The SOMM Project 6 Pack #2: Stefano Baldin of Sidart
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 second SOMM Project, we are proud to offer a selection of wines chosen by Stefano Baldin, Restaurant Manager at Sidart, one of New Zealand's most exciting and awarded restaurants. Stefano hails from Italy's Veneto and has worked at Sidart since 2014. Of the wines he has chosen he says, "I love to try different stuff, moving away from the too well-known bottles and making people aware of the diversity you can find, the amount of obscure varietals and styles that are out there."
Each Six Pack Contains one each of the following:
2012 Contadi Castaldi Zero Franciacorta DOCG Lombardy, Italy
2014 Conceito Contraste Vinho Branco Douro, Portuga
2015 Tre Monti Vitabla Albana in Anfora Emilia Romagna, Italy
2012 Edoardo Mirglio Marvud Elenovo, Bulgaria
2013 Laurengn Sangiovese Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
2012 Chasing Harvest Old Vines Field Blend Douro, Portugal
A consummate hospitality professional, 29 year old Italian-born Baldin has been working as senior waiter at SIDART since October 2014.
Baldin has more than 10 years' experience in the hospitality industry. In 2007 he graduated with a high school diploma from Hotel Management and Hospitality School in Italy before going on to get a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages and Linguistics from Ca' Foscari University of Ve
nice. He gained his Master's Degree in Linguistic Sciences at the University of Bologna in 2014. While studying, Baldin served a number of apprenticeships as both waiter and cook working in a range of restaurants and hotels in his homeland. He came to New Zealand in September 2014 passing both the Introductory and Certified Sommelier exams organized by the Court of Master Sommeliers in July 2015.
"My passion for wine has origin very early in my life when I used to help my grandfather making wine at home, as almost every farmer does in Veneto. I got introduced to the formal study of wine while attending the hospitality school, while studying it in a more naive way with friends. Food and wine is what has driven my professional career and personal interest since when I was 14 years old, and still does very strongly"