Levels 1 & 3
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Overview of Levels 1 and 3

Grape Experience offers the two WSET Levels of Sake courses:  Level 1 and Level 3.  There is no Level 2.  Level 1 is a fun one-day introduction to sake, while Level 3 offers a more in depth study of this beverage.  All courses are taught by sake experts and led by the renowned WSET Certified Sake Educator, Marina Giordano.


A beginner level sake class for people working in a career in the beverage industry or anyone who has an interest to learn about sake. This qualification offers an exploration around the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste to understand the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion of a short exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

For the complete specification for this course click here

Level 1 details and upcoming classes

What You’ll Learn

  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • How to serve sake
  • Factors affecting the flavor of sake
  • How to taste describe sake using WSET’s Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake®

San Francisco Bay Area

Sake Level 1 San Francisco

September 10, 2022, 10AM-4:00PM
Pabu Restaurant
101 California St.
San Francisco
Register by September 3, 2022

Exam online on January 30 at noon or in person one a date to be arranged with Grape Experience

Cost is $425.00



A course for both professionals and sake enthusiasts. Designed for anyone seeking a more in-depth experience, this sake course provides a detailed understanding of the production methods affecting style, quality and price. You will be able to assess sakes accurately and use this information to make authoritative recommendations.

The 2 hour and 15 minute examination has two parts:

  • Blind tasting of two sakes
  • Written theory examination

Both parts require a pass grade to achieve the Level 3 Award in sake. You get a complete study pack with an exclusive textbook and study workbook, as well as access to an online study program prior to the in-person class meeting. Upon successful completion of the exam you receive a WSET certificate, lapel pin, and may use the associated WSET certified logo.

For the complete specification for this course click here



Level 3 details and upcoming classes

What You’ll Learn

  • The main techniques used in sake production and how they influence style and quality
  • The principal and specialty categories of sake
  • The sake industry and commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets
  • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of sake
  • How to taste sake, and evaluate quality, identity and price, using WSET’s Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake®

San Francisco Bay Area

SAKE LEVEL 3 San Francisco - Zoom & In Person

October 15, 16, 22 & 23  10am-1pm via Zoom
In person Tasting and Review November 5 from 10am-12pm
Exam November 5 from 12:30-3PM
Pabu Izakaya, San Francisco

Register by October 10, 2022

Cost is $999.00


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