DWWA 2013 Southern Italy Judging Panel
Wine Director of three Michelin-starred Le Calandre restaurant, Angelo Sabbadin was born and raised outside the city of Padua in north-eastern Italy. His interest in wine began when he was stationed in the hills outside Gorizia, close to the Slovenian boarder, where he fell in love first with the vineyards and consequently with the local wines. After working as a sommelier for twenty years in many of Padua’s top restaurants, Angelo joined the wine team at Le Calandre in 2006 and gradually worked his way up from Cellar Manager to Wine Buyer for all six of the Alajmo family restaurants, including Gran Caffe & Ristorante Quadri in St. Mark’s Square, Venice. In January 2010, Angelo revolutionized the wine list at Le Calandre, organizing it by grape variety rather than region, and formatting for the iPad. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed as he was named Sommelier of the Year in 2011 in Italy’s Espresso Wine Guide.