Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Sake Expert John Gauntner

10/3 Sake Expert John Gauntner


@Japanesesake (japanese sake): 20 minutes to #sake #SommChat w/ @JohnGauntner – getting excited! Tune in now Sake fans

@VinoPeteBlog (Peter Trapasso): @KeeperColl @Japanesesake I will be there! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear about #Sake from Sake Expert @JohnGauntner! #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to @JohnGauntner #Sake Expert! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @JohnGauntner to say hello & so he knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @JohnGauntner our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Sake Expert @JohnGauntner! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Thanks for having me, great to be here! #SommChat #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGautner Wow, what an honor, Mr. Gautner. #SommChat #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @JohnGauntner @KeeperColl Hi John, hope you are well! #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Good morning @JohnGauntner! Or should we say Good Night! #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Hope you’re not too sleepy, Mr. Gauntner! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperCollPleasure is all mine! #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): .@JohnGautner Onegaishimasu! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@wineandsake (Rachel Macalisang): @KeeperColl ???????? @JohnGauntner Welcome to #SommChat #WW

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl: Good morning! Glad to be at #SommChat witb you and #sake expert @JohnGauntner #WW

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Q. @JohnGauntner many nations produce rice, do you think that Sake will spread throughout the world like wine has? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @MauricesCru @KeeperColl certainly it is possible, but like grapes the eating type &brewing type r different so will take time #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner What first sparked your interest in #sake? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Jan 1 ’89 a co-worker intro’d me to 6?good sake, 1st time not hot, 1st time 2 compare & was blown away #SommChat #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): hello @JohnGautner San! Do you approach tasting sake exactly like tasting wine or are there differences? #SommChat @KeeperColl

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Q. @JohnGauntner @KeeperColl How was the “Sake Day” celebration in Tokyo? How did you celebrate? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@Japanesesake @KeeperColl Big bash in Tokyo near Brewers’ Assoc, & tastings all over. Me? Went 2 Shizuoka for rockin’ tasting! #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @Japanesesake @JohnGauntner #sake #SommChat exist 1 or more #rice #wine/fermented brew traditional #india = can start a war easy [apparently]

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @johngauntner U.S. Interest in sake is rising, do you sense any acceleration? #SommChat @KeeperColl @RichardPF

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@vtwinemedia For sure! Has been growing at 10% a year ave 4 decade & it continues to do so some up some down but ave increasing #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner What is a good method of cleansing your palate when tasting many sakes? Any alternative to water? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug baking soda, salt & in Japan in gov’t tastings from time 2 time they use raw eggs. Seriously. Crackers work in a pinch! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @CaravelleChamp @KeeperColl Pretty much the same other than the experience itself with the beverage at hand, looking 4 same stuff #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): @KeeperColl @JohnGauntner welcome to #SommChat!!

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Q. @JohnGauntner what are the special conditions needed to grow rice for Sake? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @MauricesCru @KeeperColl Among others, hot days cold night. Makes the starch rush to the center where it is safe from milling. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @enjoielife: @JohnGauntner @CaravelleChamp Would think acidity not as important a factor in evaluating a rice wine, no? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @enjoielife @KeeperColl Much less acidity in sake, yes, but overall presence/footprint is smaller too so acidity is important #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): Morning! #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): Q. @JohnGauntner How do we convince distributors & wine stores to sell more Sake? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @RichardPF @KeeperColl They need to know they will make money so go in with all your friends daily #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @JohnGauntner Thanks John. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Help consumers taste! RT @richardpf: Q. @JohnGauntner How do we convince distributors & wine stores to sell more Sake? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner What would be your number ONE favorite brewery in Northern Kyushu? So many of my own favorites are there. #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl Either Tenzan, Mori no Kura, or Chiyo no Sono (which is really south Kyushu, but…) #SommChat

@wineandsake (Rachel Macalisang): @KeeperColl @JohnGauntner who are your favorite #sake brewers? and what are the latest innovations? #SommChat #ww

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@wineandsake @KeeperColl Too many faves to pick, latest innovatoins are more sparkling sake & lots of sweeter than normal sake #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Q. @JohnGauntner What are some of your favorite foods to pair sake with (besides sushi of course)? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@Japanesesake #sake is so food friendly it’s hard 2 know where 2 start, but love all grilled fish & umami-rich stuff m’self #SommChat

@ridesmith (jaime smith): @KeeperColl: #SommChat hello john, jaime from Las Vegas, glad to see you are here, I need more red shiso liquor!!

