Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong

7: John Ong (32) — Ristorante Domani

John Ong Domani 2John Ong comes to Domani with over a decade of F&B experience, much of which was gained in his native Singapore, and even more in the vineyards of Australia. Whilst working in Sentosa Island, Ong’s bosses sent him to the Barossa Valley to learn a thing or two about wine. He was so bowled over by the experience that he quit his position and travelled around Australia for two years, learning all he could about wine and its production.

Now, though, he’s happy to embrace a largely Italian wine list, and says that Hong Kong diners are quite knowledgeable about their wines, and willing to try new things. Given Domani’s reputation in Hong Kong as a favorite of the Italian expat community and its efforts to promote its culture in Hong Kong, Ong feels that he not only promotes wines but also acts as a fervent promoter of all things Italian to his customers.

“The wines of Italy are renowned for their variety and versatility. So normally we will advise our customers to try Italian wines with an open mind. It’s all part of the Italian wines adventure learning about Italian wines terms and understanding regional grape varieties.

He says that he is most proud to serve Flaccianello della Piave, Fontodi, – a “superstar” of the Super Tuscans that not many people know about. “Consistently rated 90+ points by the famous wine critics, this 100% Sangiovese is a perfect example of the true essence of Sangiovese grapes and the local terroir, [along] with modern vinification techniques.”

He says one of his favorite moments came when the restaurant hosted the Le Pergole Torte Wine Dinner earlier this year, and met Martino Manetti. ”I even have some bottles signed from him and we had a great laugh when he told me that actually I have more bottles of back vintage Le Pergole Torte then he had back in his cellar.”

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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