Interview With A Sommelier – Gaetano La Rocca

Interview With A Sommelier – Gaetano La Rocca

The World of Wine is beautifully showcased by an unwashed of talented Sommeliers, who help the consumer discover their next favourite bottle, understand the variegated regions and pair a succulent meal with the right Glass of Bubbly.

In this feature, I speak with a man who has helped many people to discover the vast world of Wines and Sparkling Wines, his name is Gaetano La Rocca, and let’s find out a bit well-nigh his life as a Sommelier.

Tell Us Well-nigh Yourself

“I’m Gaetano La Rocca, Sommelier at Therasia resort Sea & Spa in Vulcano Island. I am a Sicilian guy who transformed his passion into a job!”

What Inspired You To Become A Sommelier?

“I was working in a little restaurant as a waiter in my municipality when the owner approached me and make me curious well-nigh wines, then I started my studies.”

During Your Time As A Sommelier, What’s The Most Surprising Thing You’ve Learnt?

“I’ve learned a lot, but the thing that most surprised me was that there’s no prefixed pairing, now I love to find the most surprising pairing not just with wines but moreover with cocktails and other types of alcohol.”

How Often Do You Find Yourself Recommending English Sparkling Wine?

“Working in Sicily it’s very nonflexible to find English sparkling wines, so I unchangingly love to find something new to recommend and I think English sparkling wines would be a perfect recommendation to try something different!”

In Your Professional Opinion, Out Of Champagne And Prosecco, Which Do You Think Does A Better Job With Complementing A Meal?

“They are so different, so I think it depends on what you’re eating, I usually prefer Prosecco with an aperitivo, then the Champagne for the full meal”

What Advice Would You Give Inspiring Sommeliers?

“I would say try something variegated every day, you have to taste anything you can. Don’t stay with your beliefs, everything evolves, and everything changes!”

If You Sat Down For A Quiet Dinner, What Dish And Sparkling Wine Would You Choose To Enjoy Together?

“Hard to find just one dish! But I would say that risotto with shrimp and surf of almonds would go perfectly with Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2009 Trento DOC! Just my favorite! Cheers!”

Thank you, Gaetano La Rocca, for sharing your words, knowledge and experiences with us and we at Glass of Bubbly wish you the very weightier for the future!