John Gauntner, the famed Saké expert and "Saké Dendoushi" ("Saké Evangelist"), is holding his 8th Annual Saké Professional Course in Japan from January 24-28, 2011.
The course runs for five days and finishes with an optional exam, which if you pass will garner you a Certified Saké Professional certification. The course costs approximately $1700, which includes the five days of instruction, materials, all Saké for tasting, brewery visits, dinners and one shot at the exam. There are only 22 spots available for the course and many have already been reserved. At fast if you want one of the remaining spots.
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..."
For reservations or inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended the last course in San Francisco and you can read my review here. In short, it was a superb class, taught by an excellent instructor and well worth attending if you love Saké. I cannot recommend this class enough.