Views out across the verdant Comignone vineyards in Franciacorta, Italy

What sommeliers drink


Four Mandarin Oriental sommeliers share their expert opinions on good wine, from legendary vintages to bold new wine-making talents

The best sommeliers are extraordinary: connoisseurs with a deep knowledge of wine and a flair for storytelling, who instinctively know exactly which bottle to summon from the cellar. From the rarest of Champagnes to the lesser-known grapes and winemakers to watch, we asked four Mandarin Oriental sommeliers for their insider recommendations.

Three wine experiences for aficionados

Sip Champagne in Madrid

When it comes to gilded glamour, nowhere shines more than the eight-seat Champagne Bar at Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. Second-to-none Champagnes are paired with decadent bocados (small bites): think sea urchin béarnaise, caviar-topped oysters and acorn-fed Iberian ham.

Unlock one of Paris’s finest cellars

Explore the fabled wine cellars at Mandarin Oriental, Paris with the most expert of guides: Head Sommelier David Biraud. It’s a chance to get the inside story on some of the extraordinary wines served at the two-starred Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, including a seductive Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Arioso’.

Sail to Barcelona’s vineyards

Just northeast of Barcelona, Alella produces bold reds and crisp, floral whites – some showcasing the Pansa Blanca grape, native to this tiny wine region. Hop on a yacht from Port Olimpic, on a four-hour trip to an organic winery arranged by the concierge at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

All offers and experiences available at time of publication. Please contact the hotel team for more information.