Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong

6: Mathieu Pouchan (31) — Etc wine shops

Mathieu Pouchan - Chief Sommelier of etc wine shops (1)Etc wine shops focus on three regions – Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, and each has perhaps the best selection of wines from their respective region in the city, maybe even in Asia. With almost 6,000 labels, from the smallest estate and best value to the bigger name and rarest old vintage, the task of maintaining the brand’s reputation falls to Mathieu Pouchan.

“The control and quality that we have on the sourcing is extremely important,” he says. “In Hong Kong where you can find everything from everywhere it is a key point to be able to provide a perfect sourcing and understanding the history of your bottles.”

Pouchan started seriously thinking about life as a sommelier at the tender age of 17, while working as a waiter. While he was already familiar with wines through drinking with his family, working in the trade gave him exposure to a wider variety of wines and enhanced his curiosity.

“One of the motivations when I was working in a restaurant was also to eat and drink the best food and wines and the only way to enjoy both is to become a sommelier,” he says.

Pouchan’s somewhat unique position as sommelier for wine retail as opposed to the F&B trade makes his job a little different, he says.

“When you work in restaurant you are facing clients from the order to the end of the bottles so you have a follow up during all the meal and you can prepare the wine, continue to talk about the wine evolution in the glass and explain the different aromas that you can find in old vintage for example.

“But when you are working in a retail shop, you have to be really precise on what you want to say because you won’t have enough time to speak with your guests. Once the customer leaves, you cannot follow up with him.”

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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