Shinya Tasaki, a renowned and award-winning sommelier from Tokyo, Japan is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Shinya Tasaki

President of the Japanese Sommelier Association and the A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World 1995,  Shinya Tasaki is the only non-European national ever to win the title of the Best Sommelier of the World. His victory lead the profession of sommelier to become widely known throughout the nation and he greatly contributed to the popularization of wine in Japan.

Since then, he has been training young sommeliers, giving lessons to wine amateurs, working extensively in seminars, wine dinners, writing more than 50 F&B related books, consulting and making appearances on television & radio.

He is also a publisher of one of the well-read wine magazines in Japan. He received numerous awards and accolades over the years in his country and abroad, including the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Emperor of Japan (A decoration given to individuals who, through their diligence and perseverance in their professional activities, became public role models).