The popularity of sake is steadily growing in the heartland and part
of that popularity is placed directly in the lap of television. It's believed
that an interest in all things Japanese was fostered by the 1980's television
drama "Shogun." Also, California's interest in healthy, international
cuisine has aided in the popularity of sake.
Gekkeikan Sake has annual sales of $4 million and they produce 160,000
cases of sake a year.
California's climate is just right for making sake because of cool, wet
winters and warm, dry summers. There is a plentiful supply of water. And
credit "claypan" soils with providing rice farmers the perfect
land on which to grow their rice varieties.
If you would like a taste of this traditional Japanese wine you can contact
their Folsom facility by calling their tasting room. Their phone number
is (916) 985-3111. You will be pleasantly surprised at the many varieties
of sake Gekkeikan is brewing to entice the tastes of heartland residents.