Hiroshi Ishida, executive sommelier at Hotel Nikko in Tokyo, Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Hiroshi Ishida

Hiroshi Ishida is a Sommelier, based in Tokyo. He is currently working at Hotel Nikko as their executive sommelier, he also acts as a consultant and writes a blog for the online magazine Openers. Hiroshi was named Best Sommelier of Japan in 1996 and 1998, and was placed 3rd at the World’s Best Sommelier competition in 2000.

Recently, Hiroshi once again became the best sommelier of Japan in 2014, and will represent Japan in the best sommelier of Asia-Oceania competition in Hong Kong in November 2015. In 2011, Hiroshi was awarded the “Contemporary Master Craftsman” from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and in 2014 won “Medal of Honor with Yellow Ribbon” from the Cabinet Office. Hiroshi Ishida has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2013.