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Kenichi Ohashi MW

Kenichi Ohashi MW

Became an MW 2015

Based in Japan

Languages Japanese, English


Kenichi Ohashi is a wine and sake expert based in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Tochigi Prefecture, he is the third generation owner of Yamajin Co., Ltd., a distributing company specialised in wine, sake and local spirits. He also has his own consultancy company, Red Bridge Co., Ltd. and is director of Somersault Co., Ltd., the biggest business group of liquor retailers in Japan. A champion of global sake promotion, Ken is sake chairman of the International Wine Challenge. He is a Sake Expert Assessor, the highest qualification of National Research Institute of Brewing Japan, and holds the title of Master of Sake from Sake Service Institute.

Industry sector(s): Marketing, Distribution, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge

Wine styles: Natural, Orange wines, Sparkling wine, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Georgia, Greece, France, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rioja

Market expertise: Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Spain

Specialisms: Marketing wine, Distribution, Branding