Panel Chairs

Anastasios Karakasis

Head of Wine & Wine Buyer


Originated from Patras, Greece. I worked in Greece, Cyprus and the last 5 years in London. Now I’m working as Head of Wine & Wine Buyer at Bacchanalia with previous experience Head of Wine/Buyer in Michelin Star restaurant Marcus at the Berkeley, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, The Carlton Club etc.. More than 10 years in wine and spirits industry working as Bartender, Sommelier, Consultant. Studied Tourism management, WSET , Court of Masters Sommelier.

Clara Rubin

Head of Wine


Clara is a celebrated wine-slinger with over ten years experience working in wine, hospitality, and education and training. She is a qualified WSET educator and international judge for wine competitions. As Head of Wine for Hawksmoor restaurants brings a wealth of wine knowledge and true passion for the industry to her work.

Diana Rollan

Group Head of Beverage


Diana Rollan is originally from Spain and began her career in Madrid, at Lavinia Wine Shop, before moving to London in 2007. She worked at Hakkasan Group, as UK Head of Wine, managing the wine buying and training side for the group. Since 2018, Diana has been Group Head of Beverage for D&D London group, with a focus predominantly on the purchasing of core beverage categories for the existing D&D group of restaurants in the UK, while managing and leading product innovation and quality-focused approach to the lists at the group’s 25 restaurants. She gained the WSET Diploma in 2014 and became WSET Certified Educator in Wine, Spirits and Sake.

Elton Muco

Deputy Head Sommelier

67 Pall Mall

I am a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommelier in January 2022 and a work in progress for the Advanced Course. I was born and raised in Lushnje, Albania and have been living in London since December 2016 after a very long journey in Italy that lasted 13 years. From being a waiter in 2003 to a bartender diploma in 2005! Exploring the world of spirits, beers & cocktails wasn't enough for my curious character, so I started to learn and understand more about wine. In 2013-Course of sommelier in Hilton, Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel with Fondazione Italiana Sommelier (FIS) , following with “Vigneti e Territori” course with Attilio Scienza in 2015 and “Cheese Pairing “ with Daniela Scrobogna in 2016. After that, I arrived in London and started as a sommelier in Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel, 2 Michelin Star in 2018. Up to date, I work in 67 Pall Mall , a private member club since May 2021 as Deputy Head Sommelier together with a group of 18 amazing sommeliers

Emma Denney


Davies and Brook

After moving to London in 2017 from my native New Zealand, I have worked at some of London's top restaurants including LPM, Davies and Brook and the Clove Club before heading back to Claridge's Hotel to take the role of Head Sommelier at the newly opened Claridge's Restaurant.

Erik Simonics

Group Head Sommelier

Birley Clubs

Erik Simonics is Head of Wine and Beverage at Sunset Hospitality Group. Born and raised in Slovakia, he moved to London in 2010 and started his sommelier career at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, followed by the French fine dining restaurant Orrery. In 2012, he moved to one of the most iconic hotels in London, the Savoy, where he spent 4 years. Erik also looked after the wine programme at the newly opened La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, the restaurant of one of the most famous chefs in the world, Anne Sophie Pic. He was the Head of Wine at Annabel’s private members club in Mayfair before stepping up to the Group Head Sommelier position to oversee all the other Birley Clubs. He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management at the University of West London in 2015 and also successfully passed the WSET Level 3, CSM Certified Sommelier, and Sake Sommelier courses by SSA. In 2013, he was Sommelier of the year in Slovakia. He also won the Wine Bar War of Chile in 2015 and the South African Sommelier Cup in 2016. In 2016, he finished as a Semi-Finalist at the Castle European Young Sommelier Cup. In 2022, he became the first sommelier to gain the Master of Havana Cigars qualification. In 2023, he completed his MBA program at Aston Business School.

Federico Moccia

Head Sommelier

67 Pall Mall

Federico Moccia is Head Sommelier at 67 Pall Mall London, the world’s most prestigious wine club. He is a specialist in Italian wines curating bespoke masterclasses specializing in areas such as Bolgheri, Montalcino, Chianti, Barolo and Franciacorta for international clientele .

