Sake night in Canada

Vancouver accountant Yuki Kobayashi is bringing a new twist to traditional rice wine with her brand of sakes, made specially for Canadians.

Yuki Kobayashi is putting a modern spin on a traditional Japanese drink. The 35-year-old Vancouver accountant launched YK3 Sake Producer in 2013 (her business partner and brewer share the initials YK) with a single objective in mind: to make a rice wine that Canadians like. "I have a sense of what consumers here are attracted to — and it's not a strong, smelly drink," she says. Instead, the company's sake has a fruitiness she likens to a white wine. Available in local restaurants since November, YK3's line of sakes, called Yu, are available at BC Liquor Stores, with the Alberta and Ontario markets as Kobayashi's next targets.

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Tamar Satov

Tamar Satov is managing editor of CPA Magazine.

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