Ying Tan - INTERNATIONAL JUDGE
Ying Hsien Tan MW qualified as the first Singaporean Master of Wine in 2015. He was one of the first
two Asian men to attain the qualification that year.
Ying started tasting and studying wine as a hobby in 1983 while pursuing law studies at university in
the United Kingdom. In 2009, after more than 20 years as a corporate and banking lawyer, he
embarked on a different career path building on his enthusiasm for wine to become a wine journalist,
speaker and educator.
Whilst on the MW education programme, Ying won the Institute of Masters of Wine Champagne
Trinity Scholarship 2010 and was nominated to attend the Master Napa Programme in September
2013. He also won a French Wine Society scholarship for the Sud de France Master Level Program in
2013 and the 2013 AXA Millésime Scholarship for MW students.
Ying has judged at international wine competitions frequently, including the International Wine
Challenges held in Singapore, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition, Decanter Asia
Wine Awards, UWWR Russian Wine Challenge, Sydney International Wine Competition and the
Concours de Mondial. He was also on the tasting panel of Wine & Dine, Singapore for several years
and a wine consultant to the World Gourmet Summit 2013 in Singapore.
He is also actively engaged in the education of MW students and sommeliers. He judged at the
Singapore National Sommelier Competitions in 2014 and 2016 and the Sopexa French Wine
Sommelier Competition 2015.
He owns Taberna Wine Academy where he conducts tastings, classes, wine dinners as well as hosting
many leading wine producers.
A member of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and
Commanderie de Bordeaux, Ying has visited all the classic wine regions of France, the Russian Tsar’s
former cellars at Massandra in Crimea, as well as wine regions in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia,
Bulgaria, China, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain,
Switzerland, Thailand and the USA.