Our Sommelier of the month for August 2017 is Jaroslav Sedlacek at The Tudor Room at Great Fosters. Jaroslav has very kindly answered a selection of questions which are below along with his response.
How did you get into the wine industry?
My interest in wine started whilst I was studying Hospitality Management in Melbourne. I get the chance to work with a few great sommeliers who inspired me and the experience pushed me to take wine more seriously.
Why do you enjoy using Riedel glassware within your restaurant?
I believe that Riedel is like Rolls Royce in the glass industry. In Michelin star restaurants, we are always trying to reach perfection and using Riedel glassware helps us get closer to it.
What reaction do you get from customers when you serve their wines in different varietal specific glasses?
Most of the customers are little shocked but pleasantly surprised at the same time. The majority of them have never heard about varietal specific glasses.
What’s been your greatest wine experience?
I was able to work for Trius Winery in Niagara Falls. I had the opportunity to participate in harvest and witness the whole winemaking process on daily basis. Although I contributed so little, it was amazing to be part of something so big.
What’s been the funniest wine moment in your career?
It is hard to think about something really funny that would be suitable and appropriate at the same time. All I can say is that most of the fun always come hand in hand with trade tasting and wineries.
What’s been your biggest wine faux pas?
At the beginning of my hospitality career, I served bottle of Champagne to two sophisticated ladies in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bottle of Champagne has slipped from my hand, hit the ground and exploded, causing the champagne to end up all over the ladies. One of them had a new Japanese dress on which was worth a fortune. I was a little shaky after the incident but fortunately for me the ladies stayed classy.