Iron Chef Morimoto features amazing cuisine at his Disney Springs restaurant, Morimoto Asia, but as a Japanese restaurant, it elevates sake to a place of honor. Morimoto even has his own brand of sake, and its among the diverse offerings in the restaurant and up in the Forbidden Lounge (what’s a Forbidden Lounge? Jump here to find out).
I always knew that sake was a Japanese rice wine, but I never realized that there were so many details to making it and factors that influence its taste. Luckily I was invited to Sake 101, an informational class held by certified sake sommelier Eduardo A. Dingler, that brought me up to speed.
The class featured a tasting of four sake varieties paired with food from the Forbidden Lounge. I learned that sake is just as adept at complementing food as any other type of wine, and I was thrilled to learn that there are some sweeter varieties, since that’s where my palate tends to drift.
Keep an eye out for public offerings of Sake 101 at Morimoto Asia. In the meantime, you can hear from Dingler in the presentation and interview below. You’ll also find a grand opening video that shows how sake played into the opening ritual; remember it when you visit and see the big drum by the door.
Sake 101 Presentation
The Sake 101 presentation was fascinating, not only from an educational perspective but also from the angle of tasting several sake varieties and pairing them up with complementary dishes. Dingler knows his stuff, as you can tell from the video, and he makes it so entertaining that you don’t even realize how much you’ve learned until the end. I’ve been to many wine classes, but this was my first revolving around sake, and it made for a memorable evening.
Click video for Eduardo Dingler interview
After the sake tasting, I had the pleasure of chatting with Eduardo Dingler about his background and how he was inspired to become a sake expert. He also chatted about the four sakes featured in the Sake 101 tasting and how he pairs sake with various dishes.
Sake at the Grand Opening
Although I learned a lot of things about sake at Sake 101, one thing I already knew is how it’s used in celebrations. That’s because I attended the grand opening ceremony for Morimoto Asia, where Chef Morimoto himself partook in the ritual sake, which was also passed out to all those present for a special toast. You’ll see the full ceremony in the video.