Our Sommelier of the month for March 2016 is Daniel David Davies, a Sommelier at The Dog and Badger. Daniel has very kindly answered a selection of questions which are below along with his response.
How did you get into the wine industry?
My journey started in hospitality at a young age and I was always around wine but never really noticed my potential in the subject, after completing college on the restaurant service side. My real wine journey started over at Cliveden house in Berkshire where I joined as a commis waiter but in little over a month I was offered the position of Commis Sommelier. As a teetotaller at the time this was a surprising offer but the Head Sommelier at the time persuaded me that appreciating fine wine would change my mind (and my life). After just a few months I fell in love with the subject, you could say I got the ‘wine bug’ and of course I wasn’t tea total anymore!
Why do you enjoy using Riedel glassware within your hotel/restaurant?
I enjoy Riedel glassware for many reasons, the first is that they are visually impressive, guests often comment on how nice they look. The second reason is that they are really good quality glass and you really feel this when you drink from them and the third reason is that they are perfectly designed for different grape varieties meaning that the wine sits really well in the glasses.
What reaction do you get from customers when you serve their wines in different varietal specific glasses?
Guests are very impressed when I tell them that different glasses suit different wines sometimes I pour the same wine in different glasses to show the guests how much of a difference it makes. Needless to say they are usually overwhelmed and impressed by the differences
What’s been your biggest ‘wine’ faux pas?
I was decanting a wine stand that was a little low and as I took the cork out some of the red wine went on the gentleman’s jacket but luckily he dabbed it off and it wasn’t a problem. Needless to say it wasn’t a white jacket.
What’s been the funniest ‘wine’ moment in your career?
One of the funniest moments was when a wine supplier came to see me with some American wines. He didn’t say the grape variety so I asked and his response was Vinfera. I believe he meant Riesling!