This mid-end September, Hong Kong’s first sommelier-led specialty wine bar, ThinkWine, is set to open its doors in the heart of SoHo inside the newly opened LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street.
Stocking close to 600 different wines, the extensive wine menu at ThinkWine showcases an alluring diversity of terroir, appellations and vintages rarely found in Hong Kong. At ThinkWine, guests will discover an enhanced wine tasting experience with carefully curated food pairings.
Originally from Montpellier, France, Romain Loriot’s discerning palate and lifelong passion for wine paved his career in the world of F&B. He had previously worked alongside world-renowned chefs to curate award-winning wine lists and unique food pairings as the Group Sommelier and wine buyer for twelve restaurants under Le Comptoir Group in Hong Kong. Notably, Romain has enjoyed a long working history with the Alain Ducasse Enterprise as Head Sommelier at Rech, Hong Kong (1 star), Rech, Paris (1 star), Sommelier at Benoit, Paris (1 star) and Dorchester, London (3 stars).
Bringing an impressive blend of international experience, expertise and enthusiasm, Jean-Benoit Issele is the celebrated former Head Sommelier of Belon (#15 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 and 1 Michelin Star) and the other venues under Black Sheep Restaurant Group. He discovered his deep passion for wine service alongside David Biraud and was the Sommelier at Thierry Marx (2 stars) in Mandarin Oriental Paris, after which he settled into the Beverage Manager role at Sofitel Wanda in Ningbo, China.