Course Date and Time

October 21, 2019: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Lecture)
October 22, 2019: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Lecture)
October 23, 2019: 9:00pm – 1:00pm (Exam)

Course Location

TBD – Location Pending

Important Notice

  • We reserve the right to cancel the class two weeks prior to the date of the course if there are an inadequate number of registrants. In the case of a cancellation your course fee will be reimbursed (minus the cost of course materials) or you may choose to register for a course at a future date.


Successful candidates will be able to list the principal categories of sake, and state their defining characteristics, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of sake. They will consequently be in a position to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of sake.

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


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting; however, this is not a barrier to successfully completing Unit 1.


The exam comprises two parts and lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes overall. Students must pass both parts of the examination paper in order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Sake. Candidates are tested over:

  • Theory Exam: a 1 hour and 45 min closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 questions requiring short written responses
  • Tasting Exam: a 30 min blind tasting of two sake

Note: Both parts of the examination require a minimum mark of 55% to pass.


Main Concepts:

    • The main techniques that are used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality
    • The principal and specialty categories of sake
    • The sake industry and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets
    • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of sake
    • Overview and hands-on tasting of a select range of sake

Study Support:

  • Students will be given access to the online WSET Level 3 Award in Sake pre-study materials. WSET will contact students by email with online study portal login information.
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake online specification
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake

Instructor: Sachiko Miyagi

Born in the U.S. and raised in Japan, Sachiko is a bi-cultural and bilingual Sake and Shochu instructor at Sake School of America. Her passion in the beverage industry lead to her previous position as director of marketing at Cedar River Brewing Company, a craft sake brewery in Seattle. Since then she has spoken at educational opportunities nationwide such as an online seminar at Master Brewers Association of the Americas, at the Japanese Consulate in Seattle for JSS (Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association), workshops at Japan House LA, JACCC (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center), Japan Fair in Seattle, and pairing dinner for San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival, and many more. She loves breaking down the barriers in understanding Sake and Shochu – highly complex beverages with deep traditions in the Japanese culture.

J.S.A Sake Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association
International Kikisake-shi, Sake Service Institute International
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Advanced Sake Professional, Sake Education Council
Sake Adviser, Sake Service Institute
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America