DAWA judge profile: Daisuke Kawai

Daisuke Kawai, Director and Chief Sommelier at La Terre, a luxury wine bar in Singapore, is a judge at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Daisuke Kawai

Daisuke Kawai is Co-Founder of La Terre, a luxury wine bar in Singapore. His 24 year career started at the Imperial Hotel, Toyko and he has been working in the food and beverage industry ever since. Daisuke has been based in Singapore since 2010 when he joined 2 Michelin Star Les Amis as Chief Sommelier.

Daisuke has won several accolades throughout his career, including Best Sommelier of the Year three times in the Singapore World Gourmet Series Award in 2013, 2017 and most recently in 2019. He has also been the winner of the Gastromonth Favourite Sommelier by Robert Parker and Michelin 2017, the Asia Best Sommelier Competition in French Wines by SOPEXA 2017, and Singapore’s Best Sommelier for California Wines 2018.

Daisuke conducts wine education classes for professionals and wine lovers, and was a judge at the National Sommelier competition of Malasia and Indonesia.