Everyone loves a good ‘ol fashioned wine tasting. You learn more about different types of wine, you learn more about your pallet, and you have an excuse to let it go to your head for a little bit. Wine’s Asian cousin, sake, is often overlooked, both in terms of consumption and study, in our western culture. It’s a tragedy, really. Like wine, cheap sake is bitter and burns as it goes down, and a solid sake will be smooth and complex. Unlike wine, sake is not fermented rice; in its creation it bears more of a similarity to beer in that it is brewed. Never has rice carried such a delightful buzz.