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Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting at Japan Society

Japan Society’s annual sake tasting event returned for another year with sake expert John Gauntner speaking on regionality of sake on June 8, 2016. It was co-organized by Japan Sake Export Association.


From Hiroshima’s soft, sweet brews to the clean, dry sake of snowy Niigata, regional characteristics often play a role in the flavor profile of sake.  John examined how factors such as raw materials, climate, and regional cuisine can affect the taste of sake from different parts of Japan.

The lecture was followed by a tasting reception with more than 30 kinds of premium sake, including two new brewers.


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