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  Niigata Sake Selections

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The “terroir” of Niigata is snow-based.

The reason that the Prefecture of Niigata produces the finest sake in the world can be summed up in one word-snow.

It is about the snow.
There are areas in the mountains of Niigata that receive over 30 feet of snowfall a year. This precipitous climate impacts the quality of the sake in three distinct ways.

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Introduction

About Niigata



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Niigata is referred to as “Snow Country”.
People in Japan think of Niigata and they think of rice and sake.

And snow - its clean, plentiful water is one key to the purity and flavor of its sake.

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About Niigata Sake Selecctions



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Premium sake from Japan has been steadily gaining its popularity among American consumers. The import value increased at an annual rate of 13-21% for the last several years.

Niigata Sake Selections was set up in 2004 to bring the concept of regionality for sake for the first time into the US by importing premium sake only from “Niigata” [nee- gut-ah] prefecture, which is renowned in Japan as the best area for growing rice and fermenting sake.

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Speak like a Japanese?

"Kakurei Daiginjo"

"The authentic way of pronouncing sake brand names."
We've got the best names in Sake.And here's how to pronounce them.

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Sake making

Sake is a brewed alcohol beverage made from rice, water, koji mold and yeast.
Winter, spring, summer & fall, all Niigata do is……

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Rice - How it is grown

Sake making - Ingredients

Sake making - Process

Premium Sake List

Hakuryu
"WhiteDragon"

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Daignjo

Kakurei

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Daiginjo

Karen Coy

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Junmai

Kiminoi
“Emperor’s Well”

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Yamahai Junmai Ginjo


Kirin-zan

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Junmai Daiginjo

Koshino Omachi

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Daiginjo

Manotsuru
“Four Diamonds”

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Junmai Ginjo

Matsunoi
“Wishing Well”

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Tokubetsu Honjozo


Midori-kawa

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Honjozo

Ten To Chi
“Heaven & Earth”

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Junmai Daiginjo

Yukikage
“Snow Shadow”

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Tokubetsu Junmai

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Full List

Kuramoto

KURAMOTO

"Niigata sake selections" KURAMOTO list

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Kuramoto, kura and sakagura, all meaning sake producer, can be used interchangeably.Each word has other meanings, such as Kuramoto - the owner of a sake producer, Kura, warehouse, Sakagura - sake cellar.
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Niigata Sake Selections represents the eleven producers in the US as of May 2008.
The word “Shuzo” (or rarely Shuzojo), meaning sake producer, is used as part of producer name. Not used independently.

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Aoki
Shuzo

Hakuryu
Shuzo

Ichishima
Shuzo

kiminoi
Shuzo

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Kinshihai
Shuzo

Kirinzan
Shuzo

Matsunoi
Shuzojo

Midorikawa
Shuzo

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Minogawa
Shuzo

Musashino
Shuzo

Obata
Shuzo