Sunday, April 11, 2010

5th Stateside Saké Professional Course

John Gauntner, the famed Saké expert and "Saké Dendoushi" ("Saké Evangelist"), is holding his 5th Stateside Saké Professional Course in San Francisco from June 20-22, 2010.

The course runs for three days and finishes with an optional exam, which if you pass will garner you a Level I Sake Specialist certification. The course costs $775, which includes the three days of instruction, materials, all Saké for tasting, and one shot at the exam. There are only 60 spots available for the course.

Gauntner states "The course is geared toward industry professionals wishing to expand their horizons in a thorough manner into the world of sake, and will therefore necessarily be fairly technical in nature, and admittedly somewhat intense. But the course is open to anyone with an interest in sake, and it will certainly be fun! The course lectures and tastings will begin with the utter basics and will thoroughly progress through and cover everything related to sake. There will be an emphasis on empirical experience, with plenty of exposure to a wide range of sake in the tasting sessions throughout the three days. Upwards of 90 sake will be tasted across the three days."

For reservations or inquiries, please send an email to

I will be attending this course, looking forward to learning even more about Saké as well as getting to meet Mr. Gauntner. Plus it will be great to meet more Saké lovers. Will you be there too?

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