Master of Wine Interview with Jeannie Cho Lee - HD
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 more.