Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong

3: Ringo Lam (32) — Shang Palace

Ringo Sommelier 2A meal in the company of Ringo Lam, the self-taught sommelier of Kowloon Shangri-La’s two-star Shang Palace, is a window into the passion of this young woman, who went from a dull office job to her current position through sheer force of will.

“To me, wine is a living thing. It has so much character,” she says, with typical enthusiasm. “The knowledge of wine is so deep and it is like a never-ending story. I like exploring the beauty of wines from around the world and to share my discoveries and knowledge. I believe a sommelier is one of the key people [able] to elevate the guests’ unique dining experience.”

She says that part of the challenge of her job is to pair her extensive cellar with Chinese food, which is a very different prospect from pairing with Western cuisine. Given the family-style way of ordering – where a tableful of dishes are there to be shared – makes it a challenge to pair all dishes with just one white, red or sparkling wine.

Lam says she usually suggests guests to pick one white and one red wine to go throughout the dinner. For white wines, she tends to recommend something that is more aromatic, crispy and refreshing, and for reds, wines that are more fruity and medium-bodied.

“Among the list of wines in my portfolio, I am quite proud of Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Domaine George Roumier,” she says. “The technique used in fermenting this wine is so unique and special that it truly reflects its vintage. The wines produced from this winery are normally among the very best wines from the terrior, and are considered to be very elegant and delicate, making Roumier one of the greatest producers in Burgundy.”

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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