Yep. I am finally experiencing how the other half lives.
After years on the “supply side” of the wine business, I have dipped my toes into the wonderful, gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking world of the Sommelier. It’s been a few weeks now, standing in for a few of the sommeliers at Terroniin Los Angeles, and I have to say- this is much harder than I thought it would be!
Working with a list of over 700 wine labels, mostly obscure Italian varietals, in a restaurant run by a guy who would sooner lose a customer than have his kitchen cut their pizza, is no simple task. I am shocked, SHOCKED by how many people come in and ask me for a glass of Cabernet. Or a buttery Chardonnay, you say? oh. no.
My favorite Sardo @Terroni.
Have a become so out of touch with the every-day consumer that I don’t know how very little I know? Have I spent so much time around the 2% of the population who drink Grignolino and Erbaluce and Nerello Mascalese like water that I am blind to the real-world-situation for Italian wine? These are the trenches. We are fighting for our lives out here!
We have some work to do- and trust me, it’s not all self-serving. The People Need Vino Italiano. You think you like your Napa Cabernet… but you don’t even know how much you’re going to fall in love with this Aglianico from Basilicata.