John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. A longtime Japan resident, he is well known among sake brewers and others within the sake industry. He wrote the Nihonshu Column in the Japan Times for many years before writing a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's and the world's most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. In 2006, John received the Sake Samurai award, the first year it was awarded. He has published five books on sake.
"The best currently available sake guidebook in English is The Sake
Handbook by John Gauntner, an American living in Japan." -San
"The Sake Handbook fulfills its promise of conveying enough information to make an able, if perhaps not master-level, sake taster and purchaser of the reader who aspires to such status. It could be an invaluable companion on that next outing to a Japanese restaurant or alcohol retailer, as well as a welcome gift for the enthusiast looking to broaden their knowledge about a centuries-old spirit." -Flavorful World blog
"[T]his book is a very welcome guide and pretty damn useful for getting you started." -Tokyo Beer Drinker blog