Unfiltered: Alessandro Giani, Angler
Alessandro Giani, head sommelier at London’s Angler, on getting into wine via an Italian Sunday roast, and pairing mackerel tartare with Müller-Thurgau from Luxembourg.
Unfiltered: Lucy Ward, Wilder
Head sommelier of London’s Wilder, Lucy Ward, on serving Nebbiolo to Pierce Brosnan and her ultimate food and wine pairing.
Unfiltered: Andrés Rangel, Gymkhana
Andrés Rangel, assistant head sommelier of London’s Gymkhana, on moving from rugby to wine and pairing tandoori masala lamp chops and Côte-Rôtie.
Unfiltered: Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant
Savvas Symeonidis, head sommelier of Mayfair’s Goodman Restaurant on moving from medicine to wine, customers that prefer apps to sommeliers, and a first day on the job he’d rather forget.
Unfiltered: Jenny Pagoni, Ampéli
Jenny Pagoni, restaurant director of Greek newcomer Ampéli, on her journey to hospitality via cinematography, an embarrassing encounter with an okra salad, and the perfect match for retsina.
Unfiltered: Wayve Kolevsohn, Ellerman House
Wayve Kolevsohn, head sommelier of Cape Town’s Ellerman House, on carving out new territory in South Africa, her desire to be a winemaker, and fainting in the middle of a restaurant.
Unfiltered: Gaetano Giangaspero, City Social
Gaetano Giangaspero, head sommelier at City Social, on falling in love with red Burgundy, growing grapes on Mount Everest and his favourite food and wine pairing.
Unfiltered: Beatrice Bessi, Chiltern Firehouse
Beatrice Bessi, head sommelier of Chiltern Firehouse, on becoming a sommelier by way of computer science and statistics, being a mind reader, and a memorable encounter with Robert De Niro.
Unfiltered: Svetoslav Manolev MS, Ormer
Svetoslav Manolev MS, head sommelier of London’s Ormer, on moving from economics to wine, serving boxer Wladimir Klitschko and why he loves working in London.
Unfiltered: Zareh Mesrobyan, Cliveden House
Zareh Mesrobyan, head sommelier of Cliveden House, on an expensive wine mix-up, serving Friends star Lisa Kudrow, and his favourite part of his job.
Unfiltered: Shaun McCarron, The Little Chartroom
Shaun McCarron, co-owner of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh, on drinking a special bottle of 1988 Cheval Blanc, his admiration of chef Gary Usher, and accidentally spraying himself in the face with vintage Champagne mid-service.