Coming Right Up: Philanthropic Boozing at Urban Grape
Who says no good deed goes unpunished? The Urban Grape, one of our favorite boutique wine shops, is holding a sake seminar to benefit the Kiuchi Earthquake/Tsunami Fund on Sunday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. The entrance fee will go directly to help feed, house, and clothe disaster victims, and renowned sake sommelier Nancy Cushman of O Ya will be conducting a tasting and information session. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Cushman, who studied in Japan under world-famous sake expert John Gauntner, says many people have misconceptions about the drink, the most common being that itâ€™s best served warm, it tastes like rubbing alcohol, and itâ€™s only good with Japanese food.
“Sake is a surprisingly fantastic partner to many different cuisines,â€ť says Cushman. â€śI drink Junmai-type sake with pizza!â€ť
Guests can expect to learn about different types of sake and how to pair them with various foods, but can also request recommendations based on wine preferences. â€śAnd weâ€™re going to taste some really delicate, lovely sake,â€ť says Cushman.
One hundred percent of proceeds are going directly to the Kiuchi Earthquake/Tsunami Fund, started by the Kiuchi sake and beer brewery. According to Cushman and UG co-owner Hadley Douglas, the brewery has completely halted alcohol production and is instead distilling and bottling fresh drinking water while attempting to house and clothe neighbors whoâ€™ve been affected by the recent disasters.
Space is limited, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
$25, 7 to 9 p.m., the Urban Grape, 7 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-232-4831, theurbangrape.com.
â€” Lindsay Tucker is a Chowder contributor.
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