02 March 2009

The Cellars of the Hôtel de Paris - the Tasting Room


The Tasting Room was opened in 1994 and each week the SBM's wine buyer, Roger Bordes, the Chef Caviste, Iorio Gennaro and the sommeliers (wine waiters) of Monaco's SBM hotels and restaurants gather to sample a range of wines from one of the châteaux or domains to decide if any should be included in the restaurants' wine lists.

The talent of people such as Iorio and the experienced sommeliers is to judge just when the wine is ripe to drink.

The weekly tasting is also an opportunity for the wine waiters to taste the wines they suggest to customers -- and to gauge the best temperature for serving them. 90% of the wines sold in the restaurants are tasted in this way.

6 comments:

Sharon said...

I've never seen a tasting room set up this way. Very interesting.

Nathalie said...

I love the room's wall to wall decoration with wine cases!

Your photo yesterday was a great choice. The dusty cabinet window and dusty bottles (two aspects of glass) give a good idea of these bottles' old age. I don't want to know how much they cost!

George Townboy said...

What an amazing operation, and what an amazing tour you are giving us!

Virginia said...

Talk about a dream job !HA Love this tour.
V

maria said...

Dream job, alright!
I'm not a wine connoisseur and my budget only allows "2 Buck Chuck" but I'm a fast learner - where do I apply? :)
Spotless room!

Marie-Noyale said...

I once wanted to do a wall like this in my house!!
Nice room for a nice experience!

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