Nicolas Pierron, Head Sommelier, Island Shangri-La Nicolas Pierron has worked in Germany, France and Britain. He started as a chef de rang in 1998 and worked at the Michelin one-star Bareiss and Hotel B?hlerh?he in Germany. In 2001, he joined the Michelin two-star Le Cerf in Marlenheim, France, as chef de rang, and later as head sommelier. He moved to Britain in 2005 as head sommelier at the Michelin two-star Midsummer House in Cambridge, and sommelier at the Michelin one-star Lindsay House in London. He was also the wine buyer for private club Home House in London, which he joined as head sommelier in 2006. 2010 Santiago Ruiz, Bodegas Lan, Rias Baixas, Spain (HK$170) This is made from 100 per cent albarino. It is aromatic and dry, a perfect wine for any occasion. Sylvaner, Grand Cru, Zotzenberg, Domaine Lucas & Andre Rieffel, Alsace, France (HK$148) This wine is from the region I come from. It's the only sylvaner in Alsace with grand cru status. It's very good value compared to grand cru riesling, but with the same complexity. It is ideal for pairing with salad, cold cuts or fish; and it is good with Asian cuisines. 2009 Malbec Reserva, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, Argentina (HK$138) This is from a family owned winery. Malbec is becoming popular but is still affordable. It reminds me of a wine from southwest France where Cahors is produced with 100 per cent malbec. It is a winner with grilled meat, especially beef. 2002 Chinon, Clos de L'Olive, Domaine Couly-Dutheil, Loire Valley, France (HK$209) This is made with 100 per cent Cabernet Franc, an underrated grape variety that is rarely bottled on its own. It is excellent value, and reflects the character of the terroir with earthiness and leathery aromas. It's a good option when I want to drink a wine more powerful than a pinot noir but lighter than a cabernet sauvignon or shiraz.