Interview With The Head Sommelier at Brooklands by Claude Bosi – Gioele Musco

27th March 2024

Interview With A Sommelier - Gioele Musco

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 from, England, who has helped many people to discover the vast world of Wines and Sparkling Wines, his name is Gioele Musco, let’s find out about his life as a Sommelier.

Tell Us About Yourself & What Inspired You To Become a Sommelier?

“I was born into the hospitality business; my family owns a hotel and two restaurants in Italy. My interest grew after working in a wine bar in Germany at 17, sparking a passion for wines and service. I aim to enhance my knowledge and contribute more effectively at home.”

Do You Remember Your First Experience With Sparkling Wine? When It Was And What Kind Of Wine It Was?

“My first encounter with sparkling wines was on New Year’s Eve at my parents’ place, likely with a Moscato D’Asti.”

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

“One fascinating aspect I learned about sparkling wines is how yeast inside the bottle not only triggers the second fermentation for effervescence but also lightens the wine’s colour over time. This is particularly noticeable with Rosé Champagne, where the colour becomes very pale after extended yeast contact. Quite intriguing!”

What Sparkling Wine Producing Countries or Regions Hold A Special Place In Your Heart?

“When it comes to sparkling wines, Italy, especially the Trento DOC region, stands out to me.”

What Advice Would You Give Inspiring Sommeliers?

“My advice? Stay open-minded, persevere through challenges, have faith in your abilities, and maintain humility. Our industry demands resilience and humility; showing off won’t get you far.”

Where’s The Most Memorable Place You’ve Enjoyed A Glass of Bubbly?

“The most memorable experiences often happen in the workplace, surprisingly. Many of the incredible sparkling wines I’ve tried were during work hours. Engaging with customers about a Maison’s history, vintage, and winemaking process, sharing knowledge and passion, has been truly rewarding.”

Additional Question asked by Champagne Collectors – What’s the Oldest Vintage Champagne You’ve Tasted?

“Regarding the oldest sparkling wine I’ve encountered, I can’t recall the exact one, but the 1928 Charles Heidsieck left a lasting impression. Its complexity was out of this world. If I were to dream, opening a bottle of Salon 1921 would be an unparalleled experience.”

Thank you, Gioele, 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 Gioele Musco & Brooklands by Claude Bosi, 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.