Mark Slaney previously worked as head sommellier for Lucknam Park Hotel and recently published a book on wine

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Mark Slaney on the Horseshoe, wine and a life in hospitality

By Carina Perkins

Mark Slaney was practically born into the hospitality sector – his parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents were hoteliers. He worked as restaurant manager, head of dining, events manager, head sommelier and consultant before joining the Horseshoe...

Xavier Rousset, co-owner of Texture and 28-50

Xavier Rousset: Pearls of Wisdom

By Joe Lutrario

Certified as a master sommelier at just 23 years old, Frenchman Xavier Rousset now co-owns Michelin-starred restaurant Texture in Mayfair, London and wine-focused mini chain 28°-50°.

Yohann Jousselin, last year's winner of the AFWS Sommelier of the Year competition pictured with judges

AFWS UK Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

By Luke Nicholls

The Acadamy of Food and Wine service (AFWS) has this week launched its 2012 UK Sommelier of the Year competition and is calling for sommeliers and wine waiters nationwide to test their knowledge and skills by entering.