One of the things I couldn’t help noticing on my recent trip to New York (apart from the fact that there seemed to be some sort of election on) was how much more embedded in the bar and restaurant scene sake is than almost anywhere else other than Japan.
If you’re based near London and intrigued by this subtle and fascinating drink – and if you love wine, why wouldn’t you be? – you might consider one of the British Sake Association’s monthly sake tastings.
The next one is being held at the newly opened sake bar at Bincho Soho in – yes, you’ve guessed it – Soho. This gathering of sake fans and the simply curious is being held early evening Monday 17 Nov and will feature sakes from Hiroshima's Fujii Brewery and from Hyogo-ken.
Tickets include the sake tasting plus what is touted as ‘Bincho’s first class yakitori’. Members of the British Sake Association, including those who join that night, pay £25 per ticket while non members pay £30. Tickets must be bought in advance, either by cheque made out to the British Sake Association and sent to 148 Rainville Road, London W6 9HN, or by online payment. See www.britishsakeassociation.com for the association’s bank details.
Monday 17 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm
16 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4TL
Send £25 or £30 per ticket to
British Sake Association
148 Rainville Road
London W6 9HN
+44 (0)20 7385 1820