☆ Which year or decade do you wish you’d been born in and why?
I really enjoy the year of my birth, 1976, and it was a great vintage for both Champagne and Burgundy.
☆ How old were you when you had your first wine ‘moment’ and what was it?
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that loves food and wine. I was seven years old when I had my first tasting experience, with a Cabernet Sauvignon.
☆ How many bottles do you have in your cellar and what is your most recent addition?
A selection of 300 bottles. My most recent addition is a case of Bassermann-Jordan ‘Riesling Kalkofen GG’ 2011.
☆ How many years have you been working in the wine industry and what was your first job?
I have been working as a professional sommelier for the last 10 years; however, I’ve been working in restaurants ever since finishing my studies in hospitality.
☆ Which wine do you wish you’d bought a whole case of?
Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein’s ‘Winninger Uhlen’ Riesling 1999!
☆ In the last 12 months, which grape have you drunk the most of?
☆ In the last 12 months, what’s the most exciting region you’ve discovered or re-discovered and why?
I found an exciting a region located northwest Spain called Ribeira Sacra. The white wines, made from the native variety Godello, combine opulence, minerality and freshness, and are an ideal match for various foods.
☆ Who’s your wine idol (who has inspired you the most in the wine world)?
Gerard Basset MS MW! He’s a passionate, driven sommelier, with an endless thirst for knowledge.
☆ What’s your most memorable wine and food moment?
Matching foie gras with a dry wine. To reveal the harmony of the opposing ingredient demands knowledge and passion.
☆ If you could taste/drink any wine in the world what would it be and who would you drink it with?
A mature German Riesling with my partner.
☆ What’s the highest number of wines you’ve had on one of your wine lists?
At Greenhouse Restaurant we have a wine list with 3,600 references from around the world.
☆ What is the oldest bottle of wine you’ve served?
Leacock’s Bual Madeira 1934.