Educating Sommeliers Worldwide.
By Beverage Trade Network
Franco Fortunati has been a part of the hospitality industry for 19 years and holds great knowledge about wines and spirits. Being certified with an Italian Sommelier Diploma in 2006, he has worked as a Head Sommelier for many renowned restaurants in Rome and London. He has been associated as a Sommelier with Murano, a Michelin Star Restaurant in London, for almost 7 years now.
I started in 2003 in Rome as a waiter then I did my Italian Sommelier Diploma in 2006. I moved to London in 2011 and started to work as Assistant Head Sommelier in L’Anima, a restaurant in London city. I took the position of Head Sommelier from 2012 till 2014. Later, I moved to a Michelin star restaurant City Social as an Assistant Head Sommelier and in 2016 I moved to Murano as Assistant Head Sommelier.
I am an Assistant Head Sommelier. I assist the Head Sommelier during the service and help with all the duties related to wines. It includes curating the wine list, taking wine orders, tasting new wines, selecting wine by the glass, and assisting the junior team to increase their skills and background.
What are the results you want to achieve and find a common line between a satisfying customer and the restaurant owner.
They can offer deals for wines by the glass, help in training our staff and organize wine dinners for customers.
1. Focus on the service
2. Make every customer happy
3. Smile even if its a busy day
Customer demand is a very important aspect while selecting a new wine as it becomes an easy selling point. Other than that I prefer a wine with the least environmental impact and something that is sustainable and comes from a small producer.
Someone who is keen to learn is open-minded to a new product and focuses on customer feedback.
Sales, Stock Rotation, Customer Feedback, and the Sommelier Team Feedback
White wine - A Loire Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre Les Monts Damnes Francois Cotat
Red Wine - Brunello Di Montalcino Pian Dell'orino
Not necessary, I think that sometimes you tend to overpay for a wine just for the Producer’s Name or the Appellation
The best part would be the continuous research for a New Product and the Producer. While the worst part is when the customer returns a bottle of wine that you have suggested.
Fiorentina Beef Steak with Brunello Di Montalcino
Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese as grape varieties. Countries in demand are Italy, France, and mostly the New World.
Source: Hot Dinners
Header Image Source: The Sommelier Collective
Interviewed By Prithvi Nagpal, Editor & Sommelier, Beverage Trade Network