Toshio Ueno was awarded with the prestigious title of Sake Samurai in 2016. He is the only one in the world to hold Master of Sake, Master Sake Sommelier, and a WSET Sake Educator diploma.  Since 2010, Toshio has been the Vice President & Executive Instructor at Sake School of America and continues to judge some of the top wine and spirits competitions in the U.S. and internationally.

Growing up in Japan, Toshio helped his family business on their farm, growing Koshu, a Japanese wine grape. Graduated from college in the United States, he is now the Director of Sales and Manager of the Business Development Department (Mutual Trading Company) in promoting Japanese foods, Jizake, and Shochu to the mainstream American trade.

Certified Master Sake & Shochu Sommelier, Jizake Educator. With his passion and expertise in Jizake, Shochu, and Wine, Toshio aims to further promote Japanese food and Sake cultures to new, international audiences.

He has hosted “The Science of Sake” VIP Sake Pairing , “Mystery of Sake” VIP Sake Investigation Lecture,”LA Sake Festival” Sake Education Class, and “Japanese Food Festival” Sake Seminar in 2009. Since 2010, he has been Vice President & Executive Instructor at Sake School of America.

The Sake Samurai Association

The Sake Samurai Association was established in 2004 as a junior council for the Japan Sake Brewers Association to protect sake and Japanese traditions at home and to promote them internationally. It has contributed to the increased popularity of sake and Japanese food overseas in recent years.


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