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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO

Copyrighted material, April 2016

JAPAN SAKE BREWERIES & PREFECTURES

RU USSIA IA

Takasago

CH HIN NA

(Hokkaido) Hokk kkai kk aido ai d do

RTH KO KOR ORE R A

Ama no To (Akita)

SEA OF JAPAN

Nanbu Bijin

Kanbara

(Iwate)

(Niigata) Hons Ho nshu ns hu

Yuho (Ishikawa)

Tentaka (Tochigi)

Konteki (Kyoto) Mantensei (Tottori)

TOKYO

Rihaku (Shimane)

Mt.Fuji Elev 12,388

Tensei (Kanagawa)

Takatenjin (Shizuoka) Shik Sh ikok ik ok ku ku

Fukucho Ky yu usshu shu

(Hiroshima)

Chiyonosono (Kumamoto)

Tozai (Kyoto) Bushido (Kyoto)

PACIFIC OCEAN

PREMIUM JAPANESE SAKE FACTS RICE VARIETIES

700 A.D.

YEAR SAKE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ORIGINATED IN JAPAN

13

1,000

NUMBER OF SAKE BREWERIES IN JAPAN TODAY

NUMBER OF RICE VARIETIES REPRESENTED IN VINE CONNECTIONS SAKE

SAKE RICE VS. TABLE RICE

55%

OF JAPAN’S FARMLAND IS RICE PADDIES

15%-17%

HEIGHT: sake rice is 25% taller than table rice

WEIGHT: sake rice is heavier (weighs 25-30 grams)

WIDTH: a grain of sake rice is 20% larger than table rice

CONTENT: sake rice has more starch, less fat, & less protein

AVERAGE ALCOHOL BY VOLUME IN SAKE

LESS THAN

SAKE GRADE LEVELS

6%

OF ALL JAPANESE SAKE IS CONSIDERED SUPER PREMIUM

NON JUNMAI

31

JUNMAI GINJO & JUNMAI DAIGINJO

GINJO & DAIGINJO

HONJOZO

NON PREMIUM SAKE

LOW GRADE

low quality

73.8%

PREMIUM

ALL SAKE MADE

14.2%

JUNMAI & TOKUBETSU JUNMAI

high quality

6.2%

Increasing quality, price, fragrance, complexity

2.6% 3.2%

SUPER PREMIUM

NUMBER OF PREMIUM SAKE IMPORTED BY VINE CONNECTIONS

JUNMAI

RICE MILLED TO:

Brewed using Rice, Water, Koji Mold, & Distilled Alcohol

Brewed using Rice, Water, & Koji Mold only (NO Distilled Alcohol)

DAIGINJO

JUNMAI DAIGINJO

AT LEAST

GINJO

JUNMAI GINJO

HONJOZO

JUNMAI

AT LEAST

FUTSU “TABLE SAKE”

Table sake often using automated brewing processes and plenty of distilled alcohol. Futsu represents about 75% of the entire sake market.

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AT LEAST

50%

(50% or more milled away)

60%

(40% or more milled away)

70%

(30% or more milled away)

NO MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

VINE CONNECTIONS SAKE PORTFOLIO A comprehensive portfolio offering everything from the highest quality everyday sake to the ultimate drinking experience. We have selected top breweries from 13 different Japanese prefectures spanning the entire country, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Vine Connections is the leading U.S. authority on Japanese sake and is known for its consistency of quality, supply, and price stability. Our approachable sake education, innovative marketing and packaging, and sales materials truly set us apart from our competitors.

ABOUT VINE CONNECTIONS Vine Connections leads the charge for representing sake and wines that change minds – unearthing high quality sake and wines, regions, and people who inspire you to become part of the VC movement. Vine Connections is one of the leading authorities and educators in the U.S. for