The Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) was set up in 2012 to offer wine lovers across Asia a reliable source of wine recommendations. Since the launch of the competition, Decanter has recruited a judging panel of Asia’s most influential and expert wine palates.

Coming from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Korea, and Taiwan, the DAWA 2015 judging panel consists of over 40 judges, ranging from sommeliers to wine writers, wine educators to importers. The panel is chaired by Steven Spurrier, and led by a group of experienced and internationally renowned vice-chairs including Shinya Tasaki, Li Demei, Andrew Jefford, Michael Hill Smith MW, Gerard Basset MS MW, and Ch’ng Poh Tiong. The entire panel’s extensive experience of the wine industry in Asia makes them ideally placed to taste and score the wines entered into the Decanter Asia Wine Awards in order to give recommendations to wine lovers across Asia.

Over 2,500 wines are entered into the Decanter Asia Wine Awards each year. Wines are then carefully organised in flights, according to style and price. All wines are rigorously blind tasted and each wine is discussed individually by a panel of judges. Wines can win commended, bronze, silver, and gold awards. The very best of the gold medal winners from a particular region are awarded regional trophies, and the very best of the regional trophies go on to win international trophies.

The results are released on Decanter.com in October each year and are supported by a series of retail promotions and special events. Results include detailed wine information and are published alongside available stockist information so that readers wanting to enjoy the wines themselves know where to purchase them.

Read more about the credentials of individual Decanter Asia Wine Awards judges.

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DAWA vice-chair: Li Demei

DecanterChina.com columnist Li Demei is an associate professor of wine tasting and oenology at Beijing Agriculture College, invited teacher at ESA…

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DAWA judge: Gurjit Barry

Gurjit Singh Barry is a WSET Level 4 Diploma qualified wine-taster and one of the five APP’s (Approved Programme Provider)…

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DAWA judge: Julien Boulard

Julien Boulard has been living in China since 2003 and runs his own consultancy specialising in wine education and marketing.…

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DAWA judge profile: Ignatius Chan

Ignatius Chan is a sommelier and restaurateur who founded Iggy’s restaurant in 2004, which is currently located in The Hilton…

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DAWA judge: Nigel Chan

Nigel is currently the head sommelier of renowned 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Eight in Macau. As the Head Sommelier, Nigel is…

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DAWA judge: Nicolas Deneux

Nicolas Deneux is the sommelier and operation manager at On Dining Kitchen & Lounge as well as Upper Modern Bistro…

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DAWA judge: Fabien Duboueix

Born in the Champagne region of France, Fabien Duboueix has pursued a passionate career in wine and hospitality that has…

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DAWA judge profile: Elliot Faber

With Decanter's first Asia Wine Awards taking place later this month, find out more about new judge Elliot Faber, sommelier…

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DAWA judge profile: Marcus Ford

Shanghai-based Marcus Ford is the general manager of Pudao Wines China, which specialises in direct sales and retail. He was…

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DAWA judge: Alvin Gho

db Bistro & Oyster Bar head sommelier Alvin Gho, a native of Singapore, is only Singaporean Advanced Sommelier and is…

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DAWA judge: Rajeshwaran Gopal

Armed with almost two decades of experience plus a multitude of awards tucked tightly under his belt, Rajesh Gopal is…

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DAWA judge: Ying Guo

Ying Guo is the Senior Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel China. Ying joined Four Seasons three years ago during the…

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DAWA judge: Hiroshi Ishida

Tokyo-based Hiroshi Ishida is a sommelier. Currently working at Hotel Nikko as their executive sommelier, he also acts as a…

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DAWA judge: Hayato Kojima CWE

With the first Decanter Asia Wine Awards under three months away, find out more about Hayato Kojima, a certified wine…

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DAWA judge: Denis Lin

Denis Lin has been working as a wine and food journalist since 2002, following a role as a creative director…

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DAWA judge: Jiang Lu

Jiang Lu (Maxime Lu) is the founder and chief wine editor of Wineonline.cn and has been running a wine club…

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DAWA judge: Hiroki Matsumoto

With Decanter's first Asia Wine Awards taking place in September, find out more about new judge Hiroki Matsumoto, a wine…

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DAWA judge: Eddie McDougall

With Decanter's first Asia Wine Awards taking place in September, find out more about new judge Eddie McDougall, a winemaker…

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DAWA judge: João Pires MS

João Pires MS is currently the director of wines for Melco Crown Entertainment’s properties Altira Macau, City of Dreams and…

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DAWA judge: Donghyuk Shin

Donghyuk Shin is a sommelier at the Jungsik restaurant and wine bar in Seoul, which was voted 10th in Asia’s…

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DAWA judge: David Shoemaker

David Shoemaker is an acclaimed sommelier with several certifications for both wine and spirits, he is an Advanced Sommelier by…

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DAWA judge: Magandeep Singh

Magandeep Singh is India’s first French-qualified sommelier and professional wine taster. Since qualifying around ten years ago, Magandeep has worked…

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DAWA judge: Chris So

Chris So runs winelist.hk, a wine media, education and consultancy company in Hong Kong. A co-author of the Greater China…

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DAWA judge: Stéphane Soret

Graduating in Nîmes, France, with a sommelier diploma, Stéphane Soret moved to London in 1989 for his first sommelier position…

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DAWA judge: Jeremy Stockman

Watson’s Wine’s General Manager Jeremy Stockman started his career in the wine industry in 1989 in London after completing a…

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DAWA judge: Dorian Tang

Dorian Tang is the national education director of ASC Fine Wines and a Master of Wine student. Based in mainland…

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DAWA judge: Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong is a freelance wine writer and judge. Born and educated in Hong Kong, she discovered wine while studying…

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DAWA judge: Yin-How Wong

A lawyer by training from the London School of Economics, Yin-How Wong founded Vintry Cellars in 2005. As managing director,…

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DAWA judge: Catherine Yen

Catherine Yen is a WSET diploma holder and won the McNie Tasting Trophy in 2013. A qualified WSET wine educator,…