Unfiltered: Michael Raebel, Holborn Dining Room
Michael Raebel, head sommelier of London’s Holborn Dining Room, on his journey to wine via theatre directing, taking out a member of the Chaplin family with a tray of Champagne, what to pair with steak and kidney pudding, and serving Hilary Clinton.
Unfiltered: Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant and Bar
Head sommelier of Soho’s Swiss-inspired Heritage Restaurant and Bar, Elena Serban, recalls trying a bottle of 1982 Cheval Blanc, how she almost ended up as a human rights lawyer and why a tray of Bellinis still gives her shivers.
Unfiltered: Charlie Mellor, The Laughing Heart
Ex-opera singer, sommelier and owner of The Laughing Heart, Charlie Mellor, recounts an out-of-body experience with a Grand Cru Riesling, his heart-warming food and wine pairing and an embarrassing encounter with 25 Riedel glasses.
Unfiltered: Charlie Blightman, Noble Rot
Charlie Blightman, head sommelier at Noble Rot wine bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury, tells WLC about meeting Beastie Boy Mike D, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London and a dramatic incident with a bowl of soup.
Unfiltered: Seamus Williams-Sharkey, The Ledbury
Seamus Williams-Sharkey, head sommelier at The Ledbury, reveals how it was a trip to the Mosel that sparked his passion for wine, why he enjoys being a sommelier in London and his love of pairing fine wine with junk food.
Unfiltered: Ryosuke Mashio, Umu
Head sommelier at Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Umu, Ryosuke Mashio, tells WLC about his love of Champagne, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London, and what he has learnt from judging saké at the International Wine Challenge.
Unfiltered: Antonio Di Schiena, Oswald’s
Antonio Di Schiena, head sommelier at private members club Oswald’s in Mayfair, discovered his love for wine during a stint spent working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Tuscany while still at school. Since then, he has worked in London, Monaco and Ibiza before joining Oswald’s in 2017.
Q&A: Michael Gilbey, Gilbey’s of Eton and Amersham
Restaurateur and co-owner of restaurant group Gilbey’s, Michael Gilbey, reveals his love of French wine, why he believes in importing directly and how the restaurant trade has changed since Gilbey’s first opened in 1975.
Where winemakers dine: Chester Osborn
The inimitable chief winemaker of d’Arenberg in the McLaren Vale Chester Osborn reveals his fondness for the food and drink offering at the Mandarin Oriental and explains how London has the most diverse wine scene.
Top 10 most powerful sommeliers in London: 2019
Following the publication of our guide to the best restaurants in London for wine, we felt it high time we shone a brighter light on those responsible for those lists. Here, we offer a run down of WLC’s Top 10 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London.
Unfiltered: Andreas Rosendal, Flemings Mayfair
Andreas Rosendal, director of wine at Flemings in Mayfair, on unlocking his love of wine with a bottle of Trimbach, tasting a 1984 La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and his first ‘celebrity somm crush’.