Yuhei Teraoka Sommelier KL

Yuhei Teraoka, Director, Y-IGREK Burgundy Merchants

Yuhei Teraoka, director of Y-IGREK Burgundy Merchants shares with The Yum List a little about life as a sommelier and new business person.

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I am a sommelier and wine shop owner. I got into this industry by my mother’s influence, who is a food critic.

Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
When I was young, I popped the Champagne and the cork hit the face of the customer!

What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
BEST: get to know who is who in the country.
Worst: NO CHRISTMAS!!

What’s your favourite wine?
The most impressive wine I have ever drunk is a 1991 Henri Jayer Vosne Romanee 1er Cru “Cros Parantoux”

The perfect day off would be…
… not stepping out from my house and doing absolutely nothing. In this industry, we are always out of our homes so on my days off I like to do nothing.

A day in the life of a business owner is…
I just started my own business so am still figuring this out.

What do you do for fun?
I love to eat and travel.

What’s something you’d like guests to know about Y Burgundy Merchants?
It’s the only place you can get good Burgundy wine in KL.

What’s your favourite food and beverage pairing?
BBQ pork ribs & Dr Pepper.

What is your view on the wine scene in KL?
When I started at Cilantro in the early 2000s, it was very difficult to make a French-driven wine list. I had to source wines from Singapore. Now, except for some Burgundies, I can source most of the list them locally. That’s the reason I started my Burgundy Merchants. Also, the number of local sommeliers is much more compared to 15 years ago. The scene though is still dominated on the front line by foreign sommeliers for fine dining in KL. I hope local sommeliers will make the scene more vibrant.

What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
We’ve just received a shipment of some very good Burgundies…

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3 Comments

  1. Interesting person ❤

  2. Oh dear! No Christmas! Never mind, I am sure because of him, everyone else would have a jolly good time. LOL!!!

  3. Interesting interview, but then all your interviews are interesting. Cheers Diane

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