This month, we unveil a brand new blog feature called “World of Sake”. Twice a month, our blog will highlight something about sake. For example, a question and answer with a renowned sake maker, new sakes at Minami, sakes around the world, and much more.
To kick our new series off, here is a Q & A with our very own sake specialist, Miki Ellis! Miki is the world’s youngest certified sake professional. She has a wealth of sake knowledge and was recently featured on go! Vancouver, a local TV show.
Why do you love sake? It’s incredibly food-friendly and just so tasty!
How did you get into the industry? The obvious enjoyment of drinking was definitely a big part of it. Also, a few key people in my life got me excited about sake specifically.
Biggest misconception people have about sake? That it is a shot! Sake bombs are great, but by no means is it saké. The good stuff, premium sake, can (and should) be enjoyed like a white wine.
What would you say if someone asked you to pair sake with steak? I would go with a silky sake that has a good acidity level to breakdown the meat, as well as a solid body/structure to match the heavier palate. I’ve paired a kasu-marinated steak with a ginjo style sake called “Ginkkesho”, and it was awesome.
People should really get to know and explore sake, there is such a range to offer and when you nail a pairing. It’s brilliant.
What was your first sake memory? I remember thinking it was absolutely vile. I was really young and had to run to the kitchen to spit it out. However, alcohol tends to have that affect the first time you try it. Your palate is not accustomed to it, so it sometimes takes a few tries to get past the “alcohol veil”.
What are the top five songs on your playlist? It’s usually a strange mix of old stuff –I love Otis [Redding].
Favourite fish and why? Dory, I love Ellen DeGeneres.
The sake that you will always say yes to? The more telling question would be which would I refuse…
What is a talent you possess that most people don’t know about? I make mean Fireball mini cupcakes.
Last place you traveled to for work or pleasure? New York for Joy of Sake.