What to drink in the summer?
I'm just back from desserts and wines tasting, most of the vines were dry and semi-dry, but since there was nothing sweet, it all went well with the desserts. For me, it was something extraordinary, since I was more accustomed to combining desserts with wines like Porto, Madeira, perhaps muscats. Summer is made for light wines. There are two types of wine: sparkling and pink. If it is pink - it may be from the south of France, with the bright aroma of ripe red berries: strawberries, raspberries. Sparkling, from Prosecco to Champagne, through Cava. Well, white. Don't stop at hits like the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. You can go a little further: the Italian Vermentino of Tuscany, Liguria or Sardinia; Wonderful Spanish Verdejo. At our bar, we want guests to get acquainted with the new things and we want them to travel through that taste, not just selling the classics. It is worth developing the flavors.
Essentially: Cava or Prosecco?
Cava. It is more gastronomic and better combined with food.
The story of the best booze?
It was quite recently. My friend and I went to a 2CELLOS concert, then decided to go and have a drink. It was LeSilpo, where there is a great option - a wine bar, and we love to stay there, thanks to Marco Cervetti, the brand's head chef. We sat down so well that they drank 4 bottles of wine for the night. Luckily the wines were light! It was a kind of tasting, as we tasted the new ones: the Spanish Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc, the Albariano of Galicia, the Verdicchio del Dastello di Jesi and the Portuguese Vinho Verde. These are the top hits of the summer! In the morning I felt good!
Tell us about such an unusual thing as a wine machine.
This is an innovative thing which is available at our place only. We were making a design for a long time, and it was relatively expensive because the refrigeration units were assembled separately, the towers and other elements were assembled separately as well. Vine machine is a popular thing. Firstly, it is an eco product because we are moving away from a bottle, cork and label. 20 liters of such wine saves up to 1 ton of garbage. Do not dispose of bottles, it is better to transport them. Secondly, wine is becoming more affordable as we save up to 30% on the purchase price through packaging. Thirdly, the right temperature is very important, especially in summer. After all, when you bring a warm glass, which is being poured with not fully chilled wine - all the impression is smeared. It pours VERY fast. There was a case when the guests came and I was standing at the bar. Their order was ready in 30 seconds. They were very surprised because they had been carrying wine for 40 minutes in a previous bar. It was a wow effect. Many restaurateurs and guests look and ask what it is. This is a product of the future. The facts I have already listed play an important role. It also saves storage. Well, affordability - in WinBar the glass of wine starts from 75 UAH.
Let's talk about the music and wine pairing. Tell us what is your favorite album and which wine suits it the best?
There was sort of experiment for me: at one of the festivals I was picking wine with the music compositions performed by the guitarist and saxophonist. I like to listen to completely different music, it depends on the mood. Let's suppose, with Nirvana, I would serve a rich, explosive red wine, Australian Shiraz: dark berries, spices, power!