The SAKE SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION is delighted to announce that from 2019 the SAKE SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR will be a truly global competition! 2019 marks the first year that the event will move away from London to be held instead at a new host nation each year. Malaysia has been selected as the first of these host nations and we are very proud to introduce the host venue:

Sake Place

THE SAKE PLACE is a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that specialises in the service of sake, showcasing the beauty and versatility of sake when paired with different cuisines and the promotion of sake as an internationally renowned alcoholic beverage. Founder Danny Leong is an accredited Master Sake Sommelier whose passion has driven his restaurant to enormous success, and in his quest to educate others he has even built his own museum dedicated to the wonders of the world of sake!

Sake Sommelier Association 酒ソムリエ協会

In the year 2000 the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) became the first organisation to offer English sake education in the UK. Today, the SSA provides sake courses for beginners and professionals in over 20 cities and has nurtured over 1,000 Certified Sake Sommeliers worldwide. As well as providing sake education, the SSA organises annual Sake competitions and events aimed at promoting global awareness of sake. Through all these activities the SSA aims to connect sake enthusiasts and breweries both inside and outside of Japan, creating a global communication network to share and celebrate the wonderful culture of sake.

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Gekkeikan is one of the world's oldest family-owned sake companies founded in 1637 in Fushimi, a district of Japan's former capital of Kyoto. "The crown of laurel (“Gekkeikan” in Japanese) was adopted as the corporate logo in 1905. As a traditional symbol of victory and merit, it was chosen to represent Gekkeikan's achievement of becoming one of Japan's leading sakes.

Japan Travel Centre

The Japan Travel Centre has over two decades experience organising tours and holidays all over Japan. Offering tailored trips and expert advice to allow people to enjoy the unique beauty, culture and history of Japan.



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