Interview With A Sommelier – Andrea D’Angeli

30th August 2023

Interview With A Sommelier Andrea D'Angeli

The World of Wine is beautifully showcased by an army of talented Sommeliers, who help the consumer discover their next favourite bottle, understand the different regions and pair a delicious meal with the right Glass of Bubbly.

In this feature, I speak with a man who has helped many people to discover the vast world of Wines and Sparkling Wines, his name is Andrea D’Angeli, and let’s find out a bit about his life as a Sommelier.

Tell Us About Yourself

“I’m an experienced Waiter, and WSA Sommelier trained in Customer Service with knowledge of Italian Cuisine and Pizza Making; I’ve been working in The Hospitality Industry since when I was young. Guest Satisfaction it’s the Priority, a guest Satisfied makes happy everyone, that’s my motto.”

What Inspired You To Become A Sommelier?

“Becoming a Sommelier was my Original goal since when I started as a commis de Rang back in the day. I think it’s a key, a nec plus ultra, I will Always remember the Sommelier in an Italian Fine Dining Restaurant I Used to work in Marco Island, Florida.. he literally Inspired me with his efforts and passion for wines, day by day, every day I made it.”

During Your Time As A Sommelier, What’s The Most Surprising Thing You’ve Learnt?

“The Most Important thing I’ve learnt it’s How wine changed during history and continuously will in the future, it’s not the same as yesterday and will not be the same as today, that the Magic for me, Art in a Bottle.”

How Often Do You Find Yourself Recommending English Sparkling Wine?

“My opinion: I think E. S. W. Are like a “Brand New Concept” That it’s happening right now and will grow up in Future. Btw we’re working on it.”

In Your Professional Opinion, Out Of Champagne And Prosecco, Which Do You Think Does A Better Job With Complementing A Meal?

“Franciacorta, Of course, we are in Italy, in the Heart of Iseo Lake which is between Bergamo and Brescia city – Lombardy region (North of Italy) We are talking about a bottle fermented Sparkling Wine born in Italy, 1961. It’s a blend between Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Erbamat (Local grape) and in my opinion, represents a nice option versus France Champagne.”

What Advice Would You Give Inspiring Sommeliers?

“My personal advice: Read, Study, Keep Studying Wine, analyze, and compare every single day, the best is yet to come! There is always something to Learn & Understand.”

If You Sat Down For A Quiet Dinner, What Dish And Sparkling Wine Would You Choose To Enjoy Together?

“I would definitely choose a Seafood selection Dinner: Starting with shellfish, Fish Fried appetizer and continue with seafood Brill and potatoes Paired with the Unique “Giulio Ferrari” Riserva del Fondatore from Ferrari Family based in Trentino Alto Adige, a bottle fermented wine from TRENTODOC! Cheers 2 everyone!”

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your words, knowledge and experiences with us and we at Glass of Bubbly wish you the very best for the future!

Images belong to Andrea D’Angeli. Glass of Bubbly was granted permission to use them.

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.