Why would you leave your native Hungary where you can replace tea with Tokaj and having it for breakfast? Regardless, Budapest transplant Gabriella Gera qualified as a sommelier in ArgentinaÂ recently. After a stintÂ at FlorerĂa AtlĂˇntico, she’s now woman-ing the cave at top meating place, Don Julio, in Palermo.
What was your last pairing recommendation?
Crispy sweetbreads with Montesco Agua de Roca 2013.
What did you drink last night?
Moscato with a slice of fugazzetta rellena at El Imperio pizzeria.
Whatâ€™s your favourite wine region in the world and why?
The southern shore of the Lake Balaton, the region of BalatonbolglĂˇr in Hungary, which is where myÂ parents live. Fantastic white wines.
What do you love most about your job?
The contact with people who share aÂ love for wine.
Name a gem in your personal cellar.
SĂˇrga BorhĂˇz Tokaji Eszencia 2007.
The best thing that ever happened to you as a somm?
Watching customers from a distance enjoying the wine IÂ recommended.
If you were a wine, youâ€™d be:
Once I filled in a test just for fun, and it said I’d be a Blaufrankisch. Don’t ask meÂ why.