Beginner's guide to sake

An ideal introductory tasting for anyone wishing to start learning about sake, a fascinating and diverse beverage made from fermented rice. Hosted by sake specialist and educator Honami Matsumoto.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Tastings finish between 8.00 and 8.30pm.

39-45 Bermondsey Street, London. SE1 3XF

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Beginner sake tasting

There’s no better time than now to start learning about sake. Steeped in over a thousand years of history, this culturally rich and highly diverse beverage is now soaring in popularity across the globe.

Premium examples have earned their place on many of the world’s top restaurant drinks lists and influential bartenders are extolling the virtues of sake as a versatile and elegant cocktail ingredient.

But what exactly is sake? Not a spirit, not a wine, not a beer, sake is a beverage category all to itself. This beginner-level tasting, hosted by Honami Matsumoto, will introduce you to this fascinating drink.

About Honami Matsumoto

Honami has been working with sake and wine for nearly 15 years and is a Kikisakeshi-qualified sake sommelier, WSET Certified Sake Educator and an International Wine Challenge (IWC) Panel Judge in the sake category.

Having trained at Leith’s School of Food & Wine and Le Cordon Bleu, Honami worked as a sommelier for seven years before becoming a sake, wine and spirit specialist in fine wine retail. She is the official sake selection and sake events consultant at luxury wine and spirits merchant Hedonism Wines and is also UK representative for Keigetsu by Tosa Brewery.

Honami founded her own company, House of Sake, to provide carefully selected accessories, events, promotion and sake education to the UK and beyond.

Sample sake list

  • Gekkeikan Futsushu

  • Keigetsu Junmai Daiginjo

  • Keigetsu Sparkling John

  • Keigetsu Yuzu

  • Koshu Genroku no Sake

Booking Terms and Conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received, we cannot take provisional bookings.

Transfer requests will be accepted up to two weeks before each event.

Cancellation charges:

  • Up to 2 weeks before the tasting you will receive a refund less 10%.
  • Within 2 weeks of the tasting fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Contact us

Book online or call student services on 020 7089 3841 for bookings or any booking related enquiries.

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