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Understanding Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)

Thursday 16 May 2019



Saké is a versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine does. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity in recent years.

At the event, a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will showcase 6 of the sakés from VSF Shop's portfolio to demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese drink.

What you can expect:

  1. Six different styles of saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Ginjo, Nama, Futsushu, Honjozo, Umeshu)
  2. A tasting plate to highlight specific characteristics in each saké

What you will learn:

  1. How saké is made and how production methods differ
  2. The meaning behind saké quality grades and styles
  3. The customs and traditions associated with drinking saké
  4. How food pairings can complement or change your perception of a saké’s flavour
  5. The proper way to taste saké and how to choose bottles that best suit your taste

Level: Beginner-Intermediate (no prior knowledge is required) Style: Guided Saké Tasting Food Served: Guided Tasting Plate Good for: Saké Enthusiasts, Saké Curious, Food Pairing Education

VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London with an East-Asian touch. Accredited by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as an Approved Programme Provider, the school has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.

Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop ( sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).

On the day of the event, you'll be able to sample various styles of Japanese saké as well as an assortment of Japanese food to pair with the tipples. You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké on-site at discounted prices. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!


At the door: £45 / person

Early bird tickets (limited quantities): £30 / person

The event "Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)" lasts around 1.5 hours.

For enquiries, please email us at

Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.

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Event details

Thursday 16 May 2019
18:30 to 20:00
Tutored tasting
Booking required
Venue details
VSF Wine Education, City Business Centre, SE16 London