Unfiltered: Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz, Seven Park Place
Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz, who oversees a list rich in Burgundy as head sommelier at Seven Park Place in St James’s, reveals why he isn’t a fan of natural wines, where in the world he has chosen to make his own wines, and how a bottle of Château Lafleur 1982 left him lost for words.
Unfiltered: Sandra Bein, Mere
Sandra Bein, head sommelier at Monica Galetti’s Mere restaurant in London, once shared a bottle of 1916 Chateau Climens with a customer, dislikes orange wine, and loves Riesling with scallops.
Unfiltered: Sabrina Manolio, Margot
Sabrina Manolio, head sommelier at London’s Margot, offers some sage advice for the aspiring sommelier, shares her most embarrassing front-of-house blunder involving a famous singer and how a sip of 1990 Cheval Blanc set her on the path to sommellerie.
Unfiltered: Sandia Chang, Bubbledogs
Sommelier Sandia Chang, founder of Champagne and hotdog restaurant Bubbledogs, reveals her ultimate Champagne vintage, the historic wine region she just can’t get along with and most-hated customer habit.
Unfiltered: Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche
Rémi Cousin, head sommelier at Le Gavroche, reveals his former life as a Rugby player, the wine that led him down the path of sommellerie and his most memorable customer encounter, with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Unfiltered: Ronan Sayburn MS, 67 Pall Mall
Ronan Sayburn MS regales WLC with tales of marriage proposals gone awry, his former life as a driving instructor, a bottle of 1900 Margaux and orange Margaritas with Paul McCartney.
Unfiltered: Christophe Lecoufle, Les 110 de Taillevent
Christopher Lecoufle, head sommelier at Les 110 de Taillevent, on his greatest culinary inspiration, what customer habit really winds him up, and his previous life as a fireman.
Unfiltered: Didier Catelo, Medlar
Didier Catelo, head sommelier and wine buyer of Medlar in Chelsea, reveals his least favourite grape variety and why a Muslim women who did not drink was his most memorable customer.
Unfiltered: Gino Nardella MS, The Game Bird
Master Sommelier Gino Nardella has worked at The Stafford in London for over 40 years. Here, he reveals his favourite post-work tipple, his love of mathematics and a penchant for a very particular bottle of 2010 Rioja.
Unfiltered: Laure Patry, Social Wine & Tapas
Laure Patry, executive head sommelier at Social Wine & Tapas, part of chef Jason Atherton’s Social Group, reveals her love for Palo Cortado and hard cheese, and how she once served the band U2.
Unfiltered: Clement Robert MS, 28°-50°
Clement Robert MS, group head sommelier and wine buyer at 28-50, reveals his most embarrassing front-of-house moment and the one grape variety he finds it impossible to get along with.