Wine Director Belinda Chang of West Village Wine Collective - Biography

New York, NY

January 2012

Belinda Chang has paired for palates across the country, from San Francisco to Chicago, and most recently, the Big Apple. And Chang wasn’t just working the cellars of average restaurants. In San Francisco, she oversaw the wine list under Chef Laurent Gras at Fifth Floor; in Chicago, she ruled the cellars of some of the city’s top restaurants, including Rick Tramonto’s Osteria Via Stato and the venerable Charlie Trotter’s. Since 2007 (and until recently), Chang’s exercised her oeno-expertise as wine director at Danny Meyer’s The Modern.

Chang is the type of sommelier who not only loves wine, but also embraces all facets of hospitality and service. And for this combined passion, the James Beard Foundation recognized her with the 2011 “Outstanding Wine Service” Award. But Chang’s aptitude for sharing wine knowledge doesn’t stop in the front of house. She authored wine notes for three cookbooks (Charlie Trotter’s Meat and Game,and Rick Tramonto’s Fantastico! and Osteria cookbooks) and has written for several national publications.

And while many in her trade prefer the polite gentility of service, Chang isn’t afraid to take her message straight to the people, appearing onstage to educate restaurateurs, wine directors, and wine lovers of every stripe at The National Restaurant Association Show, the Food and Wine Aspen Classic, and The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. She’s even brought her wine wisdom to the airwaves, with appearances on wine segments on CBS and NBC news, Bloomberg TV, and a hosting gig on The Fine Living Network’s “We Live Here” show. Whether you find her in print or in person, Chang will no doubt prove herself a seasoned, generous, passionate practitioner of the sommelier’s craft. After working at The Monkey Bar in New York City in 2011, she is currently the brand ambassador of Moët Hennessy.