First Step to Becoming a Wine Sommelier!

In an attempt to become a wine sommelier, I’ve signed up for seminars at the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre, which is part of the Vocational Training Council (VTC).

Our instructor is Mr. Nelson Chow, the manager (F&B Operations & Training) of the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre, and he’s also the chairman of the Hong Kong Sommelier Association. He’s won numerous accredited awards related to wine and a track record to boast about, but only those “in the know” are aware of it … because he’s so darn humble.

Anyway, he’s a great instructor. VERY knowledgeable, funny and eloquent in his speech. Our class is from 7-9PM, but he usually goes on until late. Very late. On our first lesson last week, the class was from 7:30 to almost 11PM. He’s just really passionate about the subject and you can just stay after class and grill him on everything you want to know about wine.

Wine Tasting Facility at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre in Pokfulam 1

Wine Tasting Facility at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre in Pokfulam 1

Wine Tasting Facility at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre in Pokfulam 2

Wine Tasting Facility at the Hospitality Industry Training & Development Centre in Pokfulam 2

Apparently, this is the 1 and ONLY wine tasting facility for students in HK. Others wanted to copy and follow, but failed. Or so I was told anyway.

2007 Talus Collection Pinot Grigio

2007 Talus Collection Pinot Grigio

2007 Talus Collection Chardonnay

2007 Talus Collection Chardonnay

2005 Marques de Caceres, Rioja

2005 Marques de Caceres, Rioja

Great Lighting Equipments!

Great Lighting Equipments!

Oooo … so fancy :)

The Balance Wheel ... OooooOo

The Balance Wheel ... OooooOo

There’s only about 12 students in the class, so its quite cozy. Definitely check it out if you want to learn a thing or two about wine!

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4 Responses

  1. Hi – I’ve just arrived in Hong Kong from New Zealand. I’ve been going to wine tastings in New Zealand and am keen to continue learning – do you know if there are any spaces left in this course or if there are any other wine tastings in Hong Kong that I could go to?

    On another note, thanks for the post about Ireland’s potatoes – I had picked up a menu and now I’m going to give it a try.

    Look forward to hearing from you,
    Kimberley

  2. Hey Kimberley, thanks for the comment and welcome to Hong Kong! The wine course I’m taking right now is offered only in Cantonese – so I’m not sure whether that works for you. But not to worry, there is another well-known organization in HK that offers wine class called AWSEC. Check it out at http://www.awsec.com.

    I get newsletter every now and then from http://www.asc-wines.com where world-renowned wine-makers and / or sommelier visit town and they usually have this wine tasting and food pairing events at hotels. Tickets usually ranges from HK$ 700 to 1200 per head.

    If you’re looking to just taste wine and train your taste buds, then most wine stores near where you live usually have wine tastings in the evening. For example, if you live in the Soho area, then Soho Wine and Spirits offer wine tastings every evening at around 6PM. Down the street to the left, there’s a Watson’s Wine Cellar and I think they have wine tastings every Friday night.

    Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

    Cheers,
    j

  3. Thanks for the quick reply – Yep, Cantonese would be a bit of a problem. I’m in Causeway Bay – any ideas for wine shops with tastings around here?

    I will take a look at the asc website too.

    Thanks again,
    Kimberley

    • HI Kimberley, welcome to HK! Since you are in Causeway Bay, I would recommend you to go check Berry Bro Rudd @ The Lee Gardens. I attended one of their Wine Tasting Session and it was a great experience indeed. I think they recently opened The Fine Wine Centre (aka Wine School) in the Wan Chai area. You can check out their website for more info: http://www.bbr.com/wine-events/fine-wine-centre

      I picked this one because the tasting was offered in English and the location is more convenient. See if you like it ;)

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