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@ridesmith @KeeperColl Red shiso liquor? Yer talkin’ to the wrong guy, Jamie! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @JohnGauntner:Can you offer a “cheat sheet” for ordering sake in restaurants? What are main differentiators? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@enjoielife @KeeperColl 1. Sake is fairly priced so use that fact 2. If word Ginjo is on bottle you are in top 7% of all sake #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner What kind of exams did U have to take to achieve expert #sake certification? How did you prepare? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Very technical tasting exams w/a bit of technical written analysis, very dry stuff actually (no pun intended) #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Which of the two major sake certifications that you have would you say carries more “weight” in the industry? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl The Expert Sake Assessor for sure. Only 45 have it. Hard as anything, it was. #SommChat

@ancientfirewine (Jason Phelps): #SommChat about #Sake today? Pretty cool! Drink more Sake!

@tengusake (Tengu Sake): @JohnGauntner Q: What will the Enjoy Japanese Kokushu Project actually deliver & how will it benefit sake importers & retailers? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@tengusake @KeeperColl Actually the cabinet minister in charge was just replaced yesterday in cabinet reshuffle so bets r off! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@tengusake @KeeperColl However until this point the effect has been surprisingly great so maybe momentum will carry it on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner What are the biggest differences between #sake and all other alcoholic beverages? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Sake’s brewed from rice, no other fermentables, gets enzymes for starch 2 sugar conversion from a mold and … #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl in sake starch 2 sugar and sugar 2 alc take place simultaneously and in the same tank, this is unique 2 sake #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Q. @JohnGauntner Can sake be aged? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @Japanesesake @KeeperColl Drink most sake young, less than 1% is sold as aged sake. But there r exceptions! I experiment often #SommChat

@wineymolly (molly peterson): #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): @JohnGauntner @KeeperColl Sake and Soju, do the 2 conflict or complementary? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @VineyardGate @KeeperColl soju is actually Korean, shochu is the J-version & is distilled. Sake/shochu like wine/brandy perhaps #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): Never thought of pairing sake with anything other than sushi until #SommChat with @JohnGauntner! Grilled fish + sake on the to-try list!

@wineymolly (molly peterson): #SommChat Q. What’s the shelf life on av open bottle of sake??

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@wineymolly @KeeperColl great q! short answer is 1 week, but that is worst case, much sake lasts longer. But 1 week safe 4 sure #SommChat

@ancientfirewine (Jason Phelps): I have learned that choosing #sake doesn’t have to be hard. The cheapest ones are bulk #sake vs. ginjo offering value. #SommChat

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @JohnGauntner are there any “new” styles of sake being experimented with and if so are they any good? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@harleywine1 @KeeperColl Various like low alc, highly sweet and wild fruit yeasts all fine but none hold candle 2 normal sake #SommChat

@tengusake (Tengu Sake): #SommChat @JohnGauntner glad it’s having an effect in Japan, I heard a rumour their might b budget 2 help with foreign labelling?

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@tengusake @KeeperColl actually project has no budget! Really! Runs on rep of cabinet being behind it! #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @johngauntner beer before #sake or sake before beer? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@mattreiser @KeeperColl here in Japan beer comes first then sake but just one way! #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @KeeperColl bubbles always the bookends in all situations #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): Answer: sake bomb. RT @mattreiser: @johngauntner beer before #sake or sake before beer? #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @mattreiser and where do you bubbles fit in that question:) #SommChat #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner What type glass is best for sniffing? You have stemless one with “protrusion” in the middle..pure hype, no function? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl yes, no function to that weird glass, I like simple kikichoko, trad white tasting glass w/2blue rings #SommChat

@inyourmouthTO (Ken Samuel): For @johngauntner I have had a Genshu namazake stand up to kimchi. What is an odd pairing you came across that worked? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @inyourmouthTO @KeeperColl sake and blowfish ovaries picked in rice powder for 3 years. I am serious. Great pairing! #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Q. @JohnGauntner You’ve already published 5 books on sake – what’s next on the literary front? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@japanesesake #KeeperColl Likely a followup to Sake’s Hidden Stories = stories of brewers in action #SommChat

@whyknowinphilly (Aaron Meeker): @KeeperColl @johngauntner #SommChat What is holding back Sake from being generally featured in more than Japanese restaurants?

