Bartenders invited to London trade event exploring sake

Home House

Japanese sake will be explored at an industry event for bartenders at Home House (pictured) in London, featuring a tasting and cocktails.

Taking place on Sunday November 9, it is being run by the members club in association with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

It is the latest in a series of twice-yearly events run by Home House for bartenders, focusing on a different drinks category while showcasing the club and its four bars.

The event will be an informal but educational evening hosted by Mauro Frisulli, bar manager at Home House, with WSET sake expert Natsuki Kikuya, founder of the Museum of Sake.

She will look at seven sakes, discussing how different production methods affect the quality of each. The sakes will be carefully matched to canapés developed by Home House’s newly appointed head chef, Adrian Martin.

The sakes will be Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo, Shichida 75 Junmai, Daishichi Junmai Kimoto Classic, Sakura Masamune Honjozo, Shichida Junmai Ginjo Nama, Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling, and Daruma Masamune 20 Years.

The event, which runs from 7pm to 9pm, is free to bartenders but they need to book in advance by emailing their name to

The evening also includes a tour of Home House, exploring the Bison Bar, The House Bar and The Vestibule Bar as well as the two drawing rooms and underground Vaults nightclub.

After successful pilots this year, the WSET has introduced a WSET Level 3 Award in Sake, which is taught over three days. As well as teaching how to taste, describe and assess the quality of sake, the course covers sake categories, label terms, production, how to read common Chinese characters, business and cultural context, trends, sales and service.

The next dates for the courses in 2015 are Tuesdays January 19 and 26 and February 2 and then again on March 4, 5 and 6. Click here for more details, including enrolment forms.

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