I do, it’s usually Pilsner Urquell. OK, that’s not true. It is usually from one of Japan’s quite passable large brewing companies. But without a doubt, my favorite beer in the world is Pilsner Urquell. And that tells you a lot about my preferences.

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09.17 Lees, Dregs, By-product: It's all Sake Kasu. Tasty and Hea...

SShould you frequent sake retailers with anything resembling a good selection of sake, you will often find for sale bags of sake kasu: beige chunks and chips of something resembling cheese or tofu. Sometimes, the unmistakable fragrance of sake wafts up from the clear plastic bag as it sits on the counter.

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09.17 Naka-Whatevuh: the Middle Way of Sake and the Lovely Nagan...

John Gauntner, from the archive, writes: Naka in Japanese means middle. The character (中) is one of the easiest to remember of the gazillion or so that there are to learn.

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08.17 The Sake Masters: Time to give the Toji the Respect they D...

  John Gaunter, from the archive, introduces the art of the toji:

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08.17 Nihonshu-do: Fuhgedaboudit! A Matter of (Specific) Gravity

  John Gauntner, from the archive, on the nihonshu-do  +/- rating system used to indicate dryness or sweetness. Or not!

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08.17 Listen Up Drinkers! Now you HAVE TO say Kampai with Sake. ...

  Our resident sake expert, Iohn Gauntner, from the archives writes: Several municipalities and one prefecture have put into effect actual legal ordinances  dictating that if you say kampai! it must be with sake (or in one case, shochu, Japan’s indigenous distilled beverage).

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08.17 Naka-Whatevuh: the Middle Way of Sake and the Lovely Nagan...

  John Gauntner, from the archive, writes: Naka in Japanese means middle. The character (中) is one of the easiest to remember of the gazillion or so that there are to learn.

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08.17 Lees, Dregs, By-product: It’s all Sake Kasu. Tasty and Hea...

I  Should you frequent sake retailers with anything resembling a good selection of sake, you will often find for sale bags of sake kasu: beige chunks and chips of something resembling cheese or tofu. Sometimes, the unmistakable fragrance of sake wafts up from the clear plastic bag as it sits on the counter.

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08.17 Favorite Tipples. Koro Sake And Pilsner Urquell Beer. Sepa...

  John Gauntner, from the archive, introduces his favorite sake tipple of choice: I don’t always drink beer. But when I do, it’s usually Pilsner Urquell. OK, that’s not true. It is usually from one of Japan’s quite passable large brewing companies. But without a doubt, my favorite beer in the world is Pilsner Urquell. And that tells you a lot about my preferences.

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