Sommelier

Beth Bond The Cottage in the Wood restaurant Cumbria on wine

Uncorked: Beth Bond

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of Cumbria’s The Cottage in the Wood on Chinon-based producer Martine Budé, overseeing a compact list and how Radikon’s Ribolla Gialla changed her palate forever.

Harry Cooper General Manager Counter 71 restaurant London

Uncorked: Harry Cooper

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager of Shoreditch restaurant Counter 71 on Oastbrook Pinot Blanc, matching roast lamb with Schioppetino and why the concept of the Old World should be retired.

Mickael Metayer head sommelier A Wong

Uncorked: Mickael Metayer

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier of London’s A Wong on growing up in the Loire Valley, Raimonds Tomsons and the challenges of matching wines with progressive Chinese cuisine.

Joseph Pelosi head sommelier Belvedere restaurant Holland Park

Uncorked: Joseph Pelosi

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at West London’s Belvedere on Phillipe Bascaules, Tuscan producer Petrolo and not holding on to his last bottle of Sine Qua Non’s Just For The Love Of It.

Natalia Kozlowska head sommelier Studio Frantzen

Uncorked: Natalia Kozlowska

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Studio Frantzén on Christian Tschida, pairing red Burgundy with truffle-based dishes and great value Pauillac.

Tom Slegg manager at The Angel Hotel in Bury St. Edmunds on wine

Uncorked: Tom Slegg

By Joe Lutrario

The manager of The Angel Hotel in Bury St. Edmunds on Lismore’s Samantha O’Keefe, pairing Tetley tea and custard creams, and his time at influential Soho restaurant Arbutus.

Francesca Turra head sommelier Fallow

Uncorked: Francesca Turra

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at London’s Fallow on women in wine, her diverse wine list and the Côte de Beaune-based Domaine Chavy-Chouet.

Daniele Arcangeli Angler restaurant sommelier picks his favourite wines

Uncorked: Daniele Arcangeli

By Joe Lutrario

The Tuscany-born head sommelier at London’s Michelin-starred Angler on legendary Florentine restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri, Clos de Mesnil 1996 and his favourite Chianti Classico producers.

Michele Orbolato head sommelier Thesleff Group Los Mochis and Sale e Pepe

Uncorked: Michele Orbolato

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Los Mochis and Sale e Pepe owner Thesleff Group on Semillon, Angelo Gaja and Patagonia-based producer Matias Riccitelli.

Melody Wong director of wine The Peninsula London

Uncorked: Melody Wong

By Joe Lutrario

The director of wine at The Peninsula London on 1928 Petrus, New Zealand Pinot and and Domaine Henri Jayer’s 1990 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux.

Carousel general manager Joshua Bratt on wine

Uncorked: Joshua Bratt

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager of Fitzrovia‘s Carousel on Black Country Ale, designing a wine pairing for a different chef and menu each week and the Loire’s Domaine du Collier.

Phill Morgan sommelier at Soho Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo

Uncorked: Phill Morgan

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Soho stalwart Bocca di Lupo on exploding magnums of Cristal, Montalcino-based producer Gorelli and how he respects anyone that can 'turn grape juice into a broad smile'.

Bowie Tsang head sommelier Taku restaurant Mayfair

Uncorked: Bowie Tsang

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Mayfair omakase restaurant Taku on his love of German Riesling, Fitzrovia’s Noize and pairing sake with cheese.

Martina Marini founder and sommelier Rolling Grapes

Uncorked: Martina Marini

By Joe Lutrario

The founder and sommelier at Holloway wine bar Rolling Grapes on Isabelle Legeron, Savoie’s Domaine Bruno Lupin and why Sherry still doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Sarah Williams group F&B manager at Firmdale Hotels on wine

Uncorked: Sarah Williams

By Joe Lutrario

The group F&B manager at Firmdale Hotels on Tenerife’s Suertes del Marqués, women working in wine and refusing to stock Prosecco.

