Full Course Details

Course Prerequisites

This course starts at the beginning and there are no prerequisites.

Course Date & Time

  • Conducted in English by Ms. Ami Nakanishi & Ms. Sara Guterbock
  • October 19, 2018
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Exam)

Course Overview

  • Conducted in English
  • 8 Hours
  • History of Sake
  • Sake Ingredients
  • Sake Production
  • Reading Sake Labels
  • Serving Sake
  • Sake Tasting and Analysis


  • Exam Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 1 Hour
  • 100 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Passing Score: 75

Sake Tastings

Throughout the day during this course, we will taste a total of 15 sakes to illustrate the different styles and nuances of sake. Below is an overview of the sakes featured in this Sake Adviser course:

Tasting Session 1 (Kikusui Junmai Ginjo, Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo)
Tasting Session 2 (Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Ginjo, Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjo, Nanbu Bijin Daiginjo)
Tasting Session 3 (Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai, Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai, Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai)
Tasting Session 4 (Hakkaisan Honjozo, Kikumasa Taru, Tengumai Junmai Yamahai)
Tasting Session 5 (Born Muroka Nama Genshu, Kikusui Funaguchi)
Tasting Session 6 (Dassai Sparkling Nigori, SCB Crème de Nigori)

***Sake subject to change depending on availability

Course Location Information

Johnson & Wales University

Academic Center
Room 427
801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Parking Instruction:

Cedar Street Parking Deck
116 South Cedar Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

**Make sure to bring parking ticket with you for validation**

Office Address: 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone Number: 213-830-9557


Ami Nakanishi



  • Vice President at New York Mutual Trading Co. Inc.
  • Master Sake Sommelier, SSI
  • Sake Sommelier & Shochu Sommelier, SSI









Sara E. GuterbockSara Guterbock

  • Fine Wine & Sales Education Director
  • International Sake Sommelier
  • Certified Sake Educator, WSET
  • Japanese Portfolio Manager at Mutual Distributing Company, North Carolina