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Giacomo Recchia senior sommelier at Bob Bob Ricard City

Uncorked: Giacomo Recchia

By Joe Lutrario

The Puglia-born senior sommelier at Bob Bob Ricard City on catching the wine bug in Languedoc-Roussillon, Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix and presiding over one of the best value wine lists in the capital.

Sam Weatherill restaurant manager and sommelier at Etch restaurant in Hove

Uncorked: Sam Weatherill

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager (and wine guru) at Hove’s Etch on the joys of battered oysters with Vecchio Samperi and being mistaken for his boss.

Matilda Tsappis Killiecrankie House

Uncorked: Matilda Tsappis

By Joe Lutrario

One half of the duo behind Scotland's Killiecrankie House on championing Chinese wine, peculiar sakes and matching Champagne with Co-op salt and vinegar crisps.

l'Enclume sommelier Valentin Mouillard

Uncorked: Valentin Mouillard

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Simon Rogan's flagship L'Enclume on being the grandson of a winemaker in Jura, Austrian natural winemaker Johannes Zillinger and why muscadet needs to be reappraised.

Emily Acha Derrington head of wine Manteca Italian restaurant London

Uncorked: Emily Acha Derrington

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Manteca raises a glass to the women that juggle working in wine and restaurants with young families.

Photo credit: Marie-Paule Herman

Uncorked: Marie-Paule Herman

By Joe Lutrario

The group sommelier and senior ops manager at Maximal Concepts on her wine list at the recently launched The Aubrey and her love of riesling and Champagne.

Jules Bensacq 28 50 wine restaurant

Uncorked: Jules Bensacq

By Joe Lutrario

The Bordeaux-born group head sommelier at 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen studied viticulture at Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes and has worked alongside some of France’s best known winemakers.

Sommelier Sarah Wright on her wine list at The Mulwray in Soho

Uncorked: Sarah Wright

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at The Mulwray on presiding over one of London’s most eclectic lists and why the concept of Old World versus New World wine should be ditched.

Giorgio Scavarelli sommelier of The Beaumont’s The Colony Grill Room

Uncorked: Giorgio Scavarelli

By Joe Lutrario

Hailing from the rolling hills of Piedmont, the sommelier of The Beaumont’s The Colony Grill Room has overseen a major expansion of a hitherto Old World and North America-focused wine list.

Isa Bal master sommelier at London restaurant Trivet

Uncorked: Isa Bal

By Joe Lutrario

The recent recipient of Michelin’s Sommelier Award on his chronologically organised wine list and Burgundy's Domaine Henri Naudin Ferrand.

Daniel Alvarado general manager at Dinings SW3 on his restaurant wine list

Uncorked: Daniel Alvarado

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager at Dinings SW3 on Pétrus 1982, South African Chenin Blanc and spilling Burgundy on somebody's Louboutins.

Matt Varona beverage manager at MJMK restaurants on his wine list at Kol

Uncorked: Matt Varona

By Joe Lutrario

The beverage manager at MJMK on his wine list at progressive Mexican restaurant Kol, the New Old World and ‘Roman slave juice’.

Uncorked with Milena De Waele head of wine at Park Row and Monarch Theatre Batman restaurant Soho

Uncorked: Milena De Waele

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Park Row and Monarch Theatre, the fully immersive DC-inspired multi-faceted restaurant and bar venue in London's Soho, discusses her career.

Ben McVeigh sommelier and co-founder of Peckham Cellars on wine

Uncorked: Ben McVeigh

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier and co-founder of Peckham Cellars on Hardy's Crest Shiraz, Alsace's André Ostertag and why we should all raise a glass to independent wine importers.

Chanel Owen head sommelier Pied à Terre

Uncorked: Chanel Owen

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Fitzrovia stalwart Pied à Terre discusses her love for vintage Champagne and the wines of Slovenian producer Peter Gönc.

Luca Dusi owner of Shoreditch Italian wine bar and restaurant Passione Vino

Uncorked: Luca Dusi

By Joe Lutrario

The Italian wine maestro behind Shoreditch’s Passione Vino on the importance of working with the right vignerons and his love of Italian cheeses paired with French whites.

Danny Murray Sommelier A Wong Chinese restaurant London

Uncorked: Danny Murray

By Joe Lutrario

Brought up in Edinburgh, Murray has overseen the wine programme for the likes of Berners Tavern and Bentley’s and now curates the list at Victoria’s A Wong.

Gino Nardella Master Sommelier The Stafford London hotel

Uncorked: Gino Nardella

By Joe Lutrario

The Master Sommelier has overseen the cellar at The Stafford London for 35 years. He retires next year but will stay on at the St James's hotel in a mentoring and ambassadorial role.

Leti Narraci head of wine Eataly London

Uncorked: Leti Narraci

By Joe Lutrario

The Puglia-born head of wine at Eataly London courts controversy by declaring her love for New World wine and opting for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti for her last meal.

James Banks The Black Swan wine

Uncorked: James Banks

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of The Black Swan at Oldstead and Roots York on his unusually flexible wine offer and his policy of training his entire front of house team to recommend and serve wine.

Bradley Tomlinson sommelier Leroy restaurant

Uncorked: Bradley Tomlinson

By Joe Lutrario

The former playwright and stand-up comedian that now leads the wine programme at Shoreditch’s Leroy on his clumsy ways and his love of Barbaresco.

Barletta restaurant Margate founder Natalia Ribbe on wine

Uncorked: Natalia Ribbe

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of the Ladies Of Restaurants collective and Margate's Barletta restaurant on spilling Champagne over mafiosa types and her inclusive list that champions female wine producers.

Uncorked: Melanie Brown

Uncorked: Melanie Brown

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of modern neighbourhood bistro and wine shop The Laundry in Brixton on why people are still missing a trick with New Zealand wine and why viticulturists are the industry's unsung heroes.

Oklava co-owner Laura Christie on wine

Uncorked: Laura Christie

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of Shoreditch's Oklava and the soon-to-reopen Linden Stores in Cheshire on her love of the Levant region and why txakoli would be her wine of choice for her last meal.

Sarah Helliwell head of wine Wilding restaurant Eight Stony Street

Uncorked: Sarah Helliwell

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Oxford’s Wilding and Frome’s Eight Stony Street on her top three restaurant wine list and her favourite wine producers.

Katie Exton sommelier Lorne wine restaurant London Victoria

Uncorked: Katie Exton

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier and restaurateur behind Victoria's Lorne on her list, 1928 Maury and wine's ability to trigger memories.

Kelvin McCabe sommelier Hackney Coterie

Uncorked: Kelvin McCabe

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier and co-owner of Hackney Coterie on his policy of working with smaller producers, esoteric varietals, and lesser-known regions and his love of Christophe Baron's The Bionic Frog.

Sandia Chang sommelier Kitchen Table restaurant

Uncorked: Sandia Chang

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of Kitchen Table and Bubbleshop on her love of grower Champagne and growing up in a dry country.

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Uncorked: James Shaw

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at recently opened Westminster restaurant The Pem on Jacques Selosse's Champagne Substance, Crystallum Pinot Noir and Ribera Del Duero.

Sommelier Honey Spencer Evelyn’s Table The Palomar

Uncorked: Honey Spencer

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier behind the lists at restaurants including The Palomar and Evelyn’s Table on knocking over a bottle of Clos Rougeard and her top three restaurant wine lists.

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