Frederic Vigroux: Frédéric is a wine consultant and holds the WSET level III and is currently studying for the Diploma. He imports wines from France, Italy and Germany via his company www.number-wine.com . Frederic speaks French, English and Romanian.
Favourite white: “Very hard to say! But I’d go for a Meursault Burgundy and/or a German Riesling Auslese”
Favourite red: “Clearly a Volnay, definitely a Valpolicella and of course, a great Syrah from the Northern Rhône Valley.”
Others:“I love champagne, but I’m always dreaming of a Fino Sherry with green olives”.
Rachel Sargent: Rachel is the owner and Head Chef of The London Street Atelier and London Street Bistro and she specialises in wine and food matching. www.thelondonstreetatelier.com/ Rachel has the WSET level 2 with food matching from the WSET in London. Having spent twenty years in CEE, Russia and Turkey Rachel is a seasoned traveller and likes nothing more than to lead “expeditions” to vineyards and cook with local produce there. Rachel speaks English & Romanian, rusty French which improves with a drink and a smattering of Turkish & Russian.
Favourite white: “Right now I’m enjoying the Crama Bauer Sauvignon Blanc but I could be partial to a Viognier too. Memorable Meursault as well is a favourite. A chilled Corcova Rosé on a summer’s evening slips down very well too”
Favourite red: “A farmyardy Pinot Noir any time and my latest vice, chilled young Feteasca Neagra in the summer”
Others:” I developed a port and stilton habit at an embarrassingly early age”
Rob Marshall: Rob holds the WSET level III and is studying for his Diploma. Rob lives and works in Bucharest and works for one of Romania’s premium wine producers selling wines in the Romanian domestic market and Internationally. Rob speaks English & Romanian.
“I’m a big fan of dessert wines and I’m always trying to champion these misunderstood sweeties, whether it be Tokaji or a German auslese – late harvested – Riesling. My favourite red right now would be a nicely aged, good Barolo with all those spicy flavours and a hint of white truffle”
Richard Fox: Richard has spent 18 years working in the wine trade in London and the Far East, during which time he studied with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in London over a ten year period to Diploma level (www.wsetglobal.com/). Richard loves the challenge of sourcing fine wines…especially champagnes! Richard Fox owns and runs Fox Wines, a specialist wine store in Bucharest. www.foxwines.ro/
“Now then White, it does depends on the mood the moment and the weather. At this time of year though I like it lean, mean and crisp, well chilled. Some of the most neutral Grapey wines can fit the bill, like Italian Trebbiano, or locally Avincis Cramposie. Marvellous!”
Red at this time of the year after the sun goes down I am can be tempted by a bottle of Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo, and the locally grown Catleya Cabernet Merlot is getting plenty of air time. Corks out!”