Sake’s Hidden Stories – One of John Gauntner’s Books

Sake’s Hidden Stories a revew of One of John Gauntner’s Books

I just finished reading John Gauntner’s book: Sake’s Hidden Stories and it was a joy. I really enjoyed “getting to know” some of the brewers from across Japan. John takes us  to meet key people of 13 kura, from the Akita and Iwate regions in the north to Yamaguchi in the southwest. These kura include:

  • Daishinshu of Nagano Prefecture
  • Dassai of Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Nanbu Bijin of Iwate Prefecture
  • Tairin of Gifu Prefecture
  • Kikuyoi of Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Rihaku of Shimane Prefecture
  • Tsuyu Masamune of Osaka Prefecture
  • Daishichi of Fukushima Prefecture
  • Taketsuru of Hiroshima Prefecture
  • Yuri Masamune / Yuki no Bosha of Akita Prefecture
  • Tama no Hikari of Kyoto
  • Shichihonyari of Shiga Prefecture
  • Rikyubai / Mukune of Osaka Prefecture Continue reading “Sake’s Hidden Stories – One of John Gauntner’s Books”

John Gauntner’s Sake Professional Course

Describes John Gauntner’s Sake Professional Course and how I liked it.

This past week I attended John Gauntner’s Sake Professional Course (SPC). I had a very good time both in class and with the other participants at the Izakaya’s outside of class. The class is three days of non-stop sake information loaded with special little stories that only someone who has spent a long time in the industry and with the many kura could have accumulated. I expected the course to be focused on, well training Sake Sommelier, over my own interest in Sake Brewing. I was not disappointed in this expectation but the course was more than just for the Sommelier.

The 46 attendees were from four major categories: the restaurant business, distributors and distribution channel, individuals with a special interest in sake and sake brewers like me. The interactions between these interests were mostly complementary and enhanced the overall experience and learning. Continue reading “John Gauntner’s Sake Professional Course”