Joshua Castle

Head Buyer

Noble Rot

Josh is the head buyer for London based wine importer Keeling Andrew, and also the fine wine buyer for Noble Rot restaurants. Prior to that he worked at the Oxford Wine Company in retail, and before that in hospitality in Melbourne. He has done various stages in wineries around the world including South Africa, Spain, France and the UK. He is a stage 2 MW student.

Konstantinos Nestoridis

Head Sommelier


Head Sommelier and wine buyer at Midsummer House by Daniel Clifford in Cambridge. Konstantinos has worked at some of the restaurants of the country's best chefs. Konstantinos has worked in hospitality for over a dozen of years and he has executed wine pairings for dishes of the chefs as; Gordon Ramsay, Arnaud Bignon, Jason Atherton, Paul Walsh, Fabio Petrucci, Sophie Michell, Marcus Wareing, Alyn Williams, Tom Booton, Charlie Tayler, Marcus Eaves, Mark Abbott and Daniel Clifford. At the moment he manages the entire beverage operations as Head Sommelier including the wine list (over 770-bins from 35-countries).

Leonardo Barlondi

Head Sommelier

The Dorchester

Maria Cintoli

Head Sommelier

Gravetye Manor

My name is Maria Cintoli, I came in England six years ago, when I left Italy because I wanted to learn the language and be a Sommelier. Since then I’ve been working at Gravetye Manor, a beautiful Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the heart of Sussex and I’ve been staying for my wine courses. A couple of years ago the great promotion as Head Sommelier and the big achievement as Diploma WSET. The world of wine is incredible, I never stop learning, and the people involved are all so inspiring. I am enjoying every single step of my journey.

Matteo Furlan

Head of Wines

The Dorchester

Born and raised in Venice, Matteo had Hospitality in his blood since he was born. Matteo’s family used to run a restaurant and hotel in the Venetian country side. He’s graduated in tourism and Catering Management, soon after he moved to London. He worked for Caprice Holding, Roka, Hakkasan before moving to the Ritz. He spent there 6 years and he has joined The Dorchester as Head of wines in March 2023. Matteo Holds WSET Diploma, he is a WSET educator, ASI Gold Diploma, CMS Certified.

Philipp Reinstaller

Head Sommelier

Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO

My name is Philipp Reinstaller and I'm the Head Sommelier for Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at the OWO. Born in Kufstein, Austria, I went to Munich to work at Tantris for two years. I moved to London in 2016, where I started working at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental. During my time at Dinner, I passed the Court of Master Sommelier Advanced exam in addition to the Master Sake Sommelier exam by SSA. Four years later, I moved to Trivet Restaurant as Head Sommelier until Summer 2022, when I decided to join the opening team of the Raffles hotel. In my role at Raffles, I look after the three restaurants of Mauro Colagreco.

Panel Judges

Alberto Gherardi

Alberto is a Head Sommelier and Stage 1 Master of Wine Student with strong background in the hospitality industry. Working on the trade allows Alberto to understand the recent trends as well as consumer buying behaviours. Alberto’s mission is to make wine education accessible to every wine lover, and that’s why he founded The Wine Jokers during the pandemic. Alberto is Head Sommelier at Ten Trinity.

Biagio Castaldo

Deputy Head Sommelier

Maison Estelle

Biagio launched his career as a Sommelier in 2016 at Locanda Locatelli, a Michelin-starred restaurant in London. He then moved to Australia and Canada and he earned the Certified CMS in 2020, in Portland - Oregon. Returned to London in 2021, he achieved the 3rd place as Best Young Sommelier in the UK (2021) and completed the Diploma WSET in 2023. Currently, Biagio serves as Deputy Head Sommelier at Maison Estelle, a Private Members' Club in Mayfair.

Caroline Seibel

Assistant Head Sommelier

Petrus by Gordon Ramsay

Carolina started at Terrenos Winebar in Stockholm before working for famed TV chef Fredrik Eriksson’s Långbro Värdshus. A short stint in Sydney, Australia, saw her working at fine dining Berowra Waters Inn and wine maestro Stuart Knoxs’s Fix St James. But during her WSET Diploma studies, she moved to London for Michelin starred Portland where she took overall responsibility for wine, followed by running Comptoir Cafe and Wine, the Mayfair cafe and wine bar by Xavier Rousset MS. Her next challenge saw her embracing the world of chillie and wine pairings with the new tasting menu at Ramael Scully's Scully St James. Now she is to be found as Assistant Head Sommelier at Petrus by Gordon Ramsay.

