Nelson Chow

Master Sommelier

Nelson Chow, a leading sommelier and respected wining and dining influencer in Asia, is currently the President of the Hong Kong Sommelier Association (Greater China), also holder of a number of highly respected titles in the professional realm, such as Commander du Bon Temps de Medoc et des Graves, Chevalier du Sopexa en Gastronomie Francaise, Jurade du St Emilion and accredited lecturer for L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux – this list goes on! A true wine educator at heart, he is doing everything within his power to elevate the wine knowledge of the general public in Greater China.

1. What is your favorite wine region?

I love wines from all over the world and have no preference for a particular region. That said, I believe all wine drinkers' journey will end with Bourgogne!

2. What is your most memorable wine & why?

My most memorable wine was the 6-litre bottle of Sebastiani Winery Cabernet Sauvignon served over dinner in celebration of my first anniversary - I carried that bottle by hand all the way over from California in 1991!

3. Any obscure grape varietals caught your attention lately?

Blaufrankisch from Austria. This grape variety has great potential as more and more winemakers are growing it and incorporating it in their wines. Personally, I like its freshness and full-bodied character, which gives the wine aging potential.