Koshi no Kanbai and Food

Wine, beer, sake—the world is rich in great alcoholic beverages. But which pairs best with food? Very often, wine and other libations are delicious on their own but carry bold, distinctive flavors that dominate the palate and limit the range of foods they complement. Not so with sake. The gentle variations of this craft beverage make for easy pairings with more cuisines than you may realize. At Koshi no Kanbai, we make sakes with gentle aromas and low acidity. Elegant on their own, our sakes enhance almost any dish—from fresh seafood to hearty roasts, piquant seasonal vegetables to yes, even cheese. Our sakes make food more delicious.

You can pair sake very precisely with food, just as you can wine. The principles are the same: Find similarities in taste that tie food and sake together, enhancing both. Or find contrasting aspects that complement and elevate the flavors of both. As with anything, there will always be a few exceptions. Very spicy or strongly flavored dishes can overwhelm an elegant sake. But in general, sake is the world's most versatile, food-friendly beverage.

Even among great sakes, Koshi no Kanbai is an outstanding companion to food.

When you taste our sake, you'll notice first its clean nature—delicate, fine-grained and free of off-flavors. Combined with an overall light feel, this makes Koshi no Kanbai sake instantly approachable. Mid-palate flavors present plenty of well-rounded umami richness—the result of carefully selected sake rice and a closely monitored period of maturation. The elegant finish presents a delicate, fruity aroma typical of ginjo sake. In Koshi no Kanbai, flavors and aromas meld for sublime effect. Connoisseurs recognize these outstanding qualities. Novice sake drinkers find our sake easy to approach. Finely tuned and in perfect balance, Koshi no Kanbai sake will never bore you—and indeed, this very harmony creates a wonderful sense of anticipation.

Even more than most sake, Koshi no Kanbai is subtle, with layers and hidden aspects that reveal themselves as you sip it with food. The sake expresses itself gradually, in a different way with each cuisine. And it has an inherent quality that always, always invites one more sip. Our company, Ishimoto Sake Brewery co.,Ltd, has created two restaurants in Niigata. One serves traditional Japanese fare, and you would naturally expect food and sake to pair well. The other is French, allowing our sake to demonstrate its versatility with fine Western cuisine. These restaurants are a daily testament to just how well Koshi no Kanbai complements a range of the world's flavors.