Ying Hsien Tan, owner of wine academy and bar Taberna in Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Ying Hsien Tan MW

Ying Hsien Tan qualified as the first Singaporean Master of Wine in 2015. He won the Institute of Masters of Wine Champagne Trinity Scholarship 2010 and was nominated to attend the Master Napa Programme in September 2013.

A member of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and Commanderie de Bordeaux, Ying started tasting and studying wine as a hobby in 1983 while pursuing law studies at university in the United Kingdom. In 2009, after more than 20 years as a corporate and banking lawyer, he embarked on a different career path building on his enthusiasm for wine to become a wine journalist, speaker and educator. He owns Taberna Wine Academy where he conducts tastings, classes and wine dinners.

As a speaker, Ying organized and hosted the Singapore Business Times Wine Night for senior business executives in 2010 and co-hosted the wine segment of the Wine & Dine TV series broadcast on Channel News Asia in the late 1990s. He has also spoken at wine events outside Singapore, most recently to sommeliers and journalists in Perth and wine professionals and producers in Ningxia, China.

Ying was a judge at the 5th Singapore National Sommelier Competition in 2014, Sopexa French Wine Sommelier Competition 2015 and at the Concours de Mondial 2016. He was on the tasting panel of Wine & Dine, Singapore for several years and a wine consultant to the World Gourmet Summit 2013 in Singapore.