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The Drinking Buddy Show Episode 39: Bringing the best of Japan to the US with Paul Dohrenwend and Reina Watanabe of Safu Sake




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Summary (TLDR)

Dr. Paul Dohrenwend decided to head back to school for his MBA after years as a physician in San Diego. During his time at Wharton, he started piecing together a sake brand based on his experiences skiing and drinking in Hokkaido. I chatted with him about his love for premium sake, how he connected with food and beverage broker Reina Watanabe, and their combined efforts to launch Safu Sake in the midst of the unrelenting pandemic.


15% ABV Fuji Shuzo Style Junmai Daiginjo by Safu Sake
Origin: Usuki City, Oita, Japan
Notes:  Aromas of melon, pear and hints of rose, bright and clean finish, silky mouthfeel

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