Charlotte Page

Head Sommelier

Joel Robuchon International

After working 10 years as a somm in Paris (Robuchon, Il Vino by Enrico Bernardo, The Peninsula) alongside the best sommeliers, I moved to London and fell in love with the Wine vibe of the city. I worked a couple of years for Experimental Group before joining Back Robuchon family. I am now leading the wine program for Joel Robuchon International development as the JRI Head Sommelier.

Chris Goodale

Assistant Head Sommelier

The Five Fields Restaurants

Chris Parker

Account Manager

Berry Bros & Rudd

Chris is a sommelier and wine expert who lives in the southeast of England. Having grown up as a typical Englishman, getting his first job in a local countryside pub, it seemed likely that he would end up working with beverages. After time spent pulling pints Chris moved to be Junior Sommelier at Lime Wood hotel in the New Forest where he worked his way up to be the head sommelier. During his time working in the hotel industry, he also achieved qualifications with the Wine Spirit Education Trust and became certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Early into his career he developed a passion for competing as a sommelier and entered his first national competition in 2015 with just one year of experience, although on this occasion he was unsuccessful he has been a national finalist in the UK Sommelier of the Year competition five times in the last 8 years and gained the title of Best Sommelier UK in 2022 in the AIS competition. Service is his real passion, and he loves to help guests and friends have a truly unique and involving wine experience, making sure that they get the best wine possible every time.

Cong Cong Bo



Cong (pronounced “Chong”) owns and runs a wine shop-bar hybrid Amphora in Cambridge, UK. Like most children of Chinese parents, she studied Medicine at Cambridge, but ultimately found wine to be the most satisfying meeting of science, sensory satisfaction, and skin contact. Since its inception in March 2022, Amphora has won a few awards: Decanter’s Newcomer of the Year 2023 and runner-up in Central & Eastern Europe Specialist Retailer of the Year 2023, as well as the local award Velvet Magazine Pub/Bar of the Year 2023. Cong has been listed in Harper’s Top 25 UK Sommeliers 2022 & 2023, and in CODE Hospitality’s Most Influential Women 2023.

Davide Santeramo

Assistant Head Sommelier

The Ritz Hotel, London

Elizabeth Mellish

Elizabeth Mellish - Sommelier at Gleneagles Townhouse and Wine Writer for The Secret Sip Elizabeth works as a Sommelier in Edinburgh, Scotland for Gleneagles Townhouse and also specialises in food and wine writing for The Secret Sip. She has a first-class Master of Science in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College and was recently listed in the Top 5 young sommeliers UK.

Elly Owen

Wine director

Old Garage wines

Now working both as a freelance sommelier and educator within the industry. Elly is hugely passionate about talking about the positive impact wine has on hospitality and front of house professions, giving people the education to support this at all levels.

Emer Landgraf

Head Sommelier

The Clove Club

In between lectures of a Finance degree, Emer Landgraf attended the 2016 Barolo release alongside Chiara Boschis. In awe of Chiara’s ethos and mission, it was from that point that Emer switched her focus from numbers to wine. Nearly one year to the day, Emer and her business partners Mark and Daniel opened up Mosconi, a 50 seater restaurant wine bar in the heart of James St, Brisbane. Since then, she moved to work for FINK group at OTTO Restaurant as Assistant Head Sommelier, helping to secure ‘Best Wine List of the Year’ Queensland for 2021. Emer is now the Head Sommelier at The Clove Club, 2 Michelin star and #38 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants, by Chef Patron Isaac Mchale.

Emmanuel Pesqueira

Head of Wine

Restaurant by Gordon Ramsey

When growing up, Emanuel’s family called him “the perfect host”, so it was only natural that he has ascended through a wide variety of roles within the hospitality industry in recognition of his performance and service delivery. Before joining Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, he worked first as a chef, and then moved on to Restaurant Manager then Bar Manager, Head Sommelier and finally Food and Beverage Operations Manager over 20 years between Crystal Cruises, Red Carnations Hotel group, Oxford and Cambridge Club, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Edwardian Hotel Group and 67 Pall Mall Club. In 2014 he was included in the top 12 Best Sommeliers in UK. During this time, he has seen more than 3,000 cities around the world, enjoying fine food and wine experiences as he went. Emanuel is the Group Head of Wine for Gordon Ramsay and oversee all restaurants in UK in terms of Wine Program which include and not only limited to purchasing, development, training and service. Emanuel is all about how wine can make you feel after the first sip. This liquid has taken him to science, history, tradition, and even to nature. He believes that drinking wine is all about the experience and the memories.

