Kicking Off Japanese Craft Spirits Month 

Surprisingly, Shochu is virtually unrecognized by the average American consumer. Mention of Shochu leaves people fumbling – or worse, misidentifying it with Korean Soju. Pick up a bottle of Shochu and you will see SOJU sometimes written on the label if it contains less than 24% alcohol. There is a lengthy explanation why but for now, let’s focus on one unique way Shochu is being recognized.

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I have always been curious about Sake and as a Wine educator wanted to know more about its process and style. To understand a product, you need to know its history, processes and styles, and this course covers all in a fun and entertaining program.

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