Meet The Team
Founder & Managing Director
Originally from Montpellier, France, Romain Loriot’s discerning palate and lifelong passion for wine paved his career in the world of F&B. He had previously worked alongside world-renowned chefs to curate award-winning wine lists and unique food pairings as the Group Sommelier and wine buyer for twelve restaurants under the Le Comptoir Group in Hong Kong. Notably, Romain has enjoyed a long working history with the Alain Ducasse Enterprise as Head Sommelier at Rech, Hong Kong (1 star), Rech, Paris (1 star), Sommelier at Benoit, Paris (1 star) and Dorchester, London (3 stars). With experience in wine purchasing, importation and sales, Romain brings his multifaceted skills to the opening of ThinkWine.
Founder & Executive Sommelier
Bringing an impressive blend of international experience, expertise and enthusiasm, Jean-Benoit Issele is the celebrated former Head Sommelier of Belon (#15 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 and 1 Michelin Star) and the other venues under Black Sheep Restaurant Group. He discovered his deep passion for wine service alongside David Biraud at Thierry Marx restaurant (2 stars) in Mandarin Oriental Paris, after which he settled into the Beverage Manager role at Sofitel in China. Jean-Benoit moved to Dubai to learn a new aspect of hospitality service as the Restaurant Manager at Palazzo Versace (50 Best Chefs), before landing in Hong Kong as the Restaurant Manager and Head Sommelier of Frantzen’s Kitchen.