Job title: Sommelier
In a London restaurant Murano in Covent Garden, the area known from meetings of artists, musicians and people connected with art, Anna Botting, was appointed as the Head Sommelier. Her history begun in Poland where she was studying sociology at University of Szczeciń, at the same time training her oenological knowledge on the boards of luxury ships. She has been living in Italy, France and Spain, where she was developing a deep appreciation for different wine styles and grapes. Her knowledge and ‘nose’ was appreciated by the top British restaurants including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons where she was working. Anna has some serious credibility and a contagious enthusiasm for great wine.
Wine in Car Boot
One more specialist can be found in London. It is Ruth Spivey. After 10 years of travelling the world as a fashion model, Ruth started a new career in restaurants working for Anthony Demetre and Will Smith (Arbutus/Wild Honey). WSET exams followed whilst also working around the wine trade – in independent wine retail, on trade and supply and as an in house buyer. Turning freelance in early 2013, Ruth set up the speed tasting night Flight Club, and her street food wine bar, Street Vin. The same year she created and launched the popular bi-annual consumer tasting Wine Car Boot, to promote London’s independent wine ships. The key to her success is approachability “I always try to use simple language and avoid specialized vocabulary and tasting notes. Everything is based on taste and smell senses but unfortunately not everyone is able to recognize and name each wine.” Ruth also consults on restaurant wine lists, most recently Rotorino, Stevie Parle’s southern Italian restaurant in Dalston, and now CRAFT London, his latest opening on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Stephanie was influenced by her parents involvement in the wine and spirits trade. Like a mother like a daughter – she has become an expert in her field with a breadth of experience around the world. She obtained her WSET qualifications while studying in Lyon, where she also undertook work with a prestigious wine festival in Burgundy. She also took a study of the emerging wine market in India in New Delhi. Since 2009 she has worked with Diageo, originally as a young talent on their European graduate scheme, taking her to the production sites of Zacapa in Guatemala, Don Julio in Mexico and Ketel One in Holland.The quality and heritage of Diageo’s Tanqueray ignited her passion for gin and its history, perfectly positioning her for her current role as Tanqueray Global Brand Ambassador, based in London.
Wine in Spotlight
Julia Oudel was brought up in a picturesque village Pau in France. In a restaurant and hotel owned by her parents she was brought up tasting and discovering wines and food ingredients. During the summers she would work at her mum’s restaurant, which gave her a great insight into how the industry works. In 2009 she was named France’s Best Student Sommelier which gave her the opportunity to work in the top restaurants. Today she looks after the wine for Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in London and Experimental Beach in Ibiza. She often spends time asking guests at the wine bar what kind of things they think they like and making suggestions. CVS also offers great quality wines from independent producers that Julia has found around on her travels around France and further afield. She is underlining that each day is different for her but wherever she is in the world it is always all about the wines.
Delicacy is Power
Recently more women choose the work in wine trade with the obvious advantage for the trade – we take care of wine as for a child, we are not about competing in rivalry as men use to or taking part in wining competitions, medals and other honours. Beside I prefer to be seduced by wine not only see its power – these are the differences in perceiving wine spotted by Delia Viader.