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Understanding Japanese Sake

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Sake Myths Debunked!

Saké has become a trendy drink as high-end hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide add this food-friendly tipple to their menus. It is as versatile and complex as wine, and there are tens of thousands of sakés produced in Japan. If you’ve tried one and didn’t like it, then the chances are you might find another one that you do like!

A few "sake myths"...

Myth 1: Sake is highly alcoholic? Wrong! Most Japanese sakés have an alcohol level of around 14-18% only, a level comparable to grape wine.

Myth 2: Sake is always drunk hot? Not really! Different sakés are served at different temperatures (from 0°C all the way up to 55°C+) depending on the characteristics and flavour profiles of the saké.

Myth 3: Sake only goes with Japanese food? Not necessarily! Saké can complement food (Japanese or not) just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own.

And if you are sensitive to sulphites and other additives, rest assured that only rice, koji, yeast and water are used in the production of most sakés. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity.

In the workshop "Understanding Japanese Saké", a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese tipple in an informal and humorous manner.


What you can expect:

  • 6 x different styles of saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Ginjo, Nama, Futsushu, Honjozo, Umeshu)
  • 1 x tasting plate to highlight specific characteristics in each saké


What you will learn:

  • How saké is made
  • The meaning behind saké quality grades and styles
  • The customs and traditions associated with drinking saké
  • How food pairings can complement or change your perception of a saké’s flavour
  • The proper way to taste saké and how to choose bottles that best suit your taste


Level: Beginner (no prior knowledge is required)
Style: Guided Saké Tasting
Food Served: Guided Tasting Plate
Good for: Saké Curious, Foodies

You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké at discounted prices (10% off) during the event. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or an absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!

Tickets:

Walk-in price: £45 / person
Early bird: £30 / person

Event Time: 19:00-20:30
The event lasts at least 1.5 hours with plenty of time for questions and answers!
The venue will be ready at 18:45. Please arrive between 18:45 and 19:00 for a sharp start at 19:00.

To ensure quality, we limit the number of participants to max. 10 persons per session. For queries, please email us at info@vsf.wine. Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.

Review:

//That’s saké, the mysterious Japanese elixir. Take the mystery out of the equation with a truly enlightening evening at VSF Wine Education [...] You’ll learn the four ingredients that make up traditional sake, how to distinguish premium sake from just-plain-good sake, and which ones to serve warm and to serve cold. Unlike your usual wine-tasting, you’ll leave smarter than when you arrived [... The] sake sommelier will walk you through all the variations of her passion project with enthusiasm and humour.// - April 2019 Hype Reviews


About VSF Wine Education

VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London with an East-Asian touch. Accredited by both the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Sake Sommelier Association (SSA), VSF has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.

Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop (https://www.vsf.wine/vsf-shop) sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).


Please spread the word and ask your friends and colleagues to tag along!





Other VSF Events:

SSA Introductory Sake Professional (English: 21 Sept 2019 (Sat); French: 22 Sept 2019 (Sun))
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/ssa-introductory-sake-professional

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (Multiple dates. Next course: 23/11/2019 (Sat))
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/wset-level-1-award-in-wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits (Multiple dates. Next course: November 2019: 2/11 + 9/11 + 16/11 (Sat) + Revision & Exam on 17/11 (Sun))
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/wset-level-2-award-in-wines-spirits

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (Multiple dates. Next course: 12/10 + 19/10 + 26/10 + 2/11 + 9/11 (+ 17/11 (Sun) Revision & Exam))
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/wset-level-3-award-in-wines

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake (Next 2 courses: 29 September 2019 / 15 December 2019)
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/wset-level-1-award-in-sake

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake (Next course: 18 + 19 + 25 +26 January 2020)
https://www.vsf.wine/product-page/wset-level-3-award-in-sake

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SE16 2XB

United Kingdom

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