Course Date and Time

May 20, 2019: 10:00am – 3:30pm (Lecture & Exam)

Course Location

Las Vegas Mutual Trading – 6580 Lindell Rd #100, Las Vegas NV 89118

Important Notice

  • Photo ID is required to for participation in the exam.


This course is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to sake. The WSET Level 1 Award in Sake qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main styles and categories of sake. Students will leave the course with hands-on sake knowledge gained from in class sake tastings.

In preparation for your upcoming course, please review the online specification provided.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification; however, candidates are requested to review course materials prior to the course date. Topics covered in class are


The exam is closed-book and comprised of 30 multiple choice questions. Candidates that pass will receive a certificate and lapel from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.


Main Concepts:

    • Exercise 1: What is Sake?
    • Exercise 2: Overview of Sake Production
    • Exercise 3: Categories and Grades of Sake
    • Exercise 4: Introduction to Tasting
    • Exercise 5: Making Different Styles of Sake
    • Exercise 6: Reading Japanese Kanji
    • Exercise 7: Specialty Styles of Sake
    • Exercise 8: Storage and Service of Sake
    • Exercise 9: Sake and Food

Instructor: Aya Nomoto

Aya Nomoto is the Business Development Manager at Breakthru Beverage Nevada. She oversees a portfolio of more than 500 Japanese sake, shochu, whiskies, and craft beer. With over 20 years of experience in Restaurant and Hospitality, including 9 years of sales and marketing in the Beverage Industry, Aya Nomoto is a highly driven manager and sales guide with an exceptional reputation for customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Aya Nomoto is an accomplished and dedicated Advanced Sake Professional with the Sake Education Council, Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators, and Certified Beer Server for the Cicerone Program. She recently earned her Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommelier in 2016, and is currently working towards her Master Sommelier Diploma. Having experience in hospitality and a Master’s degrees in Music Composition and Theory, Aya is a creative and outside of the box thinker.

Instructor: Aya Nomoto
International Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Advanced Sake Professional, Sake Education Council
Certified Specialist of Wine, The Society of Wine Educators
Advanced Sommelier, The Court of Master Sommelier
Semi-finalist of World Sake Sommelier (Kikizake-shi) Competition 2014
Finalist of World Sake Sommelier (Kikizake-shi) Competition 2019