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