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Meet The Wine Experts of Connaught Village

Discover the essential wines you need to know about, along with some unusual pairings to try at your dinner party, as suggested by Connaught Village's wine experts.

DAVID, DIRECTOR AT CONNAUGHT WINE CELLARS
David's career in the wine world started in 2010 when he established wine investment company IG Wines, following his life-long passion. He opened Connaught Wine Cellars in 2017, in response to the high demand for tastings and rare imports from his customers. 
 
Which essential wines should be in every wine rack?
Not to state the classic aged Bordeaux, I would say that there are some fantastic versatile wines from the Rhone area in France. Depending on your budget, I would recommend either a Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote Rotie or a Saint Joseph.

Any unique food and wine pairings that you recommend?
I’ve tried many surprising combinations but the one that struck me most was realising how Rosé wine pairs perfectly with seafood in all shapes and forms. A proper Rosé like a Bandol from Provence is a match made in heaven with lobster bisque or fish soup.

You’re re-incarnated as a wine, what wine are you?
It would definitely be a Bordeaux. However, thinking about my personality, I would be a Mouton Rothschild 1982 vintage.

STEFANIA, SOMMELIER AT SPIRITED WINES 
Stefania is a qualified Sommelier with the Italian Sommelier Association. She moved to London in 2002, working at the Sheraton Park Tower 5* in Knightsbridge and Michelin-starred restaurant Kai Mayfair before becoming Manager at Spirited Wines in 2013. 

Which essential wines should be in every wine rack?
In my opinion, every wine rack should have at least a couple of wines from around the world including New World labels as well as organic and biodynamic wines.

Any unique food and wine pairings that you recommend? 
With my background as a Sommelier at Michelin-starred restaurant Kai Mayfair, I would recommend a bottle of Petrus 1985 accompanied by Wasabi Prawns and Lobster Poaches Noodles.

You're re-incarnated as a wine, what wine are you?
I come from Tuscany and all the wines there are fully bodied so I would definitely be a typical Tuscan wine such as Sassicaia and Barco Reale di Carmingnano. 

GAETANO, BAR MANAGER AT STUZZICO
Born and bred in Naples, Gaetano started his career as a coffee maker before becoming a bartender in 2008. He moved to London in 2015 and since then he's been working at Stuzzico, where he curates the restaurant's wine selection. 

Which essential wines should be in every wine rack?
Being able to choose amongst a great variety of Italian grapes and labels, I think that in every wine rack there should be at least a Gavi, a Brunello, a Chianti, a Barolo and a couple of Tuscany blends such as Tignanello, Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

Any unique food and wine pairings that you recommend? 
I would normally recommend classical pairings such as Truffle and Barolo, Fiorentina and Chianti, Seafood and Falanghina, although I actually think I still haven’t tried the best food pairing yet.

You're re-incarnated as a wine, what wine are you?
If I were a wine I would probably be a table wine, like we say in Italy “Farmer’s Wine” - simple, a bit sparkling and not too structured, one that everyone likes. 

RHUARIDH, OWNER OF BUCHANANS CHEESEMONGER 
Rhuaridh's passion for cheese and wine became his vocation in 2006 after 10 years of restaurant experience culminating in management positions with Michelin-starred restaurant Martin Wishart and The Royal Scotsman Train by The Orient Express. He established Buchanans Cheesemonger in April 2014, where he periodically runs cheese and wine tasting masterclasses. 

Which essential wines should be in every wine rack?
There are probably many different ideas of what constitutes the essential wine rack, but as a cheesemonger I always like to have a few bottles that pair well with cheese. The best all-rounder for cheese is a full-bodied white, such as a Chardonnay with a bit of oakiness. The Tissot Patchwork Chardonnay from the Jura, France is a favourite of mine.

Any unique food and wine pairings that you recommend?
Most people don’t think of drinking sparkling wine with cheese, but in a recent tasting we discovered that a Blanc de Blancs Champagne or full-bodied fizz like our Badoz Crémant du Jura are great all-round matches to cheese.

You’re re-incarnated as a wine, what wine are you?
I think I would have to come back as a Badoz Vin Jaune - a slightly sherry-like, oxidated wine from the Jura region in France which is one of my favourite regions for both wine and cheese.

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