Wine Blind Tasting Course
Learn how to become better at blind wine tasting as I share all my secrets to success on my journey to become a Master Sommelier.
as Seen on Decanter and Harpers Wine & Spirit
From the beautiful wine region of Wachau, Austria, I fell in love with wine since a young age and embarked on my sommelier journey over 15 years ago with enthusiasm, curiosity, passion and dedication. I started in Austria and privileged enough to have worked with two of the most respected names in the fine dining industry – Steirereck im Stadtpark and Restaurant Obauer before moving to the UK.
Over the last 15 years, I was humbled to have been part of the team at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Fat Duck in Bray and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park where I became a Master Sommelier in 2017 and Director of Wine in 2018.
Since 2021, I founded my own wine consultancy to widen my support and service and pursue my passion in wine education.
Having worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, and marketing agencies alike, my expertise provides the perfect bridge between all the different involved parties.
From hospitality and wine consultancy, digital partnerships to wine tastings, training, events or seminars, I tailor my service to your requirements and objectives in order to help you reach the right audience, wines, suppliers and producers. The key ones are:
- Wine & Hospitality Consultancy – from wine list creation, food and wine pairing to cellar and stock management and staff training
- Digital, Marketing & Partnerships – wine tastings, master classes, presentations, content creation, brand ambassadorship to name a few
- Wine competitions
- Wine dinners and events
Some of the brands I collaborated with across different sectors, multiple locations, continents in various formats and capacity.
Having known Stefan over many years and seeing him increase in knowledge, authority and confidence throughout his journey to become a Master Sommelier, it was a great pleasure to see him finally reach his goal. Now he is a respected examiner and lecturer within the Court of Master Sommeliers and supports and mentors those now on their path. He is a great ambassador for the profession of Sommelier and an inspiration to those who meet him.
Ronan Sayburn MS (CEO Court of Master Sommeliers Europe)
Having worked with Stefan for over 5 years I can recommend him as a true professional and amongst the best in his field. He is passionate about his subject, and for sharing his knowledge, whether this be with VIP guests drinking fine and rare wines, or guests with little knowledge of the wine world and limited budget. He has a clear enthusiasm for training and imparting knowledge with his contemporaries, from his team, to wider mentees, and through his work with The Court of Master Sommeliers. Further to this he is financially astute, successfully managing a large list and cellar, meeting prescribed margin and budget targets, and demonstrating great ROI through en primeur buying. Stefan is well liked and respected within the industry and with guests and team alike.
Mark Hastings (Director of Food & Beverage, Raffles London at the OWO)