Sake is to Japan as wine is to France and Italy, whiskey and scotch is to Ireland and craft beers are to the U.S. – it is the alcoholic beverage/spirit that defines the region. And the perfect way to learn more about sake – Sake Day 2012 in San Francisco.

The event is taking place on Saturday, October 6 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Northern California.

Presented by True Sake, Nombe and the Japanese Cultural Center of Northern California, Sake Day allows beginners and those with a more advanced palate to be a “sake sommelier” for a day. Over 100 sakes will be offered for tasting from a number of great brewers.

Having attended last year, I believe the best part of Sake Day is that many of the actual brewers and distributors will be on hand to answer questions about their products. Just like a winemaker or beer brewer, they know their product best and can answer any and all questions.

Along with tasting sake, there will be four “Edu-Drinking” Stations. Last year’s included a blind tasting station where guests were asked to guess the type of sake and also if they could taste the “value difference” between each bottle.

Authentic Izakaya-style food will also be available along with an Okinawa live band. There will also be a silent auction. All the proceeds benefit the JCCNC.

Early Bird tickets are still available at $65 per person but that sale ends at midnight on Sunday, September 30. Regular tickets will be on sale for $75 and tickets will also be sold at the door for $80. The event is on October 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California is located at 1840 Sutter Street.