From Rice to Riches: Artisan Sakes from Extraordinary Women

03 Apr 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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Women of the Vine & Spirits and Monica Samuels, National Sake Sales Manager, Vine Connections 

present a live webinar 

From Rice to Riches: Artisan Sakes from Extraordinary Women


April 3rd 
1:00 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST



Monica Samuels, National Sake Sales Manager, Vine Connections

Japanese craft sake has seen explosive interest and growth over the past couple of years. Learn about the ins and outs on everything from artisan sake to the ultimate drinking experience. 

Together we’ll explore:

  • How to understand the different grades of sake, along with tasting characteristics
  • A virtual tasting featuring two breweries owned by women - Yuho and Fukucho
  • How pairing sake with food can differ than wine
  • Mouth-watering food pairings
  • How to integrate onto any restaurant list or shelf set
  • General tips on how to buy and store sake


Suggested Sakes to taste during webinar:

  • Yuho “Eternal Embers” Junmai
  • Fukucho “Moon on the Water” Junmai Ginjo.                   


Free to attend for Women of the Vine & Spirits Members. 

Once registered on the Women of the Vine & Spirits website, you will receive a link to complete your registration.


We hope you’ll join us. Register now! 

Monica Samuels is the National Sake Sales Manager for Vine Connections.  The portfolio consists of sakes from 16 artisanal breweries throughout Japan and is curated in collaboration with John Gauntner, the world’s leading non-Japanese sake educator.  Monica manages the sales of the Vine Connections sake portfolio through the 50 states of America and several provinces of Canada. 

Monica has over 10 years of experience in the sake industry, including 6 years as the Sake Ambassador for Southern Wine & Spirits.  She was also the Corporate Sake Sommelier for SUSHISAMBA, an international restaurant group fusing the flavors of Japan, Peru, and Brazil.  She has been recognized for her efforts in sales and education in Wine Spectator’s “Sake’s True Believers,” Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Tastemakers Under 40,” and most recently as a recipient of the prestigious “Sake Samurai” recognition in 2017.  Monica’s education in sake includes studying under John Gauntner and his Sake Education Council, where she received both Certified and Advanced Sake Professional distinctions; she is also a WSET certified Educator for the Level 3 Award in Sake.  Her hands-on work with sake includes having toured over 50 sake breweries inside Japan as well as globally, and time apprenticing at breweries in Miyagi and Yamagata.  She has assessed sake for different competitions nationally and is now a Senior Judge for the International Wine Challenge sake category. 

Monica was born in Los Angeles and spent summers in Tokyo at her grandmother’s house growing up.  As a bilingual individual with a unique perspective on two very different cultures, she has been particularly successful in demystifying sake for the US audience.   Her years in the hospitality business and ingrained passion for the restaurant industry have given her an exceptional understanding of pairing sake with food, particularly outside of the traditional Japanese setting.

03 Apr 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

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