Entrepreneur to open Taiwan sake school

Kyodo

A Japanese entrepreneur will open a sake school in Taipei next month to educate Taiwanese about rice wine.

Soji Hiraide, founder of the bar and grill chain Kanpai Co., said he’s always wanted to open a school.

Nearly 15 years after opening his first Kanpai outlet in Taiwan, Hiraide said he will venture into education next month by opening the Kanpai Sake School in Taipei.

“I hope I can make some contribution to the wine culture in Taiwan,” he said. “Drinking is to appreciate the wine, not to get drunk. I hope more people will enjoy drinking and savor the happiness that comes with it.”

Hiraide encourages his staff to sign up for the programs and urges restaurant owners and wine lovers to join them.

The programs will be taught in Chinese and start with sake and move to grape-based wines.