Until recently, you could find Laura Nuñez somming at Monserrat’s Aldo’s Restorán & Vinoteca; she also undertook service at the World Sommelier Contest in Mendoza last month and she last drank an Albariño from Uruguay.
What was your last pairing recommendation?
Creamy polenta and mushrooms with Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2015.
What did you drink last night?
Bodega Garzón Albariño 2015.
What’s your favourite wine region in the world and why?
My region is Mendoza within that, Uco Valley’s Gualtallary, because of the freshness and diversity its wines produce.
What do you love most about your job?
The links created with clients, so much so that some become friends or they leave decisions as what to drink and what to eat, or what to select for their cellars and special moments in your hands.
Name a gem in your personal cellar.
I’ve got a Zaha magnum signed by someone who is very important to me. I’ll open it on a very special occasion.
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you as a somm?
When I finally qualified, after many years of hard work.
How did you enjoy working at the Concours du Sommelier in Mendoza?
Working at the contest was a unique experience Those of us who went to work it lived a different kind of contest, where each volunteer gave their best, sleeping little but fuelled by the adrenaline that each service produced.
If you were a wine, you’d be…
Val de Flores 2009, which is the vintage I like the most. This wine represents everything I want to be: elegant and unique.