WSET Level 1 Award in Sake | ONLINE COURSE | Secaucus, NJ | March 20, 2023


Join us for this sake course that explores a variety of sake types and characteristics. The WSET Level 1 Award in Sake is a focused introduction to sake for students with no experience. You will be able to study different sake serving methods, participate in hands-on sake tastings, and network with other students in the sake industry.


WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

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.

Course Date and Time

March 21, 2023 11:00am – 7:00pm ET / 8:00am – 4:00pm PT(Lecture & Exam)

Please adjust accordingly for your own time zone.

Course Location


via Zoom (link will be provided prior to course)

Along with the online sake lecture and instructions, students will experience 10 sake samples guided by the instructor to illustrate the variety of key sake styles.

If you are nearby Los Angeles, you can pick up your sake samples in person at:
Sake School of America
843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you are outside of the Metropolitan Los Angeles area, the sake 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.


  • Must be age 21 or over to register and take the exam.
  • Photo ID is required for participation in the exam.
  • Registration will close when the course reaches capacity or the enrollment deadline (February 24, 2023) has passed. Please be advised, late registration may incur additional charges for textbook rush order shipment fees.
  • Online students will receive ZOOM information after registration.


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


Online Exam:

March 22, 2023 11:00am PT | 2:00pm ET

Those taking the course online will receive an ONLINE exam the day AFTER the course – you MUST have two devices with cameras to qualify for this option.

Our online exams are referred to “remote invigilation exams” or RI exams. Below are some helpful links regarding our WSET RI Exams.

What to expect before and during an RI Exam

RI Exam Checklist for Students

Common Causes of RI Exam Re-sits


    • 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: Sara Guterbock

CBS, ISS, ASP, CS, CWE, DipWSET, 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

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.


Instructor: Masae Kusada

JSA Sake Diploma, Japan Sommelier Association
Certified WSET L1 and L3 Award in Sake Educator, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
International Kikisake-shi, Sake Service Institute International
Sake Adviser, Sake School of America, Sake Service Institute
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America, Sake Service Institute

Masae was born in Japan but raised in New Jersey. Her hospitality experience started in restaurant accounting, eventually moving into the wine world by managing a wine bar and then spending 6 years at a small wine importing company in NYC. A Jersey girl at heart, she has spent the last few years getting in touch with her Japanese roots through the medium of sake, shochu, and Japanese spirits. Working with Sake School of America and New York Mutual Trading has allowed her to explore the history and traditions of her motherland all while practicing her (very heavily Kansai accented) Japanese language skills.