Sara E. Guterbock, CBS, ISS, ASP, JSA Sake Diploma, CS, CWE, DipWSET is a Sake Educator for the Eastern USA with Sake School of America. She is also a Japanese Beverage Specialist/Educator & East Coast Sales Supervisor for New York Mutual Trading Company, the United States’ most prestigious importer of fine Craft Sake, Spirits & Beer from Japan.
Sara is a Certified Sommelier (CS) through the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators, and received her Diploma in Wine & Spirits (DipWSET) through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, England, in 2012. In January of 2017, Sara became a limited number of Level 3 Sake Educators for the WSET, worldwide, and in 2019 she completed the Advanced Sake Professional (ASP) course, in Japan, with John Gauntner!
In 2014, Sara was among the first groups of people in the United States to be qualified as a Kikisake-Shi, or International Sake Sommelier (ISS) through Sake School of America & The Sake Service Institute of Japan. In 2018, she became one of the first 4 people in the USA to earn her Diploma in Sake from the Japan Sommelier Association (JSA). She has also earned qualifications as a Certified Sake Adviser and Certified Shochu Adviser through Sake School of America. Becoming proficient in Sake has united Sara’s passion for the beverage industry with a life-long love of Japan, its people, traditions, and cuisine.
In 2016, Sara began teaching the Certified Sake Advisor and International Sake Sommelier courses with Sake School of America. She now facilitates these certifications as well as the WSET Sake Qualifications & Japan Sommelier Association’s International Sake Diploma Course in the Eastern United States. Sara devotes a tremendous amount of energy to introducing people to the complexities and beauties of Sake and its unmatched ability to pair with food. Sara is hopeful her ongoing efforts will continue to spread awareness and interest for Sake in the USA & beyond!!