Our Sommelier of the month for September 2017 is Richard Muldowney at Le Talbooth Restaurant. Richard has very kindly answered a selection of questions which are below along with his response.
How did you get into the wine industry?
From a very young age I fell into the industry and fell in love with it whilst studying at college – then I went on to complete first a diploma and then my BA in Hospitality Management alongside working for MH&R. I have progressed quickly through the company into a senior position benefiting from working with the top goods and products along the way.
Why do you enjoy using Riedel glassware within your hotel/restaurant?
Beautiful range of glassware to suit all needs at many different levels of dining. The shout out elegance to the guest which is very important in an establishment such as Le Talbooth.
What reaction do you get from customers when you serve their wines in different varietal specific glasses?
When changing the glassware dependant on wine selection creates theatre at the table and the sense of professionalism and knowledge amongst the establishment which is highly though of by guests. Guests love the variety of glassware and frequently we can educate them in “why” we have done so.
What has been your biggest ‘wine’ faux pas?
Getting the incorrect Bin no of a white burgundy and opening something for £450 per bottles instead of £35! That was some expensive staff training!
Pouring wine at the table and picking up the wrong bottle (serving someone else’s wine to the incorrect guest).
What’s been the funniest ‘wine’ moment in your career?
Opening Champagne for a drinks reception on a hot day and the bottle exploded on me and down my grey trousers in a very suspicious looking location! – Very embarrassing but made everyone laugh very much!
What is your favourite wine that you are currently serving?
Hard decision but a couple of highlights currently -
White – 2014 Pouilly-Fume Triptygue, Alain Caibourdin and 2013 Pinot Noir 'Blanc de Noirs', Martin's Lane, Crouch Valley, England - WOW
Red – 2010 Nicolas Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina