Hakkaisan was invited to the sommelier summit held on April 25th and 26th at Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA, USA. Over 100 sommeliers were attended.
This is an annual wine event focuses on one country and its traditional alcohol beverage. This year was Japan and Japanese sake and shochu (spirit). Educational tasting session was held with eight Japanese sake breweries and each brought one kind of sake for tasting. It was a great opportunity to introduce sake world to the wine world, and was interesting to see how wine professionals percept and accept Japanese sake. This opportunity to meet many wine professionals, and see how Japanese sake was taken positively by them left us a great challenge; how can we introduce the wonderful world of sake the way we did here in Napa?
It’s a big challenge, but we are inspired and want to conquer the challenge!