JohnJ Chan, Amber
Year after year, we're impressed by the evolution of Amber's wine list, which continues to be a joy for oenophiles as well as those who prefer a light drop with dinner. The selection of wines by-theglass and by carafe is sophisticated (as befits the setting) but approachable, as evidenced by head sommelier John Chan's friendly team.
Chan discovered his love for wine in a way that may sound familiar to you, dear reader—at university, where he spent time tending bar while attending the University of Hawaii. He turned that passion into a career, returning to Hong Kong to train with the best sommeliers in the industry at the most illustrous restaurants in town.
Like The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Chan is celebrating his 10th year in the business, a journey that has seen numerous accomplishments, including a first-place trophy at the 2006 Hong Kong Sommelier Competition. As the restaurant enters a new era of exploration and evolution, the sommelier is confident that his cellars will continue to break boundaries and offer more labels to excite, intrigue, and divide. A considerable number of biodynamic wines pepper the list, with Clau de Nell's Vieilles Vignes by Anne-Claude Leflaive (the pioneering biodynamic winemaker who died in April 2015) currently available by the glass.
Chan is not one to play it safe when it comes to pairings and regions; although Amber's repertoire of old world wines is among the best in the city, his insatiable thirst for the interesting and the unique will lead him to add more left-of-field selections for guests. His dedication to making your meal at Amber better and more transcendent by virtue of his wine selections is certainly something to celebrate.