Our Sommelier of the Month for December 2018 is Lukas Hyner, Head Sommelier at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Lukas has very kindly answered a selection of questions which are below along with his response.
How did you get into the wine industry?
I was a bar waiter working on the cruise line when my colleague resigned as a sommelier in the middle of the cruise. I didn't mind taking over for a couple of days, just whilst waiting for a replacement to arrive, but that never happened, and here we are 15 years later!
Why do you enjoy using Riedel glassware within your restaurant?
Riedel glasses help us to create a dining experience, the guests recognize the quality and Sommelier are confident serving in them knowing the wine will be showing well.
What reactions do you get from customers when you serve their wines in different varietal specific glasses?
People are interested why, it very often breaks the ice while talking to the guests.
Have your guests been impressed with our new range of Performance stemware?
We are using the Champagne glass from the Riedel Performance range and it makes everyone happy including us Sommeliers, it performs well, love the size.
What has been your greatest wine experience to date?
I still remember my first glass of Lagrein while working in South Tyrol, I hadn’t been Sommelier at that time but I'm sure that's where the seed was planted.
What has been your biggest wine faux pas?
Serving wrong wine to wrong table while the other table is watching you, it happened once or twice, not a great feeling.