You can’t but envy Faizal Zainudin. For three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 & 2018 – the Singaporean was one of four sommeliers working at the 150-capacity Mouton-Cadet Club & Wine Bar during the annual Cannes Film Festival. Celebrities would pop in for a drink, lunch or dinner. Faizal poured wines to – including – Will Smith, Fan Bing Bing, Eva Green and Robert de Niro.
Judging at Decanter World Wine Awards in London or Decanter Asia Wine Awards in Hong Kong, whenever I wanted a second opinion on a wine, my go-to choice was Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA, OIV MSc.Gerard possessed the qualities that make for the ideal wine judge.
Djessa Reyes was born and raised in Ilocos Sur. The province in the north of Luzon – the largest and most populous island in the Philippines –is about 370 km from Manila.
Praelum has between 300 and 350 labels. And – via Coravin – 50 wines by the glass. Ninety-five percent of those 50 labels are also available by the half-bottle as Lu is more than happy to needle out the equivalent of 375 ml.