[HD video below] It is no easy task to become a Master of Wine.
It takes years of training, and to pass the required exams,
especially when coming from a very male dominated society, in what
could also be regarded as a very male dominated domain, is truly
quite an accomplishment.
But that is exactly what Ms. Jeannie Cho Lee, an
ambitious, successful, and
truly outstanding lady, managed to do.
Born in South Korea and currently living in
vibrant Hong Kong, Ms. Cho Lee, who spent Junior Year at Oxford
University before getting a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College,
and then a Master's Degree from Harvard, became the very first
Asian Master of Wine in 2008.
But, Ms. Cho Lee is much more than a Master of
Wine. She is an award-winning author, just about to finish her
third book, with ideas for the fourth already firmly in place.
Her first book, Asian Palate, won the Gourmand
Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World. It was
also short-listed as one of just four books in the world
considered for the UK's prestigious Andre Simon Award.
She is a
Consultant for Singapore Airlines,
frequently voted as the Best Airline in the World, and it is Ms.
Cho Lee, along with the few other Consultants the airline very
careful selects, that choose which wines SIA will carry on board
all its flights.
Ms. Cho Lee is also a Member of Commanderie de
Bordeaux, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and L'Ordre des
Coteaux de Champagne.
She is a highly sought after wine judge, an
educator, a journalist and of course a speaker.
In this HD video interview, which took place at
the World Gourmet Festival 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok,
we ask Ms. Cho Lee about becoming a Wine Master, how wine goes
with the often delicate flavours of Asian cuisine, what "New
Latitude" wines are all about and what wines, such as those made
in Thailand, need to do to compete with not only established wines
from France and Italy etc., but also "New World" wines from the
Americas, Australia etc.
We ask how one should go about choosing a wine,
how important is Appellation Controlee, and is it important whether
a wine is from Negociants, or sold directly by the Chateau.
You will also discover which three Champagne Ms. Cho
Lee loves the most if money were of no concern, and much, much
Master of Wine - HD
Video Interview with Ms. Jeannie Cho Lee