If you aren’t part of the phenomenon that is Twitter, you might as well bury your head in the sand and pray that somehow you’ll stay connected in this futuristic world of web networking. If you are a “tweet” as they are called, and you follow the Wine Mutineer’s twitter feed, you probably saw that I posed the following question: Is sake a wine, beer, or spirit?
Below are the answers, and I’d love to hear your thoughts via a comment. Ron of HoseMaster, I expect your comment to be so epically witty that I actually have no idea what you are talking about.
Please note: Twitter is all about short posts, requiring creative wording to supersede proper grammar, so pay attention to the ideas rather than the technical writing.
LindySez: “I consider Sake to be wine”
RichardPF: (spread over several posts) “I had this discussion with ryanopaz a short time ago. I see Sake as its own unique drink, though more wine-like than anything. Though it is made from a grain like a beer, it has no hops. Most definitions of “beer” require it to have hops or carbonation. But Sake undergoes multiple fermentations like neither wine or beer does. Its taste and general styles seems more like wine, especially the more subtle and delicate daiginjos. If a person had a blind tasting of Sake, I bet nearly all would assume it was a wine not a beer.”
Scwinegirl: “I should consider it a wine but I view it as a spirit”
Kirrhilll: “It’s not a wine, spirit or beer – but is closes to beer in the way that it’s made i.e. fermented or so I’m told…”
Winewanker: “Beer! A spirit needs to be distilled, wine is fermented fruit & beer is fermented grain. Since rice is a grain sake is a beer.”