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We are proud to announce Takashi Ito the winner of the October 2018 Canada’s Great Kitchen Party (previously known as Canada’s Gold Medal Plate) in Victoria, B.C. Chef Ito, of Aura Waterfront Restaurant and Patio in Victoria, paired his winning plate with our Fraser Valley Junmai Renaissance Nigori creating a decadent, imaginatively Canadian balance. Bravo […]
Hello! It has been a beautiful summer here in Abbotsford, and the rice has been appreciated all the TLC. Our last update described the rice flowering process, since then the plants have exchanged pollen resulting in fertilization and concluding the reproductive phase. Now the grains are ripening and should be ready to harvest within the […]
Hello All,    Since our last post a lot has been happening on the farm. The plants have entered the reproductive stage of their life cycle, and soon all of them will be flowering.  In the photo you can see the pellicles, some of which have visible stamens (the pollen-producing part of the flower) just […]
Hello all! Summer is well underway and the rice is loving the mix of warm weather and intermittent moisture. Since our last update the rice has grown considerably, and isn’t done yet. This phase of the growth cycle is still referred to as the ‘vegetative stage’, where the plants are growing taller and putting out […]
It has been a little while since our last post. We finished planting rice last month and have been enjoying a beautiful Spring growing season in Abbotsford, BC. With everything in the ground, we’ve been keeping busy with weeding and maintenance. It doesn’t get any better than organic farming, does it? As always, let us […]
The weather has definitely changed, and with it we prepare to plant this season’s rice. Because of the chilly early Spring nights we experience here in British Columbia, we can’t simply plant seeds in the ground and wait for them to grow. We first grow trays of seedlings in a more temperate environment, allowing them […]
Here in British Columbia there are many reasons to be excited about the coming of Spring, and at Artisan SakeMaker the beginning of the new rice season ranks up there among the best of them. This year we are expanding production of our BC rice in an effort to meet customer demand. This past week […]
Spring is officially here! What better way to celebrate any changing seasons than with chocolate? Purdy’s Chocolatiers is inviting you to enjoy Spring with their signature Sake & Sakura Chocolate Truffles (made with our sake!). These are truly a delicious way to embrace the cherry blossoms and new season! More info is available at Purdy’s […]
Osake Artisan SakeMaker enjoyed another amazing year at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival. Opportunities to meet and mingle with likeminded people in the industry and showcase our sake to the public are always rewarding, and this was no exception. This year we were pouring a variety of our sakes in a range of styles. […]
How long we have been waiting for spring… We all feel it is just around the corner. Why don’t we celebrate this precious moment of spring coming with Sake+Sakura Purdy’s chocolate? Sakura, or cherry blossom, has been a symbol of spring in Japan for centuries. This spring, Artisan SakeMaker and Purdy’s Chocolate team up to […]