Erin Donnelly



I fell in love with wine while working in New Zealand, following this I moved back to Edinburgh and spent a lot of time studying. From there I managed a wine bar before turning my hand to fine dining. I now work as the House Sommelier for Heron, working with a great team and an extensive wine list. We focus on the old world with a nod to the new world, and an 'off the beaten path' wine pairing alongside our tasting menu. Out of work I tend to spend my time living and breathing wine.

Filipe Bhering Reis

Head of Wine

Koko & House of Koko

Filipe Bhering Reis has carved an illustrious career in the wine industry - As the current Head of Wine at Koko & House of Koko, he oversees a multi-venue wine program in a thrilling new member's club situated backstage at London's iconic Koko. His expertise extends from prestigious roles such as Club Head Sommelier at Annabel's for over two years to leading the wine programme and being part of the opening team at Michelin-starred 23rd best restaurant in the World, Kol. More recently Filipe worked as a consultant curating wine programs at Broadwick Hotel Soho and going back to Work Closely with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on his new Covent Garden restaurant. Filipe has also being awarded the Best 100 UK Sommelier in 2023.

Fred Goodwin Hayward

Assistant Sommelier

Restaurant Hywel Jones

Giacomo Recchia

Group Head Sommelier

Bob Bob Ricard

A Puglia-born hospitality expert with a Master's degree from Perugia University, Group Head Sommelier at Bob Bob Ricard. With previous roles at Savoy Grill and Galvin at Windows, owns a wealth of experience from fine dining establishments across Italy and Spain. Currently a WSET Diploma student and Court of Master certified Sommelier.

Giancarlo Cuccuru

General Manager

Lutyens Grill at The Ned

I grew up in a hospitality family, working in my parents Italian restaurant. After studying Business and Hospitality management in Birmingham I have spent time working in Europe, North America and Australia. On returning to the UK I started working for The Gilbert Scott by Marcus Wareing where I was head Sommelier. I then moved to The Ned, where I am GM at Lutyens Grill, and working alongside group Sommelier Vincent Gasnier, I look after the wines for the hotel.

Giuseppe d'Aniello

Wine Director

The London EDITION’s Wine Director, Giuseppe D’Aniello .Having recently been named ‘The Best Sommelier, UK 2023’ by the UK Sommelier Association, this remarkable achievement is a true testament to his unparalleled expertise, dedication and unwavering passion for the art of wine. Hailing from Italy, Giuseppe’s passion for wine began at a young age, watching his father sample bottles at the family table. Having gained his Diploma Level 4 WSET in 2018 and becoming Advanced CMS in 2021, Giuseppe had a notable role at The Lanesborough, before joining The London EDITION as Wine Director.

Glen Montgomery

Sommelier & Co-Owner


Glen has lived and worked as a Sommelier in Scotland for the past fifteen years, and is the Sommelier/Co-owner of the twelve-seat Chef’s table Restaurant “eòrna" in Edinburgh with Chef Brian Grigor. He achieved a Merit in the WSET diploma in 2019, and has a strong interest in ‘Classical’wines such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and Northern Italy.

Jonathan Kleeman

Group Beverage Manager & Executive Head Sommelier

Story Group

Jonathan Kleeman is the Group Beverage Manager and Executive Head Sommelier at Story Group, which includes the 2 Michelin Starred Restaurant Story, Story Cellar and Dovetail in London. He has 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, working in prestigious establishments, consulting for international companies, and judging wine competitions. He is also a qualified sommelier and a media contributor on hospitality industry and blockchain technology.

Josie Phillips

Head Sommelier

The Macallan

Josie is a wine professional with over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and drinks industries. Having gained qualifications from WSET and The Court of Master Sommeliers both at home and overseas, for the last 5 years Josie has been based in Scotland, at the Speyside home of The Macallan. As well as curating the beverage programme for the distillery’s fine dining restaurant and events, she also works closely with global collaborators across gastronomy and wine – with a particular interest in the whisky brand’s connections to the wines of Jerez.

