Ask the Sommelier

Vinoteca Dissident
Best wine in your restaurant
"Alto, Alta Vista, 1999, Magnum, Argentina. It's best to drink it with grilled meat steaks accompanied by national sauces of Argentina."

Most popular wine in your restaurant
"Icewine, Chateau des Charmes, 2004, Canada. It's best accompanied by panna cotta with mango puree or mille-feuille with forest berries. A dessert wine."

Your favorite wine
"Amarone della Valpolicella, Corte Sant'Alda, 1995. It's a wine for relaxation. It goes with the main dishes of Asian cuisine -- grilled game with sweet-sour, slightly spicy sauces; lightly fatty steak, grilled and served with non-spicy, intelligent sauce; fish dishes of medium and higher oiliness."

Favorite (other) restaurants in Moscow
"Italyanets and Turandot."

Favorite (other) restaurant worldwide
"Cabana las Lilas, Buenos Aires, Argentina."

Strangest wine you've tried
"Chateau Latour, 1945."

Comment on the state of the Moscow restaurant business
"I can only judge by the work of Moscow sommeliers, not restaurants in general, and that side needs to 'study, study and study.'"

Most important or surprising thing you have learned in your profession
"Passion."

Contacts

Cabana las Lilas, Puerto Madero, Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (+54 11) 4313-1336.

Italyanets, 13 Samotyochnaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 688-5651, M.Tsvetnoi Bulvar.

Turandot, 26/5 Tverskoi Bulvar, 739-000011, M. Pushkinskaya.

Vinoteca Dissident, Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, Nautilus level 5, 230-5848, M. Lubyanka.