Leading the charge at The W Santiago, French sommelierÂ Quentin Loisel moved toÂ Chile two years ago. He is preparing to take the Court of Master Sommeliers certified exam in October.Â
What was your last pairing recommendation? FifteenÂ minutes ago, I paired mille-feuilleÂ with aniseed-infused pear pearls and vanilla ice-cream, with Â Torres’ Nectaria Botrytis Riesling 2009, served in lab test tubes.
What did you drink last night? Twelve-year-old Yellow Spot Irish whiskey, with five drops of water while studying maps ofÂ South Africa’s vineyards.
What’s your favourite wine region? Bordeaux, because I grew up there and the history of everything thatÂ happened there up until now â€“ the Roman empire, the English kingdom, Dutch business and help, Irish families, Chinese investment â€“ and it’s fascinating.
If not my own town, Jerez, because the process is genuine. I love the fact that the wines are so different between them and I believe that using adversity (oxidation) as a strength is a priceless life lesson.
What do you love most about your work? Sharing moments, emotions and pleasure with customers.