Museum of Sake Journal Summer 2016 - Page 4

CONTRIBUTORS JOHN GAUNTNER, JAPAN & USA SAKE EDUCATOR WWW.SAKE-WORLD.COM John Gauntner is recognised as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert. A resident of Japan since 1988, he is well known in the sake industry as the window to making sake understandable and popular outside of Japan. He has been writing and lecturing about sake since 1994, beginning with an eight-year stint writing the “Nihonshu” column in the Japan Times, followed by a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun. John has published six books on sake across two languages, hundreds of articles on the topic, publishes a free monthly newsletter and offers various digital products that make sake easily understandable. John is the only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting in the world and has also achieved the very difficult Sake Expert Assessor certification from Japan’s National Research Institute of Brewing. In 2006, he was awarded the Sake Samurai designation for helping to promote sake and sake culture around the world. ANNA GREENHOUS, UK FREELANCE SAKE JOURNALIST TWITTER: @TASTEWINESAKE Anna Greenhous works freelance in the drinks’ trade presenting wine and sake tastings for L’Atelier des Chefs cookery schools, writing about sake freelance including regularly for Harpers (UK drinks trade magazine) and other publications, doing wine research for Tim Atkin MW, IWC Sake judging, drinks PR, promotions and tasting event management Previously, she presented wine and sake tastings for Vinopolis, the Sake Sommelier Association and on the London Eye. Anna judged sake at the International Wine Challenge in 2009 and 2015. Anna holds the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Advanced Certificate with Distinction and is also a qualified teacher. RICHIE HAWTIN, GLOBAL MUSICIAN, DJ AND SAKE SAMURAI WWW.ENTERSAKE.COM Richie is a world-renowned musician and DJ. Playing to crowds of thousands of fans, Richie has been a music icon since the late-1980s and still continues to push the frontiers of music, art, and technology today. Richie has also been a devoted sake connoisseur for over twenty years since he first traveled to Japan in 1994. He has earned the Advanced Sake Professional Certification and was made an official Sake Samurai by the Japanese Sake Brewers Association in 2014 for his efforts in promoting sake abroad. He continues to use his influence to open up young audiences to new cultural experiences through his performances and ENTER. shows worldwide. ENTER. Sake is a boutique sake collection curated by Richie through his travels in Japan. ENTER.Sake is beginning a new phase to bring its sake collection to restaurants, bars, and wine stores across the USA and Europe. MUSEUM OF SAKE JOURNAL 4