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WSET Level 3 Award in Saké

designed to give a thorough understanding of saké

WSET Level 3 SakeWSET Level 3 Award in Saké

Saké is a fascinating and diverse beverage category that is as interesting and complex to study as any wine or spirit, and will enhance one’s knowledge of the world of alcoholic beverages available to consumers. Course includes Japanese food pairing with saké – provided by Morimoto Napa. We are the ONLY school providing this added element to the course. About the course: Students will learn about the various production methods and their impacts on style, quality and price. Students will also taste a wide range of saké styles to reinforce their learning, build their tasting skills and ability to assess saké. This course combines classroom and online study. What level of knowledge will I need to start this course? There is no prior learning in the subject required to enter the program, however, students will be required to complete a monitored online study program, which will begin two weeks before attending the classroom-based element of the course. All the study materials for this course are available online.


Areas CoveredSession

Areas Covered


Saké Tasting Technique and Production5

Moromi Options and Pressing Options


Rice Options6

Finishing Options and Storage

3Water Options and Koji Options7

Speciality Saké Categories and Global Saké Industry

4Yeast Options and Shubo Options8

Sake Outside Japan & Saké and Japanese Food Pairing

EXAM format: The WSET Level 3 in Saké examination is in two parts: first, a blind tasting of two (2) sakés and second, a written theory examination. Both parts require a pass grade in order to be awarded the Level 3 Award in Saké. The examination duration is 2 hours and 15 minutes. The Level 3 Saké course includes a complete study pack with an exclusive textbook and study workbook. Cost: $995 Includes: online study materials, samples, saké and food pairing, tuition and examination.

About the instructor: Toshio Ueno 酒匠 Master of Saké, SSI 日本酒学講師 Certified Saké Educator, SSI WSET Certified Saké Educator, Certified Master Saké & Shochu Sommelier, Jizake Educator. Born in Japan where his family has cultivated the Japanese wine grape Koshu for generations, Toshio grew up helping the business from a young age. Following his college education in the U.S. and employment at an international trading company in Tokyo, Toshio joined Chateraise, a pastry and wine company as Director of Sales. There, he was put in charge of overseeing the personal wine collection of the company’s president, which intrigued him to enter the world of wine stewardship and research. Toshio joined Mutual Trading Company in 2002, where he currently holds the position of Manager.

Offered in Napa

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NVWA for FB white glass“I am really glad that I took the course.  I learned so much and increased my confidence when speaking about wine as well.  It cemented my desire to remain in the wine industry and to continue to learn.  I thought the presentation was great and the knowledge you and the other instructors brought was impressive and inspiring.  I also enjoyed St. Supery as a venue.”

—Brian E. - Sonoma, California WSET Level 3 Graduate

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