Julio Tauste Sierra

Head Sommelier

Orrey Restaurant

Klearhos Kanellakis

Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer

Ekstedt at the Yard

Klearhos is Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer for the exciting new Nordic restaurant Ekstedt at the Yard, part of Great Scotland Yard hotel in Westminster, London. Previously, he was working as Head Sommelier of Trivet restaurant awarded Second best wine programme in London by Drinks Business magazine and International Special Jury Prize by Star Winelist. Before this role, Klearhos worked at 67 Pall Mall - private members’ club for wine lovers, initially joining the opening team and making his way to Assistant Head Sommelier position. Some of his favourite regions include Tokaj, Madeira, Northern Rhone, Tuscany, Champagne and the countries of New Zealand and Greece. Klearhos holds the Wset Diploma Level 4 in Wine and is currently preparing for the Master Sommelier exam, the pinnacle of wine qualifications.

Laurent Chaniac

Wine Consultant

Cinnamon Club

Maria Federica Salvador

Brand Ambasador


Born in Mendoza. She was one of the first Sommeliers of Argentina. In 2004 she finished Wine School in Mendoza and sharpened her taste in American Wines, after a two year wine trip to the U.S. Later in 2010, she went to Sommelier school again in Spain, and in 2015 she also specialised in France & Italy. She has the Certified Sommelier certificate by the Court of Master Sommeliers, the WSET 3 level, and is currently goin g throught the Diploma WSET. In 2022, she entered the Best Sommelier of Argentina´s Contest with good results in the competition, which lead her to be part as a judge of several wine contests around Europe. Work wise, her 21 years of career had drove her to explore the wine industry from every corner. Working in different wineries, in restaurants, in hotels, in cruise ships and currently working as the Brand Ambassador of the Spanish winery PACO & LOLA.

Mateusz Kowlczyk

Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer

Kai Mayfair

Matthew Davison

Restaurant Director

Moor Hall

After completing my History Degree at the University of Leeds, I ‘fell’ into the Hospitality Industry, not knowing that it would shape my entire career path. I started working at a pub in my hometown where we would host themed spirit and wine events, which saw me begin my WSET journey, eventually gaining my Level 3 qualification in Wines & Spirits. I achieved my first Sommelier post at Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, where I worked with an inspiring team who helped me to explore my passion of wine and beverage more thoroughly. I then assumed the role of Head of Operations and Sommelier at Fischer’s Baslow Hall in Derbyshire, where I was responsible for the development of the wine and beverage programme. Working alongside the kitchen team, I designed all food and wine pairings. Three and a half years later, I was offered the position of Head Sommelier at Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Aughton, where I lead a beverage team of six people and promoted to Restaurant Director. One of my key responsibilities is to help my team to develop their skills and knowledge through continuous training, which also helps to develop my own knowledge. I attend a vast amount of tasting and training sessions both nationally and internationally which I see as vital to enhancing my knowledge and understanding of products. These sessions allow me to learn first hand from wine makers and suppliers, providing me with integral information that I can then share with my team and our guests.

Miguel Crunia



After working 11 years as a sommelier and restaurant manager within Edinburgh's fine dining scene, Miguel now co-directs Fìon, a wine importing company of low-intervention wines from Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Fìon also specializes in private and corporate wine tasting hires, and in running wine events and pop-ups partnering with local restaurants. Recently, Miguel started his career as a wine writer specializing in wines from Atlantic regions (as he's known within the industry as the Atlantic Sommelier).

Natalja Senina

Head Sommelier

Chewton Glen Hotel

Head Sommelier of Chewton Glen Hotel, WSET Dipoma candidate and Top 100 Sommeliers UK. Proudly offer a selection of individual wines, making our Multi Awards wine list one of the largest in England in terms of producers, regions and diversity.

