It's an idea. An attitude. A belief that there is something more just waiting to be discovered. It drove the pioneers across the Oregon Trail and our micro-brew and winery friends to change laws and start a revolution in craft beverages that has become a hallmark for Oregon.
Rumor has it that it rains a lot here in Oregon. Very true, it does and when it falls from the sky we simply look up and say "thank you." The rain is critical to our ability to craft the finest sake.
Here in Oregon, the edge of the continent rises steeply from the Pacific Ocean to more than 3,700 feet creating the deep temperate rainforest known as the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range. These high hills and peaks form a lush aquifer that filters as much as 120 inches of rain each year through rich organic sediment, igneous rock, basalt flows and basaltic sandstone. The result is lush flavorful water that is exceptionally low in iron and manganese, making it ideal for sake.
The challenge to brew premium Junmai Ginjo sake in a place where there is no sake industry, no support system, is more than spirit and ideas, it's pure passion and commitment. It's an idea that our teachers, our partner brewers in Japan, support with shared knowledge and ideas to advance our effort (Michio Takahashi, Master Toji at Yoshinogawa at left in photo). Each batch of Momokawa begins with a smile and a sense of knowing that Oregon craft sake is something more just waiting to be discovered.