Eugenio Egorov head sommelier The Stafford London

Uncorked: Eugenio Egorov

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at The Stafford London on Weingut Ignaz Niedrist, avoiding boring pairings and Argentine asado.

Dan Warham head sommelier Limewood

Uncorked: Dan Warham

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Hampshire’s Limewood on Fera at Claridge’s, Rioja-based winemaker Jose Gil and an unfortunate incident with a bottle of Chateau Grillet.

The team behind London restaurants Crispin and Bar Crispin have taken on the old Oklava site to launch Bistro Freddie

Latest opening: Bistro Freddie

By James McAllister

The team behind London restaurants Crispin and Bar Crispin have taken on the old Oklava site to launch a new bistro concept.

Uncorked: Stuart Skea

Uncorked: Stuart Skea

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Edinburgh’s recently launched Lyla on serving explosive bottles of Champagne, the most overused tasting notes, and the best wine to pair with roast lamb.

Louise Gordon head of wine Hand Picked Hotels

Uncorked: Louise Gordon

By Joe Lutrario

The newly appointed head of wine at Hand Picked Hotels on Blank Bottle, the concept of dryness and getting herself into a sticky situation with some Pedro Ximenez.

Jason Bligh director of Chester's Upstairs at The Grill

Uncorked: Jason Bligh

By Joe Lutrario

The director of Chester’s Upstairs at The Grill on Xavier Rousset, Californian wine and a mishap with a bottle of 1988 Dom Ruinart Blanc des Blancs.

Ryosuke Mashio sommelier Roketsu restaurant

Uncorked: Ryosuke Mashio

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Marylebone’s Roketsu on Château Mouton Rothschild, pairing prosciutto with warm sake and why people should give Japanese wines a chance.

Rémy Baben general manager Wild Honey St James on wine

Uncorked: Rémy Baben

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager and resident wine buff at Wild Honey St James on the often under-appreciated wines of Languedoc-Roussillon, Jancis Robinson, and his restaurant’s exacting approach to the Negroni.

Marie Konecny Dardel head sommelier The Vineyard hotel Berkshire

Uncorked: Marie Konecny Dardel

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at The Vineyard in Berkshire on Californian producer David Swift Phinney, Comté and Vin Jaune and her hotel’s famed 3,000-reference cellar.

Biba Majumdarr-Swift restaurant manager Bench Sheffield

Uncorked: Biba Majumdarr-Swift

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at Sheffield’s Bench on Baja California producer Bichi, Hula Hoops and her restaurant's policy of ordering from a different wine supplier each week.

Matthew Deller restaurant manager Caravel London on wine

Uncorked: Matthew Deller

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at barge-based London restaurant Caravel on Mozzarella Dippers, wine in keg and spilling red wine on a priceless kimono.

Six restaurant wine trends including wine in kegs and the squeezed middle

Six restaurant wine trends

By Joe Lutrario

Including Vivino warriors, wine list polarisation, the reappraisal of classic European regions and the return of the little black book.

Steph Robertson head of wine at Restaurant Associates

Uncorked: Steph Robertson

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Restaurant Associates on David Galetti, Bolney Wine Estate and creating a wine list that has something for everyone.

Matthew Davison head sommelier Moor Hall

Uncorked: Matthew Davison

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Lancashire’s Moor Hall on having an 'adverse' reaction to Pinotage, Laurent Richet and a list that has something for everyone.

 Alasdair MacLeod sommelier Banca di Roma

Uncorked: Alasdair MacLeod

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Glasgow’s Banca di Roma on Allegrini, Grand Cru Chablis, Ronan Sayburn and his exclusively-Italian list.

Alex Preston sommelier Isaac At and Embers

Uncorked: Alex Preston

By Joe Lutrario

The well-known Brighton sommelier that now oversees the list at Embers on Koshu, Artelium and creating the country’s first exclusively-English wine list at Isaac At.

Chloe Hicks wine manager Hawksmoor Manchester

Uncorked: Chloe Hicks

By Joe Lutrario

The wine manager at Hawksmoor Manchester on banning the word ‘juice’, California’s Paul Lato and her restaurant's now legendary 'Le Pin incident'.

Gavin Hills wine director and assistant restaurant manager at Marlow's The Hand & Flowers

Uncorked: Gavin Hills

By Joe Lutrario

The wine director and assistant restaurant manager at Marlow’s The Hand & Flowers on Lismore Estate’s Samantha O’Keefe, Uruguayan Tannat blends and poor wine chilling technique.

Johanna Cole restaurant manager at Edinburgh restaurant Eleanore

Uncorked: Johanna Cole

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at Edinburgh’s Eleanore on Melbourne, the whites of Savoie and Burgundy producer Athanais Beru.

Vincenzo Arnese director of wine at Raffles London at The OWO

Uncorked: Vincenzo Arnese

By Joe Lutrario

The director of wine at Raffles London at The OWO on Diego Masciaga, Champagne showers and his mission to highlight wineries that are following sustainable practices.

OPSO, INO and Kima co-founder Andreas Labridis on Greek restaurants and wine

Uncorked: Andreas Labridis

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of London Greek restaurants OPSO, INO, Pittabun and the upcoming Kima on Greek wine, screwcap mishaps and Petrus.

Elizabeth Mellish sommelier Gleneagles Townhouse

Uncorked: Elizabeth Mellish

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Edinburgh’s Gleneagles Townhouse on Jancis Robinson, Emidio Pepe and Catalonia’s Alella DO.

Jonathan Ellson director of food and beverage Woven by Adam Smith

Uncorked: Jonathan Ellson

By Joe Lutrario

The director of food and beverage at Berkshire's Woven by Adam Smith on Sussex winery Rathfinny, the late great Sean Thackrey and over-enthusiastic sales people.

Juliet Doughty head sommelier Elystan Street restaurant Chelsea

Uncorked: Juliet Doughty

By Joe Lutrario

The recently appointed head sommelier at Chelsea's Elystan Street on Olivier Humbrecht MW, 2005 Penfolds, Magill Estate Shiraz and her boss's famed double-baked cheese soufflé.

Will Weir general manager and resident wine expert at Lulu's restaurant in south London

Uncorked: Will Weir

By Joe Lutrario

The GM and resident wine expert at recently opened south London restaurant Lulu’s on Polish producers, Muscadet and his signature late-night beverage.

Allegra Antinori on new London restaurant Cantinetta Antinori

Uncorked: Allegra Antinori

By Joe Lutrario

One of the three 26th generation sisters behind famed Italian winemaker Antinori on Portugal, Chateau Rayas and her family’s upcoming London restaurant Cantinetta Antinori.

Luca Cavallo head sommelier at Marcus Belgravia on how a Tuscan meal sparked his interest in wine

Uncorked: Luca Cavallo

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Marcus Belgravia on how a Tuscan meal sparked his interest in wine, his ultimate food and drink match, and why Portuguese wine is underrated.

Erika Haigh co-founder of London sake shop, bar and restaurant Moto

Uncorked: Erika Haigh

By Joe Lutrario

The sake expert behind London sake shop, bar and restaurant Moto on pairing sake with pizza and the ‘phantom sake’ produced by Nagano’s Obuse Winery.

Jared Svedlund sommelier and restaurant manager La Cave Holborn

Uncorked: Jared Svedlund

By Joe Lutrario

The New Zealand-born somm at Holborn’s La Cave on careless Prime Ministers, Adam Vourvoulis and Lucas and André Rieffel’s Cremant d’Alsace.

Jasper Delamothe founder of Oranj on wine

Uncorked: Jasper Delamothe

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of natural wine retailer and wine bar Oranj on Cabernet Franc and pizza, Anders Frederik Steen and the often overlooked French region of Bugey.

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