Sunday, June 29, 2008

Saké Sunday: Saké Nomi

The popularity of Saké in the U.S. continues to rise. This is evident by the growth of all-Saké stores. There are now three all-Saké shops in the U.S. First, there was True Sake in San Francisco. Now, there is also Sakaya in New York City (which I will be visting in a couple weeks) and Saké Nomi in Seattle. I only recently learned of Saké Nomi.

Nomi is a Japanese word for "only" and is appropriate as the store sells "only" Saké. Now, when you put Nomi with the word Saké, it then roughly translates as "one who likes to drink."

Saké Nomi is owned and operated by a husband and wife team Johnnie and Taiko Stroud. The store has been open for just over one year. They carry over 150 different Saké selections. But it is more than just a store to buy Saké, it is also has a bar. They usually have about 8-10 selections available for tasting and drinking. They also conduct monthly educational seminars and special tasting events. You can also sign up for their Nomidachi News, their email newsletter and keep up to date on upcoming events.

I have not been to Saké Nomi but I still want to give it my support. I love Saké and want to see its popularity continue to spread. And these all-Saké stores are a great way to showcase the wonderful diversity of Saké. Plus, it gives an opportunity for newcomers to taste various Sakés, to find the style that they enjoy. If you are in the Seattle area, why not check it out. If you do, please come back and tell me about it.

Saké Nomi
76 South Washington St.
Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-467-SAKE

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