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Saké time: enrol onto London’s new tutored rice wine tasting course

Posted at 5:30 pm, March 25, 2015 in Food & Drink

Kampai! We raise our glasses to the trend for more decent saké bars in London, the most upmarket of them being Engawa in Soho; restaurant Shackfuyu also has a hipster-friendly version in its basement.

Yet until recently, Londoners interested in learning more about the Japanese so-called ‘rice wine’ were out of luck. Not any more though, as the Wine and Spirit Education Trust has launched a properly instructed course and qualification in this previously tricky subject. Tutored tasting is part of the coursework, which takes three full days plus lots of homework, and costs £445. It’s the first internationally recognised qualification of its type. Take the course and you’ll soon have double-parallel-fermentation tripping off your tongue, together with the ability to distinguish a jummai-daiginjo from a honjozo.

Prefer the grape-based stuff? Take a look at London’s best wine bars.

By Guy Dimond

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