Featured User: Weijie Shi (Jay)

Weijie Shi, Jay in short, is from Shanghai, China, and is currently working as head sommelier at Jingcaixuan (晶采轩). He is in charge of the wine programs in all six restaurants, which feature classic Cantonese food mixed with some local style. Being in the industry for less than two years, he knows what he is aiming for at each step of his career: 6 months at Bellagio Shanghai to have a primary idea what hospitality is; 6 months at Hakkasan Shanghai to experience the quick pace working as a Sommelier; and now being a head sommelier helping to launch the new wine program. He was studying chemistry when he was in the US but eventually experienced a huge shift and ended up being a Sommelier thanks to his enormous passion for wine. He sees himself as very lucky and successful during his whole journey so far, but he shares that the challenges are real since it's not easy to maintain a wine program in a Chinese restaurant group for the long run because the background of wine drinking culture is just not quite there yet. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Weijie Shi: Frankly speaking, I don’t know lol. There’s not a particular moment or a wine that sparked my passion for wine. I would say it’s a long and gradual process. I started learning from jug wines, Yellow Tails, and Barefoot out of curiosity, then to $20 range to $100 range Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe, and finally some prestige wines like Burgundy Grand Cru and Napa Cults. Each stage is so fun and dragging me deeper into the world of wine. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? WS: I am currently into Burgundy wines, especially white Burgundy like Meursault and Corton-Charlemagne . It is so fascinating that the acidity, the freshness and the richness can coexist as a harmony in these great wines. D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? WS: J’ai Soif Vin Petillant by Jean Francois Ganevat , which is a blend of Pinot Noir , Trousseau , Gamay and Poulsard . D: What is your golden rule for wine? WS: I love wines that are made by hands and enthusiasm. Biodynamic, low production, geeky wines are all in my comfort zone. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? WS: Single Malt Whisky , Cognac or Armagnac . D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine WS: Queen with a bottle of 1961 Clair Dau Chambertin-Clos de Beze . Technically speaking, not existing any more for both but still being remembered, respected, honored and shone in most people’s heart. They are two legends that are not possible to replicate. D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? WS: I will say I would be Barolo or Barbaresco . Quite silent or even hard to approach at the beginning, but as time goes, starts to bloom and shows the potentials and charm. Slow pace is my thing and I love to enjoy the great things in my life leisurely, like enjoying a Barolo/Barbaresco.

Giuseppe Quintarelli

Rosso del Bepi Veneto Corvina Blend 2005

Slight green on the nose but the overall texture was top notch — 2 months ago

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Thanks Sharon 🥂
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@Weijie Shi (Jay) Jay very interesting Delectable feature on you. From Canada Cheers 🍷
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Cheers P A 🥂

Henschke

Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Always a pleasure drinking Edelstone! One of my favorite Aussie Shiraz — 2 months ago

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A brilliant wine. Nice selection.

Robert Ampeau & Fils

Les Perrières Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 1993

Tasted much younger than the 04 Louis Latour. Still got years ahead — 2 months ago

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Domaine Trapet Père & Fils

Alea Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2016

More ready and fruitier than Ostrea. Delicious — a month ago

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Daniel Barraud

La Verchere Vieilles Vignes Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay 2014

Beautiful acidity. Very mineral and salty on the finish — 2 months ago

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Used to drink them young, then hid them away, when I got back to them I was very happy.
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Such a great value.
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Agree! I will try their other single vineyard when have the chance

Domaine Coche-Dury (J.F. Coche Dury)

Les Perrières Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2010

Phenomenal in all dimensions. Great precision and right amount of minerals. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Leflaive

Les Chenes Macon Verze Chardonnay 2017

Right amount of richness and acidity — a month ago

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Kaesler

Old Bastard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009

This needs aging. Northern Rhône style. Full of elegance. — 2 months ago

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@Weijie Shi (Jay) A great Cuvée from the Barossa 👌👌
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Great wine. Full of potentials and better with aging

Vincent Pinard

Charlouise Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir 2016

Violet, smoked meat and plum heaven. Tart cherry on the finish. Killer wine. Wow! — 2 months ago

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@Weijie Shi (Jay) Jay Nice post Cheers 🍷

Vincent Girardin

Les Perrières Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2006

Aging beautifully, the acidity and minerals are incredible yet doesn’t lack strength and structure. — 2 months ago

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Congratulations on your Delectable profile. Nice job!
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Thanks David! Always been enjoying using Delectable 😃