Unfiltered: Fabrizio de Fenzo, Ristorante Frescobaldi
Fabrizio De Fenzo, head sommelier at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair, set out on his path to becoming a sommelier at the tender age of 16, working at L’Anima, Sartoria and Petrus before finding a home at Frescobaldi.
Guilty pleasures: Jan Konetzki
In the next instalment of our Guilty Pleasures series, we speak to German-born Jan Konetzki, Director of Wine at London’s Four Seasons Hotel.
Khan: The restaurant industry can be quite isolating
Asma Khan, the first British chef to appear in the popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, has admitted that working in the restaurant industry “can be quite isolating”.
Unfiltered: Alex Freguin, Moor Hall
This year’s Taittinger Sommelier of the Year explains what being a sommelier means to him, shares the mortifying moment he spilt a glass of red wine over a bride, and why Manzanilla with a plate of anchovies is heaven on earth.
Gaetano Farucci named head chef at Le Gavroche
Michel Roux Jr has named 29-year-old Gaetano Farucci as the head chef of the two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche in Mayfair, following the departure of former head chef Diego Ferrari.
Unfiltered: Melanie Brown, The Providores and NZ Wine Cellar
Melanie Brown, wine buyer for New Zealand restaurant The Providores and the founder of independent retailer The NZ Cellar, on learning to use a corkscrew, dreams of Anthony Bourdain, and how a bottle of Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay cemented her love of wine.
Unfiltered: Honey Spencer, Nuala
Sommelier at London hotspot Nuala explains how a sick sommelier helped get her start in wine, why Trousseau is her marmite grape, and how the earth stopped turning upon tasting a certain Champagne while backpacking in New Zealand.
Unfiltered: Isabelle Legeron MW
A staunch advocate of natural wine, Isabelle Legeron founded RAW Wine in 2012, which has grown to become the world’s largest community of low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers. Here, she shares her unconventional path in wine, and details of her her new venture, the London-based wine bar Neptune.
Unfiltered: Stefan Neumann MS
Dinner’s director of wine tells WLC about getting tongue tied when serving Angelina Jolie, spilling fish sauce on one of his diner’s heads, and an unforgettable dinner in Cadiz involving lashings of Krug.
Unfiltered: Stefan Neumann MS, Dinner by Heston
Dinner’s head sommelier tells WLC about getting tongue tied when serving Angelina Jolie, spilling fish sauce on one of his diner’s heads, and an unforgettable dinner in Cadiz involving lashings of Krug.
Unfiltered: Nicola Perrone, Orrery
Italian-born Nicola Perrone, head sommelier at French neighbourhood restaurant Orrery in Marylebone, explains how his wine list is “his baby” and reveals that the one wine he can’t get along with hails from his motherland.
Unfiltered: Neleen Strauss, High Timber
Neleen Strauss, the formidable owner of South African city spot High Timber, speaks to WLC on serving Oprah Winfrey, the joy of a plate of anchovies with a glass of Albarino, and an altercation with a Texan who had a knack for opening a bottle of wine with a handgun.