The Sake Handbook by John Gauntner

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Published Date

John Gauntner

November 15, 2002

Size 20cm x 13 x 2cm 



black & white 
Number of Pages



The Sake Handbook is the foremost guide to the history, brewing, and distinctive flavors of sake. 

Just what are jizake, namazake and ginjoshuThe Sake Handbook answers all these questions and much more about sake wine and will help you enjoy Japan's national beverage in style.

This sake book features:

  • This new edition has been completely revised and updated
  • Gives you all the information you need in a handy, portable format
  • Offers a detailed explanation of the sake brewing process
  • Reviews over a hundred sake brands, with illustrations of their labels for easy identification
  • Profiles over 50 Japanese izakaya or pub-style restaurants in Tokyo and the surrounding environs
  • Lists specialty shops in Japan where you can purchase hard–to–find Japanese wine brands
  • Lists specialty retailers in the United States and elsewhere

About the Author:
John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. He is the first and only non-Japanese to become certified as both a Sake Expert Assessor, as bestowed by the National Research Institute of Brewing, and as a Master of Sake Tasting as bestowed by Nihon Jouzou Kyoukai, the “Brewing Society of Japan he has lived in Japan since '88. A longtime Japan resident, he is well known among sake brewers and others within the sake industry. He wrote the Nihonshu Column in the Japan Times for many years before writing a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's and the world's most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. In 2006, John received the Sake Samurai award, the first year it was awarded. He has published five books on sake including Sake Confidential.

The Art Of Sake's Take:
John Gauntner is one of the OG non-Japanese professional in sake. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone wanting to learn about sake! Even though it's mostly words with B&W illustrations, this book is easy to follow through without compromising on the technicalities. You would be equipped with a wealth of knowledge on sake after reading this book.