Course Date

August 8 – 10, 2019

Course Location

The Texas Wine School – 2301 Portsmouth St, Houston, TX 77098

Important Notice

  • Register directly for this course at The Texas Wine School homepage.
  • Photo ID is required to for participation in the exam.
  • In the event 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.
  • Students will automatically be registered for the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake pre-study online portal.


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: 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 Manager of Business Development in marketing Japanese foods and liquor to the mainstream American market. 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 of Sake, SSI
Master Sake Sommelier, SSI
Certified Sake Education, Wine & Spirits Education Trust
Advanced Sake Professional, SEC
Advanced Certificate, Wine & Spirits Education Trust
Sake Sommelier & Shochu Adviser, SSI
Beer Adviser, FBO CO., Japan
Vice President, Sake School of America