Wines are derived primarily from grapes,
and beers are primarily derivatives of grains. Though popularized as a
wine, sake is a rice-based beverage. Despite its flatness when compared
to beer...here's the answer... surprisingly, sake is actually a beer.
It is made via a technique in which
a mold, the koji, prepares rice for fermentation. The rice is then brewed
into sake. This method is generally not employed in the West. Premium
sakes are made with highly polished rice.
Experiment by serving sake as you
would any white, dry wine. After opening, any sake surplus will store
well-sealed and chilled in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
Many people restrict the thrill of
this "beer" to the winter months, believing that sake must always
be heated when sipped. Untrue! Another surprise! Summertime sake lovers
take note. May I suggest...chilled sake is sublime.
In closing, sake surprise #???: Though
the national alcoholic drink of Japan, sake originated...where? In China!