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Sommelier of the Month- Belinda Chang

We have selected Belinda Chang as the March Riedel Sommelier of the Month, here are highlights from our interview. 

Riedel Sommelier of the Month Belinda Chang

Riedel:   Food and Wine – Favorite combos? What do you find to be the hardest/easiest to match up?

BC:        Caviar, Potato Chips and Champagne!


Riedel:   Your restaurant - What is your must eat dish on the menu and which wine do you recommend with it?

BC:        See above! The perfect dinner at Maple & Ash is two courses: Caviar, Potato Chips and Champagne followed by our Baller Grilled Seafood Platter with a bottle of big red.


Riedel:    Any tips that you have for decanter newbies?

BC:         Have no fear. Go for it.


Riedel:    Can you recommend one red and one white that you find to be crowd pleasers. Suggestions?  

BC:         Two of my current favorite by the glass wines are:

              GRÜNER VELTLINER   Knoll Federspiel, Wachau 2014                                     19

              CABERNET FRANC   Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée Terroir 2013                    11


Riedel:    In your opinion, how do Riedel glasses enhance the wine drinking experience?

BC:         Riedel glasses appeal to all senses: visually, tactile, by enhancing aromas and of course by maximizing flavor. They have always been my favorite.


Riedel:   Any big trends that you have been noticing in the wine industry?

BC:        Bigger is better - bottles, wine glasses, decanters..  It’s all about the story - of the region, the producer, the grape, etc. Have fun while drinking wine – take the pretense away and just drink, the way that you want to, with the food that you like, with the people that you enjoy!

posted by Riedel, 01/03/2016

topics: Inspirations