At Umami, taste is everything. Even the very word Umami is difficult to translate into a single word, and rather embodies a whole concept of “tastiness”. Hence, our approach to stocking the winecellar at Umami is very liberatingly un-dogmatic. We simply choose wines that we love and that taste great with the food we’re making. No preconceived thoughts on which wines make the cut and which don’t.
However, a thread appears once you take a step back. The Japanese kitchen rests on the foundation of harmony and balance. So do the wines we seek. There are no wines here devoid of elegance and acidity, although some might be rich and opulent at the same time. So when You on the following pages find wines from places that might be familiar, like Bourgogne or Mosel, alongside more exotic places like Valdeorras or Heathcote, rest assured in the fast that they will all have harmony, and Umami.
At Restaurant Umami the national beverage of Japan, the "saké" (or Nihonshu as it is called originally) plays a major role, not only because it goes well with the many flavors of the exciting dishes from our Japanese/French fusion kitchen as well as the traditional Sushi and Sashimi. But also because it is an exciting beverage- with a great classification system and many ways to produce it that gives it a broad span of taste and style. This makes it very versatile and can be enjoyed throughout the dinner or by itself as it only holds 16% alcohol. Or you can have it as a companion with our large selection of wines, Japanese beers and green tea.
In Japan there are more than 1600 different producers and every producer has a large range of saké types. We have been so privileged to get this unique collection of the top producers here in Denmark and can with great pride display one of the very best saké lists in Europe!
One of the most important terms in sake production is the "seimaibuai" -which is the polishing degree of the rice, a simple rule is the more you remove/polish the better the quality and the higher the grade of saké.
To guide your path, some of the categories and different terms used in the saké world are explained on each section following pages.
All our sake is "Premium" or "Super Premium" saké and we recommend that it be enjoyed at the same temperature as a normal white wine.