Yoichi Sato, owner and sommelier of restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).


Osaka-born Yoichi Sato trained as a sommelier in France before returning to his native Japan in 1991 to work at Tokyo’s Enoteca Pinchiorri as a sommelier. In 1994, he became cheif sommelier at Joël Robuchon’s restaurant Taillevent Robuchon, before spending three years working in several different restaurants.

Yoichi opened his own restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo in 2000, and is still the owner and sommelier today. Named the Best Sommelier of Japan in 2005, Yoichi became a director of the Japan Sommelier Association in 2008 and was one of two Japanese representatives at the Best Sommelier of Asia-Oceania contest in 2012.