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Sake Seminar of the Future

By Yuji Matsumoto

Conventional sake seminars (for the general public and businesses) were often about the brewing process, ingredients, and the sake categories. Textbooks and professional books have the same approach. With this seminar, however, I skipped all of them and talked about how to recognize the taste characteristics of sake, food pairing, how to choose sake that suit your restaurant, and how to add a twist to the menu. The seminar was geared toward professionals working in the restaurant business and purchasing.

Key points:
1. Understand what is offered and/or is the best-seller at one's own restaurant, then select matching sake

2. How to set prices, including the relationship between the average customer expense and the pricing of alcohol sold

3. Whether or not to offer popular sake brands

4. Types and brands you should focus on

5. How to create the menu; do not categorize the sake by category but by food pairing and taste, to make it easier for customers to choose

6. How to utilize and select sake samplers

7. How to utilize cocktails, and popular cocktails

8. Important items for employee training; know the taste, know how to sell by type of food ordered, do a short sales talk, know the type of rice, Sake Meter Value (SMV), and area the sake comes from

9. Differences between distilled liquor and fermented liquor, which is often not well-understood

10. Product management and its methodology

11. Way of the promotion and build relationship with businesses

This seminar was for those in the sake business, but if I am to do it for the general public I will omit the menu-building and training portions, and instead add how to enjoy sake at home and how to choose sake in the market. I would like to recommend those in the business to revise what is being discussed so it is not too much about brewing methods and categories, and consider focusing more on content useful in helping customers to enjoy shopping for sake.











9. 意外と理解していない蒸留酒と発酵酒の違い




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