Michael Tremblay, Founder

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Michael is a Sake Samurai, Sake Judge, Sake Sommelier and a perpetual traveller. An International Kikisake-shi, Advanced Sake Professional, French Wine Scholar (Highest Honors) and holder of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Sake, he is based in Toronto, Canada where he can be found continuously learning or teaching someone about sake.

Michael is a Senior Sake Judge for the International Wine Challenge, the largest sake challenge in the world, held in London and Japan. He has also judged for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal and the Toronto International Sake Challenge. He is also an active sake educator and teaches the WSET Level 1 and 3 Award in Sake at Toronto’s Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG). He has travelled to Japan a multitude of times and has visited or worked at more than 50 sake breweries throughout the country. He has spent the last three years researching the many sake regions of Japan for this course.

The Sake Scholar Course is the culmination of Michael’s many travels in Japan, research and explorations throughout the country. Michael wanted to create a course that conveys both his experiences visiting breweries throughout Japan that tell the many fascinating stories that come with each brewery visit, and to highlight the many unique qualities that Japan’s many sake regions possess that are often overlooked.

When his nose isn’t stuck in a kikichoko, Michael is an amateur triathlete, composer and painter. He currently runs the largest sake program in Canada as the Sake Sommelier at Toronto’s Ki Modern Japanese + Bar.