What sommeliers drink at home right now


Coly Den Haan

Have you ever wondered what the brightest minds in their field do in their spare time? U.S. too. This inspired us to choose the brains of Michelin starred chefs to see what they nibble on at home. Now we’re asking the country’s best wines what they like to drink outside of the workplace.

It’s a compelling question, much like asking what other athletes a professional basketball player enjoys, or what tips a sleep expert uses to sleep better. These people are at the top of their fields for a reason, and we can’t help but want to be flies on their walls. In this case, we want to poke around in their refrigerators, wine cabinets and home bars.

Coly Den Haan is a sommelier and wine store owner based in Southern California. His store, Vinivore, is a bottle store located on the edge of Los Angeles’ Silverlake neighborhood. It is run by women and features female winemakers, as well as selections from sake, beer and cider producers. For Den Haan, when she’s not on time, it’s all about sipping a classic.

“Even though I love wine and it’s a part of my life, at home I tend to go straight for a frozen martini,” she says. “My current favorite is two parts Future Gin, one part Dolin extra dry vermouth, a hint of dirty juice with an olive and a twist! “

Filippo Bartolotta is a seasoned wine expert, having worked for many years in the circuit. He was a tasting judge for Carafe and has been dubbed the “All-Star Sommelier,” having worked with Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and the Obama family in Tuscany. Bartolotta jokes that while he’s not working, he takes a break from drinking. “Just kidding,” he assures us.

“Usually I open up samples that come in and like to share them later with friends and neighbors to hear what they think,” he says. “Sometimes I open old vintages like a 1971 Amarone tonight for my best friend’s birthday.”

This is definitely the kind of Sommer you hope to live with in the neighborhood, to participate in some of their frequent sampling nights. Bartolotta also appreciates some iconic Italian sippers. “I love to taste artisanal amaro or serious grappa in winter,” he admits. “A good craft beer to break the routine too. “
Portrait of Paola Embry.
In the Arizona desert, Paola Embry is the wine director of the magnificent Wrigley Mansion. The Chilean-born summit has gained a lot of followers, having created an incredible roster at Wrigley as well as several other outposts. Its appreciated and varied wine lists have earned it the title of “Best Award of Excellence” from Wine spectator several times.

“When I’m out of time, I like to drink different Beaujolais vintages from one of the ten wine villages,” says Embry. “They tend to pair well with the many comfort foods we eat during the many holiday month festivities.”

What kind of pairings? Embry is one step ahead of us. “For example, Juliénas pairs perfectly with game meat like lamb, duck or a wild meat ragù bolognese with pappardelle pasta, one of the most ideal comfort foods, in my opinion,” says -she. “I also like a more medium-bodied Chénas.
Embry also does not stand up to a good bottle of bubbles. “I also like to drink producer champagne, which I also sometimes like to call ‘farmer’s fizz’,” ​​she says. “These are bottles that are produced by very small champagne houses, often family owned, leading to small batches of artisanal and incredibly delicious champagne.”

She is particularly fond of NV André Couet No.3 Grand Cru Rosé, Bouzy, Champagne made from Pinot Noir. Also, some 100% Chardonnay selections including NV Larmandier-Bernier ‘Latitude’ Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru, Vertus, Champagne as well as NV Robert Moncuit ‘Les Grand Blancs’ Blanc des Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger .

NV André Couet No.3 Grand Cru Rosé, Bouzy, Champagne

André Clouet, n ° 3, Bouzy Grand Cru Brut Rosé.

Delight in this 100% Pinot Noir flavored with seductive notes of pomegranate, raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry blossoms, fresh red and pink flowers, crushed chalk and orange zest.

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NV Larmandier-Bernier ‘Latitude’ Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru, Vertus, Champagne

NV Larmandier-Bernier 'Latitude' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru, Vertus, Champagne.

A dry blend of 100% Chardonnay from Vertus, this breathtaking wine has elegant and pure flavors, making every sip a thrill.

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NV Robert Moncuit ‘Les Grands Blancs’ Blanc des Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

NV Robert Moncuit 'Les Grands Blancs' Blanc des Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine is deliciously refreshing and calls for any celebration.

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Somm Erin Scala leads the wine program Birdie’s in Virginia. The oyster bar, cafe and wine meeting place have a list of some 400 bottles. Scala likes a few options away from work, alcoholic and not, a lot of the unexpected.

“Parker Girard, our wonderful bar manager, introduced us all to Stappi, a bitter red rhubarb soda that is alcohol-free but similar in flavor to Campari,” Scala explains. “It’s the perfect drink when you want something amazing without alcohol. “

Scala also likes tea. “I’m going crazy for high quality Oolong tea,” she says. “I love trying all the different iterations, and Oolong is one of those stylish, handmade products that aren’t hard to find.” Scala specifically hunts loose leaf in the nicer teahouses or health food stores.

What about the wine? Well, like many summits, Scala loves Syrah. But she also likes a less well-known sparkling wine. “In Limoux, sparkling wine has been produced since 1531,” says Scala. “There are two main types, blanquette and crémant, and both are generally affordable and delicious. These are usually Chenin Blanc or Mauzac based, and tend to have a nice, deep flavor that reminds me a bit of pears.

So if you ever want to drink like sommeliers do, now you know how.

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