Part of the Australian hospitality scene?
Looking to become an expert in sake?

The Oak Barrel will be playing host to Sandra Gwee from Kodawari Sake Education as she presents her SSA-Certified Sake Sommelier Course. Designed specifically for individuals in the Japanese hospitality and sake industries, this course is a fantastic opportunity to elevate your career and become one of Australia’s leading sake experts.

Over three days, you’ll explore a wide variety of topics, including sake production and styles, food pairings and serving styles, history, culture, and modern changes and challenges. Interspersed between the content, exercises, and yes – an exam, there’ll be 15 sake on the lineup as well as a cheese & chocolate pairing and a Japanese lunch outing. While a summary of the course is provided below, a more comprehensive outline is available at Sandra’s website:

At the end of all of it, you’ll receive a certificate and pin, and be able to call yourself a certified Sake Sommelier! Aside from the training and industry reputation this brings, it also means you’ll eligible to attend the London Sake Challenge and other Regional Sake Challenges as tasting judges as well as enter the coveted Sake Sommelier of the Year competition.

WHAT: SSA Sake Sommelier Course
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000
WHEN: MAY 2024

TYPE: In-person only
ASSESSMENT: 40-point MCQ (70% pass mark required)

Day 1
Sake industry problems
Sake production part 1
Sake history & culture
Grade styles of Sake tasting
Case Study Restaurant experience

Day 2
Sake Production part 2
Unlock the sensory system
Sake Tasting part 2
Discover Sake & food harmony

The Sake Sommelier Association is the first and only UK-based organisation that is solely committed to sake education and promotion around the world. Established in 2000, the SSA has been the world’s leading sake education provider with innovative courses expertly tailored to suit students from all backgrounds and cultures. Sandra Gwee – ‘The Queen of Sake’ in Perth – has been a SSA Certified Sake Educator & Scholar since 2019 and a core part of the WA sake scene in years prior and following. Through her sake education & consultancy company Kodawari Sake and her specialty liquor store Sake World, she aims to bring sake and Japanese hospitality to the forefront of Australia’s retail, dining, and entertianment scene.

If there’s anyone from which to be learning about sake in 2023 it’s Sandra Gwee, so it’s an honour to have her hosting this course. It’s not every day that’s she’s in town, so get in early and don’t miss this opportunity!