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When Sake Gets Too Polished

Rice needs to be polished to make premium sake. But there's an arms race going on, and American consumers have something to do with it, because unlike so about sake, we can easily understand numbers.
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Credibility*

What do you do if another vintage is as good as "The Perfect Vintage," if you are butting up against the ceiling of your 100-point system, perfection having been achieved, and then nature and winemakers do it again or, heaven forbid, surpass "perfection?" You add an asterisk.