You travel to restaurants, but to vineyards as well. Where do you like it the best?
I visit vineyards in every special and beautiful places. I like the Italian Piemont and the French Champagne regions the most. And I think their wines are absolutely the best. I have been there three times this year already and it always takes me aback, because I discover something new every time. You can find real treasures there, especially those produced by small, family-run vineyards.
Why is wine from Champagne so exceptional?
The Champagne vineyards are located in a region with chalky soil, which gives the wines their inimitable characteristic and taste. The soil is very soft, so the roots can easily penetrate it and absorb nutrients and the typical minerals at great depths.
What sort of wine do you like to drink?
The world of wine is so diverse that I can't really say which one I prefer. I have discovered so many "wine treasures" that I still enjoy drinking. In white wine, I probably prefer Riesling, and among the reds it would be Nebbiolo. These wines are really delicious.
What fascinates you so much about wine?
It is a very noble drink that simply makes you feel better. I appreciate the demanding year-long, and sometimes life-long, work that is required of winemakers to get the wine into the bottle and then to a customer. Top winemakers are convinced that good work with the vines and the quality of the harvested grapes are absolutely crucial, and I agree with them. What influences wine quality is mainly the chosen type of wine for a given location, the age and quality of the vines, the quality of the harvest and of course the weather. In each wine there are subtle differences that I love to spot.