Brewed with a native strain of red rice, this sake drinks like a light red wine. We get tart red cherry and plum, complimented by savory green olive and a noticeable tannin. Drink this cold with Spanish-style gambas al ajillo, steak tartare, or with piece of good dark chocolate.
While studying at Tokyo University, Kuniko-san’s professor encouraged her to work on a sake brewed with the red rice he knew grew in Ine. Ine Mankai, or “Ine in full bloom”, is the result.
About the producer
Located in the fishing village of Ine on the edge of the Sea of Japan, Mukai Shuzo is helmed by Kuniko Mukai. Her family has owned this brewery for nearly 270 years and Kuniko-san is one of a small but growing number of female sake brewers in Japan. She is particularly creative in her approach, running with ideas for unique sakes that buck convention.