Jason Kawaguchi

October 23, 2020

Araxi Restaurant Manager + Wine Director After over 20 years in the hospitality industry including the past 9 years at Araxi, Vancouver born Jason Kawaguchi oversees the 1000+ labels that have made Araxi a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner since 2000. Continuing studies under WSET and the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as travelling through Italy’s storied wine regions of Tuscany, Piedmont, and Veneto, have deepened. Jason’s understanding of terroir from both a food and wine perspective. From his grandparents’ farm in Vernon, Jason learned the value of the land. “They grew just about everything. From them I discovered the hard work involved in creating a meal from start to finish,” Jason says. “Their ethos drives my passion for learning the story behind the wine and sharing that story with guests so they can enjoy a complete experience.”