AJ Ojeda-Pons of Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lamb’s Club at The Chatwal Hotel is not only the city’s hottest sommelier, he also dishes on how he selects his beverages for Valentine’s Day. While he will be pairing four courses of dishes with wine – custom for each guest at the Lamb’s Club, he also has some great tips for you wherever you take your valentine!
This sexy sommelier, named as the nation’s Best-Dressed sommelier by GQ, says, “I think wine is something really special for me because no matter what you drink you have to think how nobody can replicate the final product in your glass. No matter what winemakers try to do, no wine is identical from vintage to vintage. Vintages carry surprises of their own, and the differences are going to be apparent. You can have a consistently good product, but in the end what we get to sip is a bit of history in itself.”
AJ says rose is often overlooked when it is in fact a crisp, fun and romantic champagne – plus the perfect color for the holiday of love! He says “rose is versatile and perfect for when winter breaks – but also great any time.”
AJ is always looking for the best wines around the world, and with over 1,875 bottles – yes, he knows each one – has recently added great new wines from Spain and France to the restaurant’s collection. He says wines from these countries of romance are always great picks to wow your valentine.
AJ is currently looking for “small farmers with high quality wine cases available.” He also believes lesser known brands from smaller regions can be hidden gems.
After working for years in the restaurant business, AJ realized that wine was his biggest passion, and has been having a great time “forming an exciting program with a changing wine menu and the ability to offer a variety of fine and rare wines.”
So this Valentine’s just remember – romantic wines from abroad and rose all the way!
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