Special Offer!

Take our course at 50% off regular price, for industry professionals in America ONLY.
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Use CODE: industry2020

Course Date and Time

**Please note that this is an ONLINE COURSE with a TWO PART lecture and you must attend both.
Lecture Part 1: July 19, 2020: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Lecture Part 2: July 26, 2020 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Online Exam Date: August 02, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm

Along with the online Shochu lectured and instructions, students will experience of 14 Shochu samples guided by the instructor to illustrate the variety of key Shochu styles.

If you are nearby Los Angeles, you can pick up your Shochu samples in person at:
Miyako Sushi & Washoku School
843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you are outside of the Metropolitan Los Angeles are, The shochu tasting can be shipped to you.

After your registration is completed, be sure to be in contact with Sake School of America administration to arrange your sake sample delivery.

Important Notice

  • Zoom link will be provided once you are registered.
  • Exams fees are included and will be scheduled separately from course instruction. Please see above.
  • International students are welcome! Samples cannot be shipped outside of the US but a list of suggested tastings will be provided. International students will receive a non-printable PDF or may receive a hard copy for an additional shipping fee.
  • Registration deadline is July 09, 5pm Pacific Time. 


Prepare yourself for a career in the restaurant, beverage, or food industry with our Certified Shochu Adviser course. This course provides the fundamental background knowledge on shochu ingredients, history, and production. Students will gain the ability to speak about varieties of shochu. This interactive course features shochu tasting and discussion, so you can develop your knowledge about shochu with first-hand experience.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


Online Exam Date: August 02, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm

1 hour written exam comprises of 100 multiple choice questions covering the textbook and lecture content. Blind tasting exam is not included at the Shochu Adviser level.

Note: The examination requires a minimum mark of 75% to pass.


Main Concepts:

    • The history of shochu in Japan
    • Shochu ingredients and production methods
    • Shochu terminology and reading shochu labels
    • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of shochu
    • Overview of shochu tasting and analysis

Study Support:

  • All students will receive a review guide for course preparation support. We encourage students to contact us in advance of the course if they have questions about their course materials.

Instructor: Toshio Ueno

Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan where his family has grown wine grapes for generations, Toshio Ueno grew up helping the business from a young age. After college studies in America, he joined a pastry and wine company, where he was put in charge, overseeing the personal wine collection of the company’s president. It was at this point when intrigue set in for him to enter the world of wine stewardship and research.

Toshio Ueno is currently Director of Sake at Mutual Trading Company. With his unique knowledge and expertise in both eastern and western liquors, Jizake and Shochu of the east, and wine and beer from the west, he aims to further promote Japanese food and liquor cultures to new, international audiences.

Master Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Master of Sake, Sake Service Institute
2016 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake Brewer’s Association
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

Advanced Certificate, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Sake Sommelier & Shochu Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Beer Adviser, Food & Beverage Organization Japan
Nanbu Toji Guild, Toji Candidate, Accredited Specialist