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Sake - MSP

babaoriley7 Dec 16, 2007 03:50 PM

I'm looking for a variety of Sake... actually just a place with good selection so they might carry unfiltered sake. It is the cloudy white stuff with less alcohol and I find it to be considerably more smooth.

I would prefer to buy only a small amount at a time as well... Perhaps a 375 mL bottle?

Once last Sake related question, how long does it keep once opened and refrigerated?

  1. AnneInMpls Dec 16, 2007 05:52 PM

    Surdyk's has a large selection of sake, including several unfiltered sakes, and at least one sparkling sake (which I love).

    I've never been able to keep an open bottle of sake around long enough to tell how it lasts once it's opened. But you could post this question on the Wine board.


    Surdyks Liquor and Bistro 2go
    303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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    1. re: AnneInMpls
      dave43 Mar 27, 2009 10:24 AM

      I just found out cost plus closed which is sad because they carried my favorite affordable Junmai Ginjo Sake made in oregon called Sake One. Anyone else found this Sake anywhere else?

      1. re: dave43
        galewskj Mar 27, 2009 01:10 PM

        Urrrgh. I know I've seen that around, but I'm not that big into sake and don't remember where I saw it. I'd call the usual suspects (Big Top, Surdyks, Zipps).

        1. re: dave43
          tex.s.toast Mar 27, 2009 01:32 PM

          Have you tried trader joe's liquor store? i am not positive but they may only carry their own branded sake, but as we all know their house brands are simply relabled major brands anyhow, and i do remember seeing some american sake there.

          They wont tell you who made it, but if you call they could at least tell you if: a. its american, b. if they carry a junmai ginjo.

          1. re: tex.s.toast
            dave43 Mar 27, 2009 04:33 PM

            Yes trader Joes does carry Junmai Ginjo Sake made in Japan by Oimatsu Shuzo. I believe it was very affordable too.

      2. mcgeary Dec 16, 2007 05:50 PM

        I just bought a 375ml bottle of sake at France 44 yesterday -- they have a couple of different unfiltered selections in small bottles. You might also try Zipps, in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis; I recall that their sake selection isn't bad. I've never had much luck at Surdyk's.

        France 44 Wines & Spirits
        4351 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

        Zipp's Liquor Store
        2618 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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        1. re: mcgeary
          kevin47 Mar 27, 2009 12:23 PM

          Zipps has at least half a dozen 375ml bottles in stock, and their associates know enough to direct you to the right stuff. In my experience they only stock the good stuff in niche categories (if you're ever in the market for grappa...). They should be able to answer your questions.

          My stepfather is a Buddhist, and so had Sake around for various services. In my experience, Sake last longer than wine, once opened.

          That said, you CAN kill a 375 in one evening, can't you?

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