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    My Today

    When I was a university student traveling through Europe, a budding foodie in search of my next flavor discovery, I stumbled upon wine. I was humbled by the wine world's complex language and an entire new realm opened up to me. I was mesmerized by wine – not just because of its complex flavors that are mercurial and fleeting but because intuitively, I sensed that wine was alive. It is connected to the earth, swaying to the rhythm of nature and reflecting the spirit of the people behind it and the culture surrounding it. All of this, in just one sip.

     

    My traditional Korean upbringing meant venturing into the wine industry was not an option I considered while I was a student. But life has a way of bringing you back to what you love and I found myself in the wine industry, first as a writer, then an author and later as a wine critic, editor, publisher and finally in 2008, becoming a Master of Wine. All along the way, my loving and generous family tolerated my indulgence and to them I owe huge thanks.

     

    What really makes me happy, besides spending time with my family and friends, is being able to turn people on to wine. Now, I spend as much time teaching, hosting wine and food television programs and speaking, or should I say preaching, to people about why wine is so wonderful and how it can transform your life. It helps slow down meals, I say. You can reach palate orgasm when you find that perfect food and wine pairing! You can become closer to cultures and places far away without ever having left your dining room. Plus, it tastes great and it makes you relaxed and happy. What more can you ask for?

     

    I was not born into a wine family nor did I grow up drinking wine or ever live near a wine region. If I can learn this, I say, so can you! Wine is a life enhancer, just like food. We need to eat every day, so why not make the most of every meal and enjoy it, with wine of course. My wine gospel goes something like this: Life is short and what makes life worth living are the people close to you and the time you spend with them. Bring wine into your life and it makes time and meals slow down; it may even make time stand still. And that is what makes wine more than just a fermented alcoholic beverage in a bottle.

    Critic

    I started to give ratings to wine starting in 1992 when I started my wine diaries. These notes were meant just for me and I never imagined then that my wine ratings would ever be published anywhere. I always found the 100 point system very helpful especially when I review my previous notes of wines tasted five or ten years ago. Often when I taste wines now, the number surfaces even before the words start to form in my mind.

    Writer

    Even before falling in love with food and eventually wine, my first love was writing. When I announced to my parents at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, they replied, "That is a nice hobby dear, but that is not a real profession." But I never stopped writing and when I am not writing for magazines, newspapers or online sites I am writing journals to my daughters. To read my latest views and articles about wine, food, trends and more, click here. To buy my books in English, Chinese or Korean, click here.

    Professor

    My father's ambition for me was to be a University professor and when I told him I was appointed in 2012 as Professor at Wine at the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, he was even more thrilled than I was. I really enjoy teaching and get a thrill when my students' eyes light up because of a new wine discovery. 

    Interested in wine business and management? Check out the Master of Science in International Wine Management that I helped to launch in 2015 and currently teach here.

    Television host

    When TVB approached me about hosting a weekly wine program, In Vino Veritas, in early 2014, I was honored but apprehensive. I was interviewed numerous times but I was never the host! I learned the meaning of pithy and how to do five retakes and each time do it with equal enthusiasm as if it is my first time. I have a newfound respect for all entertainers in television and film. 

    To watch TVB Pearl's In Vino Veritas, follow this link or download this app: mytvb.com.

    Speaker

    Speaking about food and wine takes me around the world. Here is a link to my upcoming events as well as previous ones. You might also enjoy my Ted Talk about how wine keeps you healthy, humble and slim.

    Consultant

    I have worked with many fine wine companies throughout my career, as educational consultant, fine wine specialist and advisor to companies such Watson's Wine, Ficofi and Berry Brothers & Rudd. I have created award-wininng wine lists for numerous hotels and restaurants, always mindful of the cuisine, the ambience and the guest profile unique to each venue. On occasion, I also help to create dream cellars, host bespoke events and create memorable wine events.

    Designer

    This is pure indulgence – creating a set of wine glasses that not only meets my functional expectations, but makes me smile because they are so beautiful and elegant. A big thank you to Inhesion and Spiegelau for being such great partners and for allowing my creativity to run free. 