Nicolo Cereghini

Head Sommelier

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Nikos Emner

Assistant Wine Director

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

‘A summer in Crete marked the beginning of my journey with wine, it was a transformative moment where I discovered my passion for the artistry and complexities of wine. Over the course of my career spanning several years, I have gained extensive experience, holding positions at wine bars and a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Athens. Upon my arrival in the UK, I joined Heston Blumenthal's prestigious 3-star Michelin restaurant, The Fat Duck, where I refined my expertise as a sommelier before transitioning to my current role as Assistant Wine Director at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a 2-star Michelin restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’.

Sabrina Manolio

Head Sommelier

Bar de Pres

Sabrina’s career started in Milan where she developed her passion for wine and consolidated her knowledge through the AIS and the WSET courses. For the past 15 years she has worked for some of the most iconic fine dining restaurants and luxury hotels in Italy and the UK. She achieved various awards for her unique wine programme as well as the prestigious GQ drink award for Best Sommelier in 2021. She is currently working as Head Sommelier at Bar de Pres.

Savvas Symeonidis

Head of Wine

Gordon Ramsey Restaurants

Athens born, I discontinued my medical studies in the relevant faculty in Athens, whilst working in some of the best restaurants of Greece, to follow my passion in the wine industry. I started building my knowledge in wine and spirits at WSPC in Athens. In 2013 I moved in Henry the VIII's castle outside Bristol, England, where I was in charge of the restaurant and cellar. When I was ready, I settled in London, working in the best restaurants in the world in the heart of the wine business, focusing on Indian cuisine. After the pandemic, I had the opportunity to travel to various locations in the world for work, with a focus on Asian gastronomy. Having a great love and respect for Japanese culture, I also started getting into sake professionally. Today, I continue this journey as Head of Wine for one of the most well-recognised and successful groups in hospitality worldwide.

Stephanie Robertson

Head of Experience

Restaurant Associates

Steph has worked at Le Gavroche and Roux at Parliament Square as a sommelier, is qualified to teach up to Level 2 WSET in wines and has won an Award of Excellence with the Academy of Culinary Arts. Steph is an active and influential member of the wine world and regularly takes part in thought leadership talks and discussions around the future of wine and trends in the drinks industry. She is a member of the International Wine and Food Society and continually monitors trends through industry reports, mailing lists and engaging with suppliers and importers. She translates this expertise and passion into her wine lists, featuring some of the latest trends that our customers are looking for, such as low alcohol alternatives, sustainably sourced wines, social enterprises.

Stephanie Wangui

Senior Sommelier

Noble Rot

Senior Sommelier at Noble Rot in Mayfair, Stephanie Wangui discovered her true love for wine during her year abroad in Bordeaux. Now half way into her WSET Diploma, she is delighted to bring her knowledge and experience in both hospitality and vineyards across the UK, France, Spain and Oregon to a wider audience. Her passions lie in regenerative viticulture, breaking the socioeconomic stigmas associated with wine, empowering people to know what they like to drink and why, but equally importantly, telling the stories behind the label.

Vaness Stolz

Head Sommelier

Restaurant Pine

Vanessa had an excellent opportunity to work in a few Michelin-star restaurants for the last decade and even helped shape Restaurant Pine from day one. She ended in Harper’s top 25 Sommeliers in 2023, won Gosset Matchmakers 2018 with Ian Waller, excelled in some exams (WSET L3, Certified CMS, ASI L2), is carrying on studying and loves hosting private tastings.

Vincenzo Arnese

Wine Director

Raffles London at the OWO

Vincenzo worked for several prestigious hotels and restaurants like The Waterside Inn in Bray, Vue de Monde in Melbourne, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal inside Mandarin Oriental London and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London. Since 2023, Vincenzo Arnese has become the Wine Director at Raffles London at The OWO. He was the winner of Taittinger’s UK Sommelier of the Year in 2022 and CQ Best Sommelier in 2023.

Zoe Donadio

Drinks Lead


Zoé first started bartending at a neighborhood cocktail bar in Peckham while studying at Goldsmiths and loved it so much that she pursued it post-graduation. She then headed up teams in a variety of independent bars around South East London. In 2020 she transitioned towards wine and cocktail development through Silver Lining, then heading up natural wine cellar La Cave at the Hoxton and has now taken the drinks lead at Apricity with a focus on all things organic & biodynamic. Her list works with growers who prioritise biodiversity and soil regeneration in their respective regions, and let the grapes speak for their terroir, with as few additions and subtractions as possible.