Anna Lee IijimaJoin Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor and Certified Sake Professional, Anna Lee C. IIjima and her guests as she tastes, discusses and shares 3 premium sakes.

March 12th 2021


FREE Sake Tasting Kit for the first 100 registrants! See Below…

Sake Expert Guests:

Jessica Joly

Jessica Joly Marketing Director, Sake Discoveries, Inaugural Miss Sake USA, Sake Sommelier Certified SSI and WSET Level 3


Henry Sidel

Henry Sidel Founder and General Manager, Joto Sake




Featured Sakes:

Tippsy Sake Line Up

  • Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai
  • Dassai 45 (Daiginjo)
  • Tozai Snow Maiden (Nigori)


The first 100 people to register will receive a free Sake Tasting Kit from featuring these Sakes!

Share your Sake Tasting Kit on Instagram by using #saketipsandtasting.




Must be 21 to register and participate. You will be e-mailed a unique code to order your tasting kit on Please note the deadlines to order your kit to receive it on time for the event: East Coast, IL, TX & OK: 02/23 – West Coast Coast:03/03. Shipping not available to: AK, AR, HI, MI, MS, UT. After the event, you’ll receive a short survey. We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill it out.

This experience is brought to you by JETRO Chicago (Japan External Trade Organization) and JFOODO.


About Anna Lee C. Iijima
Anna Lee joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010 following a career in corporate law. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She also holds a certification in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association and is a Certified Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council. Her passion for Japanese sake and shōchū often rivals her devotion to wine.

About Jessica Joly
Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, America’s first “Miss Sake USA” Jessica Joly is no stranger to navigating multiple cultures. Moving between Japan and California at a young age, she developed an appreciation and knack for how to understand, navigate, and bridge cultural divides. Developing a love for Japanese food, drink, and culture from her early years in Tokyo, Ms. Joly hoped to share this once she moved to New York, and naturally found a home in the hospitality industry in NYC. She has since gained impressive experience from both classic and contemporary establishments including Soba Totto, Bohemian, SakaMai, Ippudo, Patisserie Tomoko, and Tokyo Record Bar. She currently is the Marketing Director for Sake Discoveries which spreads sake awareness through events, branding, and education.

About Henry Sidel
Henry Sidel is the Founder and General Manager of Joto Sake. Henry started Joto in 2005 with three producers and distribution in one State. He grew the portfolio to ten breweries selling in thirty States. In 2016, Joto was acquired by Kobrand Wine and Spirits and is now distributed nationally. Joto means “highest quality,” which is the guiding principle in Joto’s business. Over the past sixteen years, Henry has educated distributors, customers, and consumers about sake. In 2019, he was honored as a Sake Samurai by the Japanese Sake Brewers Association. He is also a certified WSET Sake Instructor. Before starting Joto Sake, Henry held management roles at Belvedere Vodka/Moet Hennessy, Brooklyn Brewery, and Ciao Bella Gelato.