    To download the wine glass and decanter brochure, click here. To place an order, email or Call +852 2415 9288

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    Me

    Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and shortly thereafter moved to the United States where she later received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Masters in public policy from Harvard University. Since 1994, Lee has been based in Hong Kong initially pursuing a career in business journalism in Asia, writing for publications such as Asia Inc.Far Eastern Economic Review and The Asset, before contributing to international wine publications such as Wine SpectatorThe World of Fine WineWine and DineWine Business International and La Revue du vin de France. Later, in November 2010, she joined Decanter. as a contributing editor for Asia. She is also the Co-Chair of Decanter Asia Wine Awards, a sister competition to the Decanter World Wine Awards launched in 2004. In June 2015, Lee is launching LE PAN, a magazine and website on fine wine, dining and luxury living.

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    Pro Me

    Lee is also the creator and designer of the Jeannie Cho Lee Signature Wine Glass Collection, which she launched in 2014 at the Vinexpo. Later that year, she co-hosted the wine program 'In Vino Veritas', which aired on the Hong Kong broadcasting network channel TVB Pearl from October to December.

     

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    Lee is a frequent judge at international wine competitions such as the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards, Royal Adelaide Wine Show, Mundus Vini and Wines of the Pacific Rim. She has also been teaching Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses since 2004 and in 2008 helped establish The Fine Wine School in Hong Kong. In 2009, she received Vinitaly's International Award, and also became a wine consultant to Singapore Airlines and Galaxy Macau.

    Lee's first book, Asian Palate was launched in November 2009. In February 2010, at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Asian Palate was awarded the 'Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World'. In June 2011, at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards 2011, Asian Palate won under the category of 'Wine, Beer or Spirits' category Same month, Asian Palate won under the category of 'Wines and Gastronomy' category at the 2011 OIV Awards. Lee launched her website AsianPalate.com in May 2010.

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    Digital Me

    MY TOP 10 WINES 

    1.Château Haut-Brion 1989

    2. Le Pin 1998

    3. Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1990

    4. Château Lafleur  1982

    5. Château Margaux 1990

    6. Pétrus 1990

    7. DRC La Tâche 1978

    8. Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin 1962

    9. Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1962

    10. Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny 1978

    (Wines are in no particular order)

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Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  14 Producers 

1968 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask H12, This bottle took about an hour to come around. At first, the flavours were closed with only hints of dried fruits and smokey notes. After over an hour, the wine started to open up in the glass offering an array of lovely bottled aged flavours – black truffle, autumn leaves, dried violets and leather. Impressive wine, not just because of its age, but because it improved rather than fell apart in the glass over 3 hours. (91)

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Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  16 Producers 

Domaine Liger-Belair, La Romanée Grand Cru, Burgundy, 2011/ Seductive nose with complex layers of flavours that are persistent and long. Gorgeous wines with focus, depth and a profile that ranges from flowers, spices and herbs to red berry fruits. Delicate, persistent and classy.


2m 4d ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  28 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 / Lovely silky texture on this 72-year-old wine under its original cork. Dried autumn leaves accented with sweet oak and vanilla. Incredibly fresh and lively; impressive. Drink 2014-2023 97 points

3m 11d ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  9 Producers 

2017 was a very good vintage in Burgundy and a pleasure to taste from barrel. The red wines are juicy and fresh with light tannins and body while the whites are linear with wonderful detailed flavors. In terms of overall quality, whites trumped the reds in quality both in terms of their finely-etched and flavor profile and consistency across all levels and appellations. Below are my top 10 white wines from the 2017 vintage.

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Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  14 Producers 

Krug Vintage Champagne 1985 / 100 points / I was speechless when I tasted this Champagne. Although I had the 1985 Krug before, in a magnum format, it was magnificent. A perfect wine that has evolved so beautifully that it has more layers and depth than many Grand Cru red Burgundies. Full bodied yet delicate with toasted hazelnuts, brioche and biscuit notes. Very long finish. A perfect vintage to enjoy now, at nearly 30 years of age.

