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Sake Education - John Gauntner's Sake Education Course In NYC

Sake Professional Course

New York City, Summer 2011 Recognized by the Sake Education Council

From Sunday, July 31 to Tuesday, August 2, 2011, I will hold the eighth stateside version of the Sake Professional Course at Astor Center in New York City.

The content of this intensive sake course will be identical to that of the Sake Professional Course held each January in Japan, with the exception of visiting sake breweries. The course is recognized by the Sake Education Council, and those that complete it will be qualified to take the exam for Certified Sake Specialist, which will be offered on the evening of the last day of the course.

The course is geared toward industry professionals wishing to expand their horizons in a thorough manner into the world of sake, and will therefore be somewhat technical in nature, and admittedly somewhat intense. It is likely more than the average consumer needs! But the course is open to anyone with an interest and sake and will certainly be enjoyable. The course lectures and tasting 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. Each of the three days will provide the environment for a focused, intense and concerted training period.

The cost for the three-day class, including all materials and sake for tasting, is US$775. Participation is limited and reservations can be made now to secure a seat, with payment due by July 1, 2011. For a view of the daily syllabus, please see:

Testimonials from past participants can be found there as well. For reservations or inquiries, please send an email to info @

(Thank you John for all of the hard work that you put forth educating the market on all things sake.)
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