Who is LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël)?
|LeDomduVin a.k.a. Dominique Noel|
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LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noel) is a certified, well-traveled and seasoned Sommelier | Wine buyer | Wine Consultant | Wine Writer and at time Brand Ambassador, cumulating more than 25 years of management and purchasing experience in the Wine & Spirits Industry (including tasting, buying, selling, promoting, marketing, teaching, training, education and writing about wine and spirits a little bit too) on 3 continents.
French born, naturalized American, I’ve been working directly and indirectly with wine and spirits since 1991.
Bordeaux native, grandson of a "Vigneron" - Winemaker from the "Cotes de Bourg", a small region in the Northeast of Bordeaux, I rapidly understood how important the world of wine will impact and be part of my life and trigger my career.
Although I worked in various small jobs including doing the harvest nearly every year in various properties since I was 10-12 years old, I officially started my wine career in 1992, when I came back from 10 months in the army serving in the "Bataillon des Chasseurs Alpins" based in Varce (near Grenoble).
From 1992 to 1997, I worked in France as Waiter, Bartender, Chef de Rang in various restaurants and hotels, in many towns including Orleans, Bourges, Strasbourg and Paris, before going back to Bordeaux in 1994 and settle down in a "Relais et Chateaux" where I started as Chef de Rang and moved up to Maitre D, Assistant Sommelier, then Sommelier.
In 1996, I went back to Catering & Hospitality school of Talence (Bordeaux) to pass some diplomas and become a certified Sommelier fully immersed into wine, while working in the above mentioned Relais et Chateaux, until January 1997, when I decided to leave my daily job to concentrate on school and the diplomas, more important in my eyes to satisfy my ambitions and open the next chapter of my life.
In July 1997, a few weeks after receiving the Sommelier Diploma, I moved to London where my career rapidly took off. I worked as Sommelier, then Chef Sommelier - Wine Buyer, consultant..... for a few restaurants. They were the best years of my life... 24 to 29 years old.... my London years.... du grand n'importe quoi....
After 5 unforgettable years in London, I moved to New York in 2002, leaving the restaurant scene to work as Wine Buyer/Store Manager for 2 prominent fine boutique retail stores. I worked for 5 years as a Sommelier, Wine Consultant and Wine Buyer for www.PJWine.com, one of the most prominent Wine & Spirits retail stores in New York (USA). Then 4 years as Sommelier, Store Manager, and Wine Buyer at:www.HeightsChateau.com a smaller boutique retail store, yet renown for its selection and service, and one of the most specialized Wine & Spirits Boutique Cavist in Brooklyn Heights (NYC, USA). Check the store's respective website for more descriptions and prices.
In 2011, I relocated to Hong Kong, where I first worked as Head Sommelier/Wine Buyer/Restaurant manager at first, then, after an unpredictable turn of events, which made me decide to definitively retire from the restaurant life (for good this time), moved on and put my own Sommelier - Wine consulting company (LeDomduVin).
Under the consultant name of "LeDomduVin", I mainly worked as a Brand Ambassador for Burgundian wines that I presented in a vast array of places including Art Galleries, Private Member Clubs, Underground Discotheques and even the "Hainan Super-yachts/Business Jets/Luxury Car and Lifestyle Exhibition" and even for a very short while became the purchasing manager for two online boutique stores.
In 2012, I found my current job as Wine Quality Control for the Wine Division of one of Hong Kong major corporate company... too difficult and too long to explain. Yet, for the first time in my life, I'm not in charge of choosing, selecting and purchasing the wines for the company; but I get to work closely with the top 250 wines in the world.
However, this turn in my career has not diminished my love for small, independent, unknown producers who craft their wines with patience, passion, attention, and dedication like my grandfather used to do it. I continue to browse around the shelves of various wine stores to keep up with the markets, and taste as much as I can to keep a sharp palate and read to continuously grow and improve my knowledge.
To resume, I'm just a regular guy born in the vines with a passion for wine, often characterized as Sommelier, Épicurien, Baroudeur, Amoureux de la Vie, Agent Perturbateur, Curieux et Creatif, following the "Carpe Diem" way, who taste and buy all sort of wines (and spirits too) from all around the world since 1992 (1991 unofficially).
Tasting is very subjective; every palate is different. My descriptions will be frank, explicit, detailed with loads of info. Purely and solely personal, my notes, comments, opinions are results of my taste buds excitement.As often as I can, I will update my blog with new tasting notes, remarks about my favorite wines and discoveries.
2017 marked my 25th year working in direct relation with Wine & Spirits, and my 20th year as a certified Sommelier / Wine Buyer, tasting more than 10,000 wines a year and only relying on my taste buds, armed solely with my passion for food and wine complemented by a discriminating palate, a weird and sarcastic sense of humor, plenty of things to say (often not relevant, but why not?..)
Santé, Cheers and enjoy!
Dominique Noël a.k.a. LeDomduVin
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