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@whyknowinphilly @keepercall lack of confidence on part of management / staff to sell it, that is all! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner How would you describe the perfect-tasting #sake? What qualities do you look for? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl I like balance and depth and an intuitive rather than overt set of aromas and flavors #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Example: U taste it, set the glass down, and a full 3 secs later it strikes you: “ Ooh, damn that’s good” #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl But in truth sake offers so much: simple stuff, fruity stuff, aromatic stuff, acid-jacked stuff – sake has it all #SommChat

@inyourmouthTO (Ken Samuel): @JohnGauntner @KeeperColl #SommChat that’s pretty unique. What did the ovaries taste like, texture?

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @JohnGauntner @inyourmouthTO @KeeperColl Sake and blowfish ovaries sounds like quite an adventure! #SommChat

@wineapp (The Wine App-Russell): @JohnGauntner @inyourmouthTO @KeeperColl That is a wild pairing! Fun to try new things! #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @JohnGauntner @japanesesake That would be great! Sake’s Hidden Stories was an awesome book. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner Any tips for beginners on how to properly enjoy #sake? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl 3 rules: 1. Sake is fairly priced so making an initial decisions based on budget is OK #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl 2. Drink sake with word ginjo somewhere on label, top 7% of all sake, not only game in town but always safe bet #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl 3. Drink ginjo slightly chilled, like white wine, at least at 1st but know there are exceptions to temp rule #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Bonus rule: take notes so as to learn your own preferences #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner Top 3 brand recommendations for looking for an affordable price but also quality #sake? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl FULL DISCLOSURE I export these sake to Vine Connections! Rihaku, Amanoto, Takatenjin (3rd is my fave!) #SommChat #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Thx @JohnGauntner ! Are any of your books in available in ebook format? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@Japanesesake @KeeperColl Yes: Kindle, Nook, iPad & just PDF, Sake Notebook & Sake’s Hidden Stories here #SommChat

@TheSakeLocker (The Sake Locker): @JohnGauntner Are there any kura that you are keen on, but do not currently export? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @TheSakeLocker @KeeperColl Aw, tons! Some go through other routes, few r just not exported yet. Some just 2 small 4 overseas mkt #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @johngauntner how do we find the three sakes in the US? #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): @KeeperColl Contact Vine Connections to find these 3 in the US #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @KeeperColl go to and find distrib. in yr state and contact t2 find local retailer is easiest way methinks #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @JohnGauntner What attracted you to a life in Japan and how did you get the opportunity to first travel there? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): A. @KeeperColl Really it was a gazillion coincidences, 1st came on gov’ program to teach English & things flowed from there #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Do you believe sakamai varieties truly influence the final product as much as brewers hype them to? (eg. ???) #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl Yes 4 sure, but rice/sake connection not as tight as grape/wine connection but… #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl w/tasting experience it becomes much more obvious. Yamada and Omachi are, 4 example, different worlds! #SommChat

@mmWine (Matthew S Horbund): @KeeperColl @JohnGauntner There was some Sake at the #StacoleFineWine tour. I didnt get a chance to try any. Recs @snottysomm? #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Gonna clutter up this chat just to say that you truly are a genius and inspiration, John. Thank you. Now back 2 Q’s. #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@ghoulbug @KeeperColl I like that kind of clutter! thanks for our questions! #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): Q. @JohnGauntner What education path would you recommend for someone highly interested in sake? #SommChat @KeeperColl #ww

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @hkremer @KeeperColl If U are really serious I have a 3-day course in the US and a 5-day course in Japan, see my site 4 more #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@hkremer @KeeperColl Next one is this month, 24-26, in SF! #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Q. @JohnGauntner What do you recommend for someone wanting to really learn a lot about sake? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @JohnGauntner @hkremer @KeeperColl I highly recommend John’s Sake course. I have taken it & learned plenty. #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@RichardPF @KeeperColl Thanks, Richard, very much! #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): @RichardPF Thanks for the endorsement Richard! @JohnGauntner Thank you, I’ll look for the info! I’m near SF @KeeperColl #SommChat #ww

