Sommelier Talks: An Interview with a Sommelier Dimitra Fili
Have you ever wondered what’s it like to have a career in wine industry? Or maybe you’re just a dedicated wine lover, who wants to know more? We put a spotlight on professional sommeliers and asked to tell us about their background, funniest stories and failures.
A few words about you, what do you do?
Hello wine lovers!
I’m Dimitra, from Greece; currently working as a senior sommelier at Roka restaurant Charlotte street, London, UK.
What was your background before you became a sommelier?
I studied materials engineering in Greece and to support my studies I started working in a wine bar, where fell in love with wine. After finishing my studies I knew that I all I wanted was to be involved in the wine industry so I moved to London to make my dream come true.
Did you know what is it going to be like when you just started? Do you remember your first day?
I had no idea how it would be working as sommelier in London. On my first day I must’ve looked very lost!
Have you had any failures so far and how did you get over it?
I have been lucky and haven’t had any failures yet. But I believe that failures are part of success and no one should fear them!
What is the funniest story ever happened to you at work?
During my first days in the wine bar in Greece on a busy Saturday evening there were two big tables close to each other both drinking white wine. The table on the left was having an expensive burgundy while the table on the right a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. By accident I poured the Sauvignon blanc in to the expensive burgundy wine. Fortunately I realised soon enough and only poured in one glass and no one noticed!
Any practical advice for people who are considering to become a sommelier?
Be ready for lots of studying, interacting with different personalities (colleagues and guests) and being on your feet all day. Being a sommelier is way of life not just a job!
P.S.: you’re never gonna get bored cause every day is a unique experience.
Bonus question: If you could only buy one bottle to drink in December, what would it be?
If I could only buy one bottle for this month it would be champagne (my all time favourite wine) because during the festive period bubbles are a must!
Pol Roger Winston Churchill cuvée 2004 which is made in honor of Winston Churchill and the exact composition of the cuvée is a family secret.
“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best”
Winston S. Churchill