6m 8d ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1962 / 99p / A gorgeous La Chapelle that is one of the best vintages I have ever tried. Complex, layered, exotic and spicy with a gorgeous array of flavors. This wine shows the greatness of Syrah in the right hands. Lingering, persistent finish.

6m 19d ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  43 Wines  from  23 Producers 

Château Mouton-Rothschild 2014 / Intense Mouton with velvety tannins, dark cassis notes and savory herbs. This is a restrained Mouton that has power and good density. The long hang time and growing period in this vintage means everything was concentrated - tannins, flavor and acidity. The alcohol is just over 13%. This is a wine to lay down

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Dom Pérignon 1976, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1975, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon 2004, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon Rosé 1975, Moët & Chandon
Sassicaia 2007, Tenuta San Guido
d'Yquem 2010, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 2011, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 2013, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 2014, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 2015, Château d'Yquem
d'Yquem 1995, Château d'Yquem
Château Margaux 1970, Château Margaux
Château Ausone 2014, Château Ausone
Château Ausone 2015, Château Ausone
Château Mouton-Rothschild 2012, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Château Mouton-Rothschild 2014, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1990, E.Guigal
Echezeaux 1991, Henri Jayer
Barolo Sperss 1990, Angelo Gaja
Barolo Sperss 1997, Angelo Gaja
Charmes Chambertin 2014, Domaine Ponsot
Chambertin 2012, Domaine Ponsot
Hermitage La Chapelle 1976, Paul Jaboulet & Âiné
Latour-à-Pomerol 2014, Château Latour-à-Pomerol
Romanee Saint Vivant 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2012, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Chambertin 2012, Domaine Dujac
Tychson Hill 2012, Colgin Cellars
Blankiet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills 2012, Blankiet Estate
Pluribus 2010, Bond Estate
Maya 2013, Dalla Valle
Maya 2009, Dalla Valle
Maya 1992, Dalla Valle
Château La Conseillante 1949, Château La Conseillante
Château La Conseillante 2009, Château La Conseillante
Château La Conseillante 2005, Château La Conseillante
Château La Conseillante 1990, Château La Conseillante
Dana Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Dana Estates
Blanc 2011, Château Latour-Martillac
Tertre Roteboeuf 2015, Château Tertre Roteboeuf
La Romanée 2008, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
La Romanée 2003, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  9 Producers 

Château Haut-Brion 1989 / 100 points / One cannot say enough about this gorgeous Haut-Brion that leaves one speechless. The wine combines power, intensity, complexity and depth with incredible finesse. I've tasted this wine many times and each time, the wine is perfect, magical. Still youthful, this wine has at least 30+ years ahead.

1y 4m ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares 2014 / 92 points / Layered with spices and red berry fruit - this is an elegant Bonnes Mares with a lovely linear profile. A bit light on the mid palate but it offers focused precision and delicacy with a fairly long length.

 

 

1y 5m ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Louis Jadot Montrachet 2014 / Lovely purity and linear focus with classic stone fruits. The palate is layered with minerality and shows the depth of this great vineyard. The power and intensity on this wine is truly impressive in a wine that is modest in alcohol - 13.5%. A low yielding vintage so very little was produced in this year. 96 points

1y 6m ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Leroy Corton-Renardes 1964 / A sensual wine filled with flavours that are fleeting yet persistent. The nose is enticing with aromas of black truffles, dried rose petals and dried spicy herbs. The wine is mature but not yet past its prime. Over the course of two hours, the wine continued to maintain its poise and core fruit. Long finish. 97p

1y 6m ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Jadot Musigny 2003 / 95 points / Beautiful Musigny that is incredibly accessible now with an array of flavors that range from violets and roses to wild strawberries and raspberries. The perfume on the nose carries through on the palate, lifted by silky tannins and supple texture. Round, generous and ready to enjoy now.

1y 8m ago

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