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

President of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale and Vice Chairman of the Japan Sommeliers Association, Shinya Tasaki writes, consults and runs the Tasaki Shinya Wine Salon in Tokyo.

Winner of the Best Sommelier in the World in 1995, he was born in Japan and spent three years in France before being named Best Sommelier in Japan at the age of twenty-five, leading to a string of awards in his home country and abroad.

In 1999 he was presented with the Medaille d’Honneur in Bordeaux, and last year he received the Yellow Ribbon medal of honour from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the Sommelier profession.

Shinya Tasaki has been a vice-chair and judge for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) since the launch of the competition in 2012.