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Indirect Heat Jan 4, 2014 01:16 PM

Who has the best retail selection of sake in the Greater Boston area? Preferably on the Cambridge side of the river (we're in Arlington).

Thanks in advance.

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    snippet Jan 8, 2014 06:56 AM

    Cambridge Wine & Spirits in Fresh Pond (next to Whole Foods) has a huge selection of Sake.

    Craft Beer cellar as mentioned has a small but good selection, at least the one in Belmont did. The one near me (Westford) doesn't carry it, they are smaller and say they don't have the space. No idea which is the exception/rule, so you might call and check before going.

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      RichardPF Jan 5, 2014 04:50 PM

      Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill & Boston has a decent selection. You can also go to Reliable Market in Union Square, Somerville. Craft Beer Cellar (multiple locations) has about 8 Sakes, but they are good ones.

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        huuvola Jan 9, 2014 07:13 AM

        Just to reiterate the note above: Reliable Market, the Korean grocer in Somerville's Union Square, has a surprisingly large selection of sakes (at least, compared to most liquor stores in the Cambridge/Somerville area). Their address is 45 Union Square, Somerville, MA.

        Here's a post with more info:
        http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/...

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          tatsu Jan 9, 2014 11:54 AM

          I forgot about Reliable, and will third this, but they don't carry anything excellent. Good sake costs money most of the time. Reliable does have the big magnums of varying quality, which can make up for it, somewhat. Overall, Reliable is my favorite Korean grocer, and does okay with Japanese items.

      2. tatsu Jan 5, 2014 03:19 PM

        The Urban Grape has a couple of things worth trying but i recommend a field trip to Sakaya in NYC and Hiroko will totally take care of your needs.

        1. BostonZest Jan 5, 2014 04:27 AM

          Here's a link to a local blog with lots of information about sake. This link is just sake articles.

          http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/search/label/Sake

          When I was looking for a source for a sparking sake for a piece I was writing, Richard came through with a few suggestion right away, including where to buy them.

          Penny
          http://www.bostonzest.com/

          1. black_lab Jan 4, 2014 05:13 PM

            Blanchard's has a lot of selections we've enjoyed.

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