Interview With The Head Sommelier At Belvedere Restaurant – Joseph Pelosi

26th April 2024

Interview With The Head Sommelier At Belvedere Restaurant Joseph Pelosi

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 Joseph Pelosi, the Head Sommelier At Belvedere Restaurant, who has helped many people to discover the vast world of Wines and Sparkling Wines, so let’s find out a bit about his life as a Sommelier.

Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And How You Became Involved In The Wine Industry.

“I first became involved in the wine industry when I was setting up a small restaurant venture in Glasgow with two partners. As they were primarily involved with the food I took on the role of wine and spirits director.

I had previous experience serving and tasting wine in my job as a restaurant manager before I started my own place, so it wasn’t such a great leap to take it further.

I then developed a real passion for wine and have kept on trying to further my knowledge ever since.”

For Anyone Visiting Belvedere To Enjoy A Glass of Bubbly, Can You Tell Us A Bit About What Customers Can Expect To Discover On Your Own Wine List? 

“At Belvedere our guest’s requirements come first and mostly our particular clientele are looking for names and brands they recognise with regards to the Champagne selection. This gives them a sense of familiarity and keeps them in their comfort zone so they may relax and look forward to the rest of the evening.

We do, however, feature some independent craft producers such as Frerejean Freres to offer something different and surprising if asked.”

How Do You See The Future Of English Sparkling Wine In The UK Market?

“I think English Sparkling Wine has a very bright future going forward – the quality of the products is rising and reputation within the industry is growing.”

If You Had To Choose One Glass Of Bubbly To Take With You To A Deserted Island, What Would It Be?

“Glass of bubbly on a deserted island would have to be Dom Pérignon Rosé 1996. I opened a bottle on a special occasion recently and it has the perfect balance of intensity and seductiveness.”

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

Photo Credit belongs to Joseph Pelosi, 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.