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An exclusive interview with the Japanese sommelier Shinya Tasaki: World's Best Sommelier in 1995 and today President of ASI - Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, Tasaki shares with Fine Dining Lovers his memories and thoughts on wine.
He's been a sommelier since he was 17 years old, and when just a few years older he moved to France to learn wine techniques from the best. He's now one of the most famous experts in the world and considers wine as one of the most powerful vehicles for conviviality and companionship.
When asked what characteristics a good wine should have , he had no doubts: "There is not only one good wine, when I choose a label I have to think of the situation and the occasion. But, most important, I have to think of the person I'm eating with."