My two very good and extremely knowledgeable friends have kindly agreed to lend me their extensive wine expertise to share with you. Here are their profiles:
Kimberley Drake, Kee Club
As Food & Beverage Director for Kee (owner of the private member’s clubs, Kee Club, in Shanghai and Hong Kong and Alfie’s in Hong Kong), I am managing and developing the Group’s F&B offering. I fell into the food and wine trade ten years ago in New York and I spent the next few years doing my time in various restaurants across the city. More recently, I was a sommelier at Jean Georges, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in New York and then in 2008 I moved to Hong Kong to be the opening Head Sommelier of Café Gray, where I developed the wine program for both the restaurant and the Upper House hotel.
I then moved to the Michael Mina Group in San Francisco where I helped oversee the beverage program for the group’s 17 restaurants nationally, before making my return to Hong Kong.
I hold the Advanced Certificate of the WSET and I am recognised by the Master Court of Sommeliers.
Tom Harrow, Wine Chap
Founder of WineChap: Independent wine portfolios, unique global wine experiences + fine wine news & reviews. FT’s How To Spend It (online) columnist and writer for Centurion, Noble Rot and elsewhere and online variously, when asked. Luxury Travel Intelligence reviewer and consultant for ConnectJets, Kaluma Travel, IC Bellagio and Domaine de Bellevue. Guest Speaker at The Drinks Business Annual Conference on ‘Reaching the New Consumer’ and previously named in Evening Standard’s 1000 most Influential Londoners (in the capital’s top 43 – food and drink professionals).