J.S.A. REVIEW DAY | ONLINE | Oct. 8, 2021: English


The Japan Sommelier Association (JSA) was formed in 1969 with the objective of furthering a better understanding of wine and other beverages and for their promotion in Japan. The word sommelier is more often associated with wine but in recent years the JSA has focused on Sake and developed the Sake Diploma certification. The Sake Diploma is now one of the most famous and prestigious qualifications in Japan. Sake School of America is the exclusive provider of the JSA Sake Award Diploma Exam offered once a year around International Sake Day, in North America. Please note this exam includes theory and blind tasting of both Sake and Shochu.

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Come join our instructors Sara and Rachel as they guide you through a review and refresh before the JSA Exam. We’ll have quizzes and highlight important topics that will pop up on the JSA Sake Diploma exam. If you have any questions that you weren’t able to ask during the prep course, NOW IS THE TIME. The Review is a short 1.5hrs for one day only! There will be no actual tasting during this review but we will touch on the topic.


ONLINE Via Zoom (Link sent out prior to course start)

Dates and Times

Friday October 8th, 2021 10am-11:30am PT | 1pm – 2:30pm ET (Please adjust for your own timezone)


We recommend you have taken our Prep Course or have studied for the JSA Exam as this review is specifically geared towards those subject matters. We will jump straight into quizzing and reviewing the textbook and topics.

Instructor: Sara Guterbock

Sara spent a year living in Japan as a high school student and grew up in a family that placed great emphasis on learning and experiencing the Japanese language and culture.  Becoming proficient in Sake has brought together Sara’s passion for the beverage industry with her life-long love of Japan, its people, traditions, and cuisine.

Sara devotes a tremendous amount of energy introducing people to the complexities and beauties of Sake and its unmatched ability to pair with food.  She has developed a growing portfolio of 135 sakes, the largest in North Carolina, which she helps to distribute, market, and educate about throughout the state and beyond.

JSA Sake Diploma, Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust Advanced Sake Professional, Sake Education Council
International Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute 
Certified Sake Adviser, Certified Shochu Adviser, Japanese Beverage Specialist & Educator | Key Account Manager New York Mutual Trading Company

Instructor: Rachel Io Fiekowsky

Rachel Io Fiekowsky is a New Jersey native originally coming from a background studying medical sciences. She fell in love with Japan at an early age and was determined to learn Japanese, so she did so while working on the side in restaurants between biology courses. Her curious nature, love of Sake and Shochu, and deep appreciation for Japan’s culture and cuisine earned her a place at New York Mutual Trading as a Japanese Beverage Specialist. She has been with the company since 2012.

Rachel spends each day looking for new ways to share her passion with the world and consults regularly with all sorts – producers, distributors, small businesses and consumers – on the most fun and interesting ways to experience Japan in every glass.

JSA Sake Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association
International Kikisake-shi, Sake Service Institute International
Advanced Sake Professional, Sake Education Council
Sake Adviser, Sake Service Institute
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America