“Have you tried aged Bordeaux with thousand-year eggs?” my friend who consults for restaurants here asked on Saturday night as we devoured pigeon and a bottle of 2012 Domaine Dujac Morey-St.-Denis at Fung Lum. “No,” I replied, “but I will have to try your pairing. I like them with Champagne.”

Come join me on Saturday afternoon, 22nd June, for a wine and food pairing class. I’ll share with you my experience working as a sommelier for several years in restaurants in NYC – Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel and Veritas. In addition, we will taste ten contrasting wines and ten different foods including foods that are challenging for wine like Mapo Tofu and sardines with an emphasis on Cantonese dishes and pairing them with wines.

As an American living in Hong Kong, it’s presented a great area of learning that continues, so join me in a topic that I love - that of flavour combinations. I remember how impressed I was at La Gavroche several years ago by a female sommelier who paired a Framboise Lambic Beer with tuna tartare. It was perfect, such synergy in that pairing with the beer elevating the flavours in the tuna and the tuna tartare bringing out the nuances of the beer. My former manager from Gordon Ramsay in NYC who had returned to the Hospital Road location had invited me over to work with their team for a few days and then took me to dinner at La Gavroche because he wanted me to experience wine and food pairing at a very classic fine dining restaurant in London. 

So, the way to discover your best pairings is through trying wines with a variety of foods. At this class, we will do just that. However, in those moments when we are hosting, we don’t always want surprises, and we want to feel comfortable with our wine and food matches. There are basic guidelines we will go through to help you as you create your next perfect pairing whether it’s at a restaurant or in your home. Specifically, we will talk about and experience through tasting how factors like sweetness of a dish, salt, and cooking method as well as sauces impact a wine and thus are factors to consider when pairing. I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd June!

Here’s the lineup for our afternoon discussion:
2005 Charles Ellner - Champagne Séduction
2016 Maximin Grünhaus - Abtsberg Spätlese
2015 Domaine Arnaud Lambert - Saumur Blanc Brézé 'Clos David'
2016 Domaine Georges Vernay - Condrieu 'Terrasses de l'Empire'
2016 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Blanc Clos du Roy
2011 Domaine Chevillon - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Cailles'
2012 Biondi Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Annata
2014 Jean-René Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah
2008 Château Haut Bailly
Domaine Sérol - Turbullent Sparkling Rosé Non-vintage

Wine & Food Pairing: A Former Sommelier's Perspective
Date Saturday 22 June 2019
Time 14:00 - 15:30
Venue The Fine Wine Experience Shop
Ticket HKD 650 per person
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2005 Charles Ellner - Champagne Seduction 750ml -
2016 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Spatlese 750ml -
2015 Domaine Arnaud Lambert - Saumur Blanc Breze 'Clos David' 750ml -
2016 Domaine Georges Vernay - Condrieu 'Terrasses de l'Empire' 750ml WA91
2016 Domaine Jean Fournier - Marsannay Blanc Clos du Roy 750ml -
2011 Domaine Chevillon - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Les Cailles' 750ml BH92-94
2012 Biondi Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Annata 750ml WA90
2014 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah 750ml WA92
2008 Chateau Haut Bailly 750ml WA96
NV Domaine Serol - Turbullent Sparkling Rose 750ml -

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2014 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah 750 Bottle 120 120 650 WA92 HK
2014 Jean-Rene Germanier - Cayas Reserve Syrah
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 650 / BTL 120 case available
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Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business. 根據香港法律,不得在業務過程中,向未成年人售賣或供應令人醺醉的酒類。 The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.提供的货物仍有待售。 货物所有权只在收到全额付款到The Fine Wine Experience的帐户後转移。
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HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sai Ying Pun.
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En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK