Niichiro Marumoto harvesting rice

Marumoto Brewery: A special CSW saké tasting

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This Wednesday (May 15), we will be happy to welcome Niichiro Marumoto to Chambers St. Wines for a special in-store saké tasting from 6 – 8 pm. Marumoto-san represents the sixth generation of brewers at the historic Marumoto Brewery in south-western Japan and has been instrumental in guiding the estate towards organic certification.Our friend Midori from Joto Saké will also be here to help translate and answer questions.

Founded in 1867 in the Okayama prefecture in Japan, the Marumoto brewery has earned the nickname “the Farmer’s Brewery,” because the farmers who grow the rice also brew the saké. Most large-scale saké breweries (and often smaller breweries as well) buy their rice from large farmers or rice brokers, who typically use generous amounts of pesticides and fertilizers to increase yields. The Marumoto brewery is committed to growing their own rice and eliminating the use of chemicals in their fields. They grow 100% Yamada Nishiki rice (considered the best saké rice in Japan), with a focus on lower yields, and a careful cultivation style called “san-ou,” which ensures that nutrients are channeled to the grains, rather than the leaves and stalks. They are also one of the first breweries to pursue organic certification, and are set to convert the entire estate to organic farming in the coming years.

Join us on Wednesday if you’re in the area between 6 – 8 pm, or check out the tasting notes and order some online if you’re interested!

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Marumoto Okayama Chikurin Organic Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo 720ml

This is the pride of the Marumoto brewery line-up, from certified organic rice paddies that are tended by the brewers. There is no use of fertilizers or herbicides, and they use only pure, chemical-free water (the brewery was originally called Shimizu-Ya, or "Clear Water Brewery" because of the high quality of the water used in its sake production).

This is a dry sake that has a delicate, mouth-watering elegance reminiscent of Champagne, crisp acidity and a lingering finish. It is relatively light in style, with the faintest hint of sweetness and viscosity in the mid-palate. This versatile and outstanding sake will pair well with grilled fish, sashimi, etc. and has enough body and richness to accompany spicy or acidic foods as well.

Should be kept and served chilled.

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Marumoto Okayama Chikurin Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo 300ml

The Chikurin brand is the limited release label from the Marumoto Brewery, which was founded in 1867 at the base of the Chikurin-ji Mountains, in Okayama-ken, one of Japan’s most prized agricultural regions. The Marumoto Brewery is set apart from most sake breweries because they own their own fields and grow the rice, which is 100% Yamada Nishiki rice grown organically.

This name “Karoyaka” means lightness in English, and this sake is vibrant and lively and made for pairing with seafood and oysters, yet it still has an amazing amount of depth and body, balanced with freshness and vivacity which is preserved by minimal pasteurization. Should be kept and served cold.

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Marumoto Brewery NV Okayama-ken Hou Hou Shu 300ml (Sparkling)

From the esteemed Marumoto brewery it took the brewmaster—Niichiro Marumoto—many years to perfect a method to create naturally sparkling sake—the bubbles are caused by a process similar to Champange: the second fermentation occurs naturally and is captured in the bottle. On the palate, there are notes of lychee and tropical fruit, with refreshing acidity and touch of sweetness. This is a sparkling sake that is delicious, refreshing and extremely fun to drink!

Should be kept and served chilled.

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  • $14.99