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SWA judge and Head Sommelier at D&D London restaurant Aster, Marco Marcuzzo tells us all about his life as a sommelier.

You’ve been a sommelier 8 years now, can you tell us a bit about your background in wine?

I grew up in north east Italy in an area near Treviso with close proximity to the Conegliano Valdobbiadene wine area. It’s an expansive region and there’s a big focus on wine in the area. I soon became involved in the production from the very early stages of the growing process to the final product in the bottle. I’ve been in the industry ever since and then moved to London to work in restaurants here as a sommelier.

How did you find judging the Sommelier Wine Awards this year?

I really enjoyed it and the opportunity to share knowledge and opinions with other great wine professionals, it's always fantastic.

What were your favourite wines from this year’s competition?

I recall a tasting of red Spanish Rioja that for me stood out for value and quality on the price of the glass and as well USA/Canada Pinot Noirs, which were fine and very complex.

What’s your favourite food and wine pairing?

I would say a vibrant glass of Galician Albarino or Australia Eden Valley Riesling with one of my latest home cooking recipe of Salmon Wellington.

What wines/ styles do you think will be popular this year with consumers? And what do you see in Aster?

Consumers in general have been keener in trying new styles of wine and this makes our daily job much more interesting. People have been wanting to try Orange and natural or cloudy wines which has now, in my point of view, taken a step back as people are discovering wines from different country as for example products from Eastern Europe have been very on demand and the response is incredible in finding great quality value for money.

At Aster, wines from these new emerging countries have been popular and I’m sure there will be further development in this growth.