I have worked in some of the best restaurants in Virginia. I know very well that if a restaurant is to be a success, then quality is the key, and customers will pay if they believe that they are receiving high quality of food, wine and service.
An important part of my work is to manage both the wine list and also train staff in understanding wine and serving it to customers at the highest standard. I am completely flexible in my approach, depending on the needs of the restaurant and the staff already in place. I may work in partnership with an established sommelier or restaurant manager to discuss and try out new ideas, or I may help to establish these roles, particularly in a new establishment. I can also design and deliver a comprehensive training programme for staff.
For a restaurant or hotel group, for example, I can look after the “Master Wine List”. If necessary, I will improve the selection of wine currently on offer, by bringing to the list the maximum of quality wines with style and personality, within the different price bands. A good wine list is always unique and different from the run-of-the-mill list, with more interest and a good balance.
I can also provide training for employees covering all the essentials, at the highest standard and customised for the philosophy of the restaurant or group. The training will cover the development of the key areas of wine knowledge, including tasting, and wine service, such as communication, decanting and serving. I will provide a training pack so that each new member of staff can be included and brought up to the required standard.