ROMAIN – “Why do you only need one egg when baking a cake?
Because one egg is un oeuf!”
Romain is something of a wine expert, although he calls himself a wine lover, there are few people who can talk about wine, pair wine + food or recommend wine like he does.
Growing up in Lyon, his wine introduction started with harvests on his cousin’s vineyard in Beaujolais (Xavier Benier). Through Xavier he was introduced to George Dos Santos (“The Flying sommelier”) who owns one of the best wine shops in France, Antic Wine. “Jojo” believed the best way to learn was to try and daily blind tastings were a must for the staff. Romain was drinking legendary wines alongside tiny, unknown vineyards and had the chance to meet winemakers and sommeliers that frequented the shop.
While at Antic Wine, Romain was lucky enough to participate in once in a lifetime events such as a special dinner for Bocuse d’or with the 350 best chefs in the world, around Paul Bocuse (the “father” of the French Gastronomy).
Wanting to explore the world, he moved to New Zealand. Here he started working for Maison Vauron where he met Bertrand and later, Antonia. He spent the next two years enjoying the relaxed NZ lifestyle. Just as his visa was finishing up he was offered a role with a wine bar in Hong Kong. This quickly turned into opening and running a French wine bar + wholesale business in Singapore. Romain and Antonia sold wines to many Michelin starred restaurants and met winemakers from all over the world (Such as Phillip S. Johns, creator and former winemaker of Bass Phillip vineyards in Victoria). He was once again able to participate in wine dinners and blind tastings with some of the best wine of the world.
Romain and Antonia moved back to New Zealand to start a family and think about their future. They came to a conclusion…. The best wines are those made with minimal intervention!