Introduction to Sake workshop
A thorough introduction to the world of sake in two to three hours, complete with two rounds of tasting to help you find your new favourite! Held on alternate months in central Zurich.
Next workshop: Wed 21 September
Future dates: 16 November 2022
(usually held every second month)
Informal evenings to enjoy a particular aspect of sake, such as temperature, food pairing, or sake from one brewery. Held on alternate months in central Zurich.
Next Sake Socials:
24 August 2022 – TBC (may be postponed depending on temperature)
19 October 2022: Starter methods (bodaimoto/mizumoto, kimoto, yamahai, sokujo)
Sake and chocolate pairings
Developed with Andrea Thurner of the small batch project, we have two sets of amazing chocolate and sake pairings to let you explore the great variety they both have to offer, alone and together!
Sake and tea pairings
Developed with Nico Colic of hedonisms, this workshop features four very different sake paired with Taiwanese, Chinese and Indian teas. A relaxed event that allows you to fully explore the world of flavors present in fine black teas, and how they interact with sake – it’s fascinating!
Private Introduction to Sake workshop
Hold the Introduction to Sake workshop for your friends, or a custom tasting.
Need a present for someone curious about sake? Give the gift of the Introduction to Sake workshop!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Introduction to Sake workshop?
Introduction to Sake is a comprehensive three-hour workshop that introduces you to the basic spectrum of flavour that sake has to offer, everything from delicate and floral to rich and savoury. It introduces the Japanese sake classifications, including tastings to experience the full range and discover which part of the spectrum you prefer. It also presents a selection of different styles, covers the essentials of selecting, storing, pairing and serving, and you go away with a booklet with a summary of information, your own tasting notes and a list of where to buy sake! The workshop currently runs around every two months in Zurich, Switzerland. Check the Introduction to Sake page for dates and more details.
What makes Introduction to Sake different?
I do not sell sake and am not affiliated with any brewery or retailer, which means I’m not restricted in the range of sake I present at tastings. (Although I try to serve sake available in Europe so people who come to the workshops and tastings can buy it later!)
The aim of my events is to help you to discover and enjoy sake, so I choose the sake best suited to giving an overview of the range of flavour in sake or exploring a particular class, style or tasting question.
I have a different question!
What are the Sake Socials?
Sake Socials are more focused and explore a particular style, class or other facet of sake such as temperature or food pairing. They’re completely accessible to beginners, or anyone who wants to taste more sake and explore a particular feature.
Sake Socials are currently held around once every two months in Zurich, Switzerland. Check the website for dates and more details.
Can I buy sake at the event?
Some events (such as sake & chocolate pairing) will have some sake for sale.
Whether it’s available on the night or not, you’ll always get all the details for the sake you tasted, plus a list of where to drink sake in Zurich and where to buy sake locally and online.
I want to know more about sake!
If you want to find out even more about the wonderful world of sake, please visit Discover Sake’s sister site, Taste Translation, which has several hundred translated news articles about sake and related topics from the Japanese press translated into English.