The SOMM Project 6 Pack #1: Stephanie Guth of the French Cafe
The SOMM Project is a new initiative by Cult Wine where we invite some of New Zealand's top Sommeliers to curate a case of amazing wine. The reason for this is simple - these good folk see some of the best wines in the world and the SOMM Project allows them to showcase a handful of these to you in a distinctly different context to the restaurants they normally work in. Likewise, free from the confines of a restaurant list they can showcase wines from off the beaten path and wines that may not work in a formal restaurant context. These also allow us a different perspective on wine and the ability to work with like-minded professionals to learn more about wines and discover new ones.
For our first SOMM Project, we are proud to offer a selection of wines chosen by 2016 Cuisine Restaurant of the Year French Cafe's sommelier Stephanie Guth who has recently moved to New Zealand from Toronto. Each six pack comes with comprehensive notes on each wine by Stephanie who says of the wines: "I haven’t been living in New Zealand long but quickly realized how many great wines are available in the market. For the pure pleasure of drinking on their own or even better with a delicious meal and great company here are some of my favorites!"
Each Six Pack Contains one each of the following:
Paltrinieri Solco Lambrusco (Emilia Romagna, Italy)
2001 Weingut Georg Heim Riesling Spatlese Neumagener Rosengartchen (Mosel, Germany)
2014 Leo Alzinger Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Muhlpoint (Wachau, Austria)
2013 Mullineux Old Vines Chenin Blanc (Swartland, South Africa)
2015 Terras Gauda O Rosal Albarnio (Rias Baixas, Spain)
2014 Chateau Les Croisille Silice Malbec (Cahor, France)
After completing a business degree in Hospitality Management she attended culinary school and spent years working as a cook before making the jump to front-of-house. Upon completing her CAPS and Court certifications she moved to London, UK. Working as assistant sommelier at Michelin-stared restaurant Pied a Terre she helped manage an extensive cellar. After a few years working back home in Toronto developing and managing beverage programs she decided her travels weren’t over yet and moved to Auckland in January where she is currently working as the sommelier at The French Café. Career highlights has been working harvest in the Rhone and participating in the VIA course in Verona. She loves helping guests discover new wines and is looking forward to the challenge of finding wines to pair with an ever-changing menu. She is currently working on her WSET Diploma and is having fun discovering all (the wine) that New Zealand has to offer.