Izumi Teion Sakura teams with George Restaurant Chef Lorenzo’s black cod dish to win Silver Medal at 2012 Gold Medal Plates

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     The Gold Medal Plates organizers today announced the winners of the September 25 Toronto event, including silver medal winner George Restaurant Chef Lorenzo Loseto’s black cod dish paired with Izumi Teion Sakura Junmai Sake.  We are honoured that George’s team including Sommelier JP Potters paired one of our sakes with their cod plate, and are proud to share in their Silver Medal success.  Congratulations to George Restaurant!

Judges James Chatto, Sasha Chapman, Anita Stewart and Christine Cushing commented as follows:  “Our silver medal winner was Lorenzo Loseto of George – the only Toronto chef to compete in every Gold Medal Plates event in the modern era. This is his third silver medal, which also puts him in a very small and exalted group of one. Yesterday he worked with black cod, timing the fish to moist perfection and crusting it with crushed cashews held together by an invisible beet tapenade that added a delightful earthy sweetness to the flavour of the nuts. Beside it was a tiny stack of soft juicy beet salad, a ½-inch mound of pungent avocado mousse and a scattering of minuscule pickled samiji mushrooms and wild leeks. A scattering of black beans and coriander seedlings boosted the earthy flavours and the whole dish rested on a tissue-thin magic carpet of shaved radish. The match with an exceptionally floral, fruity 2012 Teion Sakura Junmai sake from Toronto’s own Ontario Spring Water Sake Company was masterful.”

Congratulations to Gold Medal winner Auberge du Pommier’s foie gras dish paired with Peller Estates’ Ice Cuvee Rose ice wine, and Bronze Medal winner Panagaea’s venison dish paired with 13th Street Essence 2009 Pinot Noir.






Newsflash: fresh Koji and Shiokoji available in limited supply this Sunday Sept 23!

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Many of our customers have asked about the possibility of buying freshly made KOJI and/or SHIOKOJI from the brewery.  As an experiment, we will be making extra koji during this weekend’s sake koji production run to be ready for this Sunday, September 23.

Koji will be available for pick up this Sunday only (we have no means to store it) at a cost of $3 per 100g, to be paid by credit card at time of ordering.  Koji is useful for a number of things including sake home-brewing, making homemade AMAZAKE (naturally sweet non-alcoholic sake, usually served warm) and making SHIOKOJI.

We will also make some of our own SHIOKOJI, which will be available at our brewery store starting at around 3pm on Sunday September 23 at a cost of $7 per 175-g tub while supplies last.  Shiokoji is useful as a flavour enhancer, a meat tenderizer and quick pickling agent for vegetables.  Shiokoji purchased at the brewery will need to be kept at room temperature for a period of time as per instructions to be provided, but will then be stable for use over a period of several months.

Those wishing to order KOJI or SHIKOJI can call us at  416-365-SAKE (7253) or email us at info@ontariosake.com.

Thank you very much & hope to see you Sunday!




Sake Institute of Ontario announces Educational Event on National Sake Day October 1 featuring Head Brewer Greg Newton

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Sake Institute of Ontario announces Educational Event on National Sake Day October 1 featuring Head Brewer Greg Newton

The following announcement has been released by Sake Institute of Ontario:

On Monday, Oct 1st, the Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO) will be celebrating ‘Nihonshu no Hi’ (National Sake Day) – the start to the new brewing season in Japan – with an intimate, fun, and informative Sakebrewing Seminar & Tasting Event.
Please join us at: Yuzu no Hana Sushi & Sake Bar (236 Adelaide St. W.) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Three brewery representatives will be our guides into the ancient craft of sakebrewing.  Greg Newton, Head Brewer of Ontario Spring Water Sake Co., our local brewery in The Distillery, will present on the core elements of sakebrewing.  Also attending will be Kozaemon the 14th, CEO of Nakashima Sake Brewing Co. from Gifu, Japan, a family-owned brewery founded in 1702, and Mr. Fukui, Export Manager for Tamanohikari Sake Brewing Co. of Kyoto, Japan.  We will have sakes on hand to taste from Izumi, Kozaemon, and Tamanohikari, plus many other current releases from Ontario’s top sake importers.  Sushi + light catering will be provided by Yuzu no Hana.

Tickets are $35 until Sept 24th ($40 afterwards) and limited to 50 guests – get yours today before we sell out: http://kampaitoronto.ticketleap.com/sio-sakebrewing-seminar–tasting/


**SIO is a not-for-profit trade organization of Ontario-based sake distributors and manufacturers with the principal objective of educating and promoting the responsible consumption and enjoyment of sake.

Fresh Izumi sake now for sale online!

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No time to drop by our brewery or an LCBO outlet?  No problem, Izumi sakes (including unpasteurized “namazake”) are now available online via the leaders in online wine shopping in Ontario, WINEONLINE.CA.

We have just added a quicklink to our homepage www.ontariosake.com, and the direct link to the Izumi Sake page at WINEONLINE.CA is as follows:


Happy online shopping!