Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong

10: Ekaterina Doroshina (26) — Lupa/La Terrasa

Ekaterina DoroshinaArriving in Hong Kong from Russia by way of New Zealand, where she spent her post-high school years, Ekaterina Doroshima initially found work with Boutique Wines, a distribution company while continuing her wine education. She soon found her entrusted with the wine list of Dining Concepts’ Lupa by Mario Batali and La Terrazza, where she is now working.

Given her antipodean background, she first came to wines through New Zealand and Australian wines but now finds herself juggling a 300-strong, 100% Italian wine list, which represents every corner of the country. She says that it features both “affordable and interesting” wines, including the restaurant’s signature family of wines from Bastianich vineyards, including some that have earned the coveted Tre Bicchieri award from the Gambero Rosso guide.

While there are many diners who know their wines inside out and have their favorites, she says that there are plenty of guests who are open-minded and happy to take suggestions.

“For those who are just at the beginning to discover the beautiful world of wines, me and the team at Lupa restaurant and La Terrazza are more than happy to give the general explanation of the wine list and all regions that our wine selection covers,” she says.

“We offer a by the glass wine selection which covers all the major Italian wine regions, which I believe helps to a lot for the customers to discover new wines, new regions, different styles of wine and understand their palate and taste in wines.”

Although this is her first position as sommelier, she’s not alone, and says she works closely with her colleague Maurizio Severgnini sommelier at sister restaurant Carnevino, who is also responsible for the wine lists of other restaurants in the Dining Concepts Group.

“Maurizio is very experienced and knowledgeable in wine; he often shares his knowledge with me and helps me in selection of wines for the new wine lists. It is very interesting and very helpful to work with such experienced and professional person, from whom I learn a lot.”

6 Responses to “Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong”

  1. stefano says:

    The all management team of Domani Restaurant is proud of you John!
    Congratulation, VERY WELL DONE!

  2. Josh Rubenstein says:

    A great selection, all deserving of this recognition. Congratulations!

  3. Joey Yue says:

    One of my favorite wine sommelier and restaurant in town, congratulation John!

  4. Congratulation Dheeraj Bhatia! Hard work always pays off!

  5. David says:

    Don’t forget about Jason Patty and Paul- three Certified Sommeliers working under Nicolas Deneux at the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse! All three of them are years younger than Nicolas!

  6. Derek says:

    The perfect pair: Yvonne and Elliot!

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