West L.A.'s Wine House is known for its almost encyclopediac collection of wines, beers and a well rounded selection of premium sakes. Last year, I met sake expert John Gauntner there; this Friday July 31 st there six sakes being presented all from breweries in Niigata--Manotsuru, Hakkaisan, Kikusui and Ichishima. It's $6 for six tastes, reps of the brands will be there to answer questions. Following the tastings, there's a four course dinner with 10 sakes at Upstairs 2. Wine House sake buyer Coffield Appiah picked the sakes, which represent different styles and price points. Instead of a sweet sake, he's pairing dessert with two namazakes or draft sakes that have only been pasteurized once--sweet! The dinner is $85; the sake ceviche should pair nicely with the Manotsuru Red Crane Junmai.
Coffield advises the Wine House will host a mini-sake festival and showcase for 17 breweries on October 4th from 12-4 p.m. Check back here for more details!