The Somm: Yukiko Kawasaki
The Restaurant: Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
The Wine: Frozen Beauty Sake, $2,400 a bottle
The Color: Searching for the world's best kept secrets is tough; searching for the world's most lavish sake is even tougher. Sake maker Nanbu Bijin's best kept secret, hidden in the wine cellar behind the Maboroshi and Momokawa at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge holds the key to sake lovers' (and big spenders') hearts. Aged for 10 years in a customized cooler, Frozen Beauty Sake offers the most demanding of palates a chance to taste perfection while enjoying their meals at the Japanese restaurant in the Bellagio.
Milled from the Yamada Nishiki grain, known as the king of sake rice, the cherished bottle holds a $2,400 price tag on Yellowtail's sake menu. Sake connoisseurs will immediately notice the pure color and fresh taste hidden inside each bottle of Frozen Beauty — a taste that other sakes strive to achieve.
Yellowtail's wine sommelier Yukiko Kawasaki is solely responsible for the success of the Frozen Beauty and bringing the complex sake to Las Vegas. Yellowtail chef Akira Back suggests pairing the Frozen Beauty with his seafood dishes, such as: the Tai snapper with extra virgin olive oil, shiso and tosazu to bring out the elegant cleanness of the Frozen Beauty; the Kumamoto oysters topped with lemon and Japanese cocktail sauce to highlight the sake's soft, fruity aroma; and finally, the Toro caviar paired with Kochujang and micro greens to round out the smooth dryness of Frozen Beauty.
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