Sara Guterbock


Years of Participation


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 & Director of East Coast Sales 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 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 January of 2017, Sara became one of a limited number of Level 3 Sake Educators for the WSET, worldwide, and 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). In 2019 she completed the Advanced Sake Professional (ASP) course in Japan, with John Gauntner, and she also holds qualifications as a Certified Sake Adviser and Certified Shochu Adviser through Sake School of America.

When she’s not spreading awareness of Sake in the USA & beyond, you might find her teaching Yoga in Charlotte, NC!