The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania


Sake: Beyond the Basics

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Suggested $15 donation for non-members and $10 for members

Registration is closed

Dive into the world of sake with this lecture and go beyond the basic distinction of junmai and honjozo. Deb Mortillaro, certified sake sommelier, will guide us through how five elements - the rice, the region, the water, the yeast, and the brewer - combine to create unique flavors, even within the same grade of sake. We will learn how those elements are reflected in the labels so you can become a more confident sake connoisseur. This class is a practical tasting, covering Ishioka, Mighty Peak Tokubetsu Junmai;Housui, Fragrant Water Tokubetsu Junmai; Echigo Ikarashi-Gawa, Blue River Ginjo; and Hakuyou, White Sun Junmai Ginjo. For Pittsburgh-area participants, order & pick up your sake directly from Dreadnought Wines at 412-391-1709 ($64 for four 300ml bottles, optional).

A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants before the event.

Deb Mortillaro is a former private chef in Pittsburgh, and one of the partners behind Dreadnought Wines, Palate Partners, and Soiree Partners. As a wine educator and distributor, she showcases her expertise through hands-on teaching and business practice.

This series is supported by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia University of Pittsburgh Coordinating site.

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