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Jaded, sated, OD’d from too many wine tastings? You might want to think about slaking your thirst by visiting the Takara Sake Tasting Room in Berkeley which offers you drams of their warm and chilled sakes and sells unique variants such as the aquavit-like Shochu, and sparkling Chu-hi in white peach and grapefruit flavors. There is an adjacent Sake Museum where you can learn the history of this essential Japanese beverage. Bottles for purchase range from a few to dollars to over $100. Open daily. Afterwards you might want to walk the few blocks to the remarkable Iyasare restaurant for a splendid meal and a sake martini.

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