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Premium sake is intended to be served chilled, correct? Are there exceptions to this rule? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl Oh God yes! Don’t get me started on this…Too late. You got me started… 140 characters be damned! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl I’ve come to love warm sake & much earthy rich sake goes soo well warm be sure to experiment #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl While true most ginjo best slightly chilled there are exceptions out the wazoo #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl Some brewers say truly good sake is 1 that is good warm or chilled & I believe that 2 #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl Still, took me several years of tasting 2 come full circle and fall in love w/warm sake again #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @japanesesake @KeeperColl Also: not true that bad sake is heated to mask flaws; this is not where the practice came from! #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Q on gimmicks#3: Is sake oxidized significantly during shizuku-shibori? ??? was advertising machine that prevents it #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@ghoulbug @KeeperColl yes it will oxidize which is why they only take the first part of the pressing then stop before ox hits #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @JohnGaunter @KeeperColl, How important is terrior to sake? Is quality driven more by process or great rice or equal? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): .@scottota driven by both rice and process, yes, but climate, trad cuisine, master brewer guild and more; fascinating study, it is #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @demilove @KeeperColl Know it’s a lesser village but 2009 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru “Clos Napoleon” ROCKED! #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Will be nice to have u stateside! RT @JohnGauntner: .@hkremer @KeeperColl Next is this month, 24-26, in SF! #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): RT @scottota: @JohnGaunter @KeeperColl, How important is terrior to sake? Is quality driven more by process or great rice or equal #SommChat

@kuma_no_sake (Sake Kuma): @JohnGaunter @KeeperColl What advice do you have for an American wanting to learn to make sake at a brewery in Japan? #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @kuma_no_sake @KeeperColl Honestly big thing is language. If you got that down might be possible. But industry not geared up 4 it #SommChat

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @hkremer Here is my detailed review of @JohnGauntner Sake course #SommChat

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Any plans to visit Korea to educate the masses? Sake is really catching on here, and you’d be treated like royalty! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug @KeeperColl No plans to go to Korea 4 sake work now but would WELCOME the chance! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #sake talk with #Sake Expert, @JohnGauntner ! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): It was great to have @JohnGauntner join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking #Sake Expert @JohnGauntner for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@RichardPF (Richard Auffrey): @KeeperColl @JohnGauntner Thanks very much John! Be well & Kanpai! #SommChat

@TheSakeLocker (The Sake Locker): @JohnGauntner Thanks for staying up! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): If anyone missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

@kuma_no_sake (Sake Kuma): @JohnGaunter @KeeperColl Thanks so much! We appreciate all that you do! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Thx again to @daniellafloeter & @theleftoverchef for new look unveiled yesterday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): will tweet our guest for 10/10 real soon – keep an eye out on #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): Thank you @JohnGauntner for your time, and all the information, I’m intrigued! May see you in a couple weeks #SommChat @KeeperColl

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): @JohnGauntner Thank you. I ever see you in an izakaya anywhere, and your tab’s on me. Will have to contact distributors in korea.. #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): @ghoulbug I would love to take you up on that! #SommChat

@JohnGauntner (John Gauntner): Thanks to everyone, you helped me get wide awake at 1am! Fun fun fun. Thanks! #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Thank you @JohnGauntner -San! Great job keeping up with the fast flow of all these great questions! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): @KeeperColl Thank you for hosting #SommChat, great stuff, every week! #winewednesday

@wineandsake (Rachel Macalisang): @KeeperColl ????????????? @JohnGauntner #SommChat #WW

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @JohnGauntner thank you! @KeeperColl #SommChat #WW

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): I second that, Arigato Gozaimasu @JohnGauntner it was excellent! RT @harleywine1: @JohnGauntner thank you! @KeeperColl #SommChat #WW

@ghoulbug (jeff kim): Next step in life: join John Gauntner’s course as soon as time allows. Good night everyone. #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl @JohnGauntner Thank you for helping us #winelover (s) learn more about #Sake on #SommChat this #WineWednesday.

@VinoPeteBlog (Peter Trapasso): @JohnGauntner Well done John. Excellent chat! #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): .@johngauntner Domo Arigato. Would love to take the course some day. Kanpai. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@tattoodsomm (Eric Hastings): @KeeperColl there are, actually. Kimoto, or lees stirred, sakes drink quite well gently warmed. #SommChat #Sake

@ToriBerd (Tori Berdelle): Woah!! “@JohnGauntner: sake and blowfish ovaries pickled in rice powder for 3 years. I am serious. Great pairing! #SommChat”

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl Sorry 2 miss #SommChat! I recently had #sake paired with caviar & it was a lovely departure from traditional champagne. =)

@Tokyofoodcast (Tokyofoodcast): Missed the live #sake #SommChat w/ @JohnGauntner, but it’s great to read the session at #SommChat

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Great chat this am w/ @JohnGauntner via @KeeperColl #SommChat – thx to all participants & the sake master’s insight into our favorite brew

@Japanesesake (japanese sake): Miss today’s #SommChat w/ #sake guy @JohnGauntner? View the archive here: