“The world of wine is a wonderful world: every time you uncork a bottle it gives you the chance to travel to its origins.”
How does one become a sommelier?
The Master Sommelier Diploma is the most important title in the world of wine and the most difficult exam there is. There are 4 levels, Introductory, Certified, Advanced and the last and most difficult, Master Sommelier Diploma of which there are only around 200 people in the world. Last year I prepared for the Advanced Exam, which is the third level and the one before the Master Sommelier Diploma.
What’s involved in the examination process?
The exam consists of three parts, a theoretical one, and then a practical where there is a fictional restaurant with several tables and you are put in several different situations and the last is a blind tasting. There are six glasses, three whites and three reds and you have 25 minutes to perform a spoken analysis of the six wines and give a final conclusion of what is in each glass. You have to know the country, region, grape, vintage and quality.
How would you describe the role of a sommelier?
For me, a good sommelier above all has to be humble and communicate in an easy way to bring the wine to the customer, and not the other way around. I aim to change the perception that the sommelier is a bit intimidating and talks to you with difficult technical words and always tries to sell you the most expensive bottle.