Qualifying as a certified sommelier from the CMS in 2015, US transplant Alex Holland lives in Argentina’s wine-producing capital. Previously working at The Vines of Mendoza, he now somms at the Park Hyatt Mendoza.
What was your last pairing recommendation?
An Angelica Zapata Cabernet Franc with smoked boar shoulder, golden sweet potato, cayote and shallots in a Malamado malbec sauce.
What did you drink last night?
Last night I was lucky enough to drink Lagrima Canela 2013, Mantra Pinot Noir 2011 and Siesta Cabernet Franc 2012.
What’s your favourite wine region in the world and why?
Côte d’Or in Burgundy hands down. A place I’ve still yet to travel to and that’s probably why I find it so interesting. A region filled with not only history but also a diversity of soils allowing for wines from neighbouring vineyards to be so different is truly what got me into wine.
What do you love most about your job?.
Making people’s day. Whether it’s as simple as explaining why they like the wine they like, or as complex as explaining the different reactions or sensations they are feeling when combing wine and food to create the perfect pairing for each individual.
Name a gem in your personal cellar.
A 1984 Château Mouton Rothschild.
The best thing that ever happened to you as a somm?
Becoming a somm!
If you were a wine, you’d be:
I’d defitintely be a Amarone della valpolicella. When you first meet me I may appear to be a shy quiet guy, but with a lot of patience and a little bit of trust, you get to see the true sweetheart I really am who’s not only passionate about wine, but also my family who has made me the person I am today.