Tuesday, February 3, 2009

City Tech professor Roger Dagorn
named Sake Samurai

Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn, an adjunct assistant professor of wine education at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) and the sommelier at Chanterelle restaurant, was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai in an elaborate ceremony held recently in Japan.

Dagorn, who teaches City Tech’s Wine and Beverage Management, Wines of Italy, Wines of France and Wines of the New World courses, traveled to Kyoto to accept this honor from the Japan Sake Brewers Association. The title is bestowed on only a handful of specialists outside of Japan. Dagorn is also one of only 167 individuals worldwide to be designated a Master Sommelier, the ultimate professional wine service credential. 

The Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council created the Sake Samurai distinction to inspire and restore pride in the 2,000-year-old Japanese tradition, and to spread sake culture not only within Japan but throughout the world.

Dagorn has pioneered the introduction of fine, artisanal sakes in the West, and acts as an ambassador and educator of sake subtleties, seeking out and championing the high quality selections now available in the U.S. market. He also introduces sake to City Tech students in his wine courses. (Photo credit: Lorie Rhodes)