Our Sommelier of the month for March 2017 is Andre Luis Martins, Head Sommelier at Cavalry and Guards Club. Andre has very kindly answered a selection of questions which are below along with his response.
How did you get into the wine industry?
My grandparents have their own vineyards in the north of Portugal so from a very young age I helped the family work in vineyards as well as the routine farming. Just before turning 16 I had my first contact with hospitality by starting as a waiter then I became a barman shortly after. About 11 years ago I moved to London and then in 2008 I joined the Royal Automobile Club as the Cellar Master in the Epsom Club House and there my journey into the world of wines and the deep love affair started.
Why do you enjoy using Riedel glassware within your Club?
Using Riedel glasses gives me the guarantee and confidence that each wine we serve in the club restaurant is showing is full potential of aromas and taste profile.
What reaction do you get from customers when you serve their wines in different varietal specific glasses?
Using each varietal glasses is an improvement to each of the wines. The reaction of the guest is very positive. Most of the guests ask me to explain the reasons why we have different glasses, so I explain and sometimes I use different varieties of glass to show the difference in the aromas and tasting profile of each grape.
What has been your biggest ‘wine’ faux pas?
I had just arrived in London and it was one of my first nights out; I discovered Krug and Red Bull in a bar in Soho. I was without words!