New Yorkers: Taste The Record Setting Nanbu Toji Gold Medal Saké & Gain Personal Insight Into America's Fascination With The Wine of Japan

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New York Vintners (21 Warrant Street, Tribeca) hosts Kyota Murai, the President of Momokawa Brewing Japan (sold in the U.S. under the Murai Family label). Kyota will pour the family's 60th gold medal winner from the exclusive Nanbu Toji Saké Competition, among other selections from the Murai Family brand, and share his insights into the American saké trend. The evening is set to begin at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 9.

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It is a great honor to have achieved this recognition for so many years. It is the hard work of our Master Toji (brewer) and his entire team

New York Vintners (21 Warrant Street, Tribeca) hosts Kyota Murai, the President of Momokawa Brewing Japan (sold in the U.S. under the Murai Family label). Kyota will pour the family's 60th gold medal winner from the exclusive Nanbu Toji Saké Competition, among other selections from the Murai Family brand, and share his insights into the American saké trend. The evening is set to begin at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 9.

Kyota's family saké brewery holds the Japan national record for the number of years in a row to receive a Nanbu Toji gold medal. "It is a great honor to have achieved this recognition for so many years. It is the hard work of our Master Toji (brewer) and his entire team," noted Mr. Murai. "To share it with our friends in NY will be a special experience since there is so little bottled each year." Few bottles of each year's contest entry make it to market and even fewer cross the Pacific to be found in the U.S. "We've seen a few bottles here in New York the past few years but usually in very exclusive locations," noted Chris Johnson, Japanese certified saké sommelier and New York saké expert. "The Nanbu Toji is an exclusive association of saké brewers, currently Japan's most regarded, and the gold medal winner is always a very special saké. One you have to sip to fully understand."

In addition to saké tasting, Japanese style Tapas and general saké information, Kyota Murai provides a unique perspective on America's growing fascination with saké. Having grown up in the family saké brewery, he spent fifteen years in America where he finished his education while assisting in family interests in SakéOne, the American saké brewery and importer of the Murai Family saké. Kyota's involvement with saké in America predates most of today's importers and growing legions of "experts." He will present is insight into the changing saké landscape of America and be joined by Monica Samuels, Saké Ambassador with Southern Wine & Spirits. Chris Johnson will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss the saké presented.

The Nanbu Toji Association is the leading collective of saké brewers in Japan. The annual competition holds its members to the quality criteria as defined by the association and only those that adhere to this strict standard are recognized. The 60 years of gold medals achieved by Momokawa Brewing Japan is unsurpassed.

Kyota Murai is the 6th generation Murai to guide the family saké kura (brewery). Kyota lived in America for sixteen years where he attained his degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and operated a custom motorcycle business where he won awards for his design work. During his time in Oregon, Kyota stayed connected to saké as a member of the board of directors at SakéOne, the American saké kura that his family helped develop. Kyota returned home to Aomori Prefecture in the Spring of 2007 when he accepted the reigns of the family kura. Today, Kyota continues his director role with SakéOne while he focuses increasing energy on the success and direction of his family's brewery.

Come for the rare Nanbu Toji gold medal winner, explore Murai Family Saké, and gain a personal insight into saké evolution in America.

Nanbu Toji Gold Medal & Murai Family Saké Tasting
Date: November 9
Time: 6:30 (approximately 2 hours)
Cost: $45
Trade and Press Inquiries: Contact Monica Samuels (562) 331-0128
Limited Seating: 35 people
Location: New York Vintners, 21 Warren Street, New York, NY, 10007
Reservations: 212-812-3999
Web: http://www.newyorkvintners.com

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