|Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea|
|Wednesday, 04 November 2009 16:35|
I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides. Even though I am French, I am not a great fan of Champagne for that reason. But I have had a great time visiting the area recently, once to Louis Roederer and the second trip to Ruinart and Krug. One of the perks of the job is to visit vineyards and see how they operate and get to know the producers and their wines, there is no better way to get a deeper insight of what is happening in the industry. My next trip is to Lebanon which is an extremely exciting prospect for me.
Thankfully Bluebird has not suffered from the recession and we're quite busy, in fact we haven't stopped since April. We mainly cater for locals and regulars who like the place and find our food and wines attractive. Plus we're quite big on events such as birthdays, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and business lunches and dinners.
At the moment we are selling a lot of Pinot Noir especially from New Zealand, we have 15 on the menu, but the most popular seems to be Central Otago's Mt Difficulty 2007 (£70). Bordeaux also seems to be coming back to the fore, it had been a bit quiet and we are still not selling too many first growths, it seems to be more second.
Popular whites also tend to be old classics such as Chablis, or Sancerre and of course New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc always sells well.
Although I do like to promote more unusual wines and coax people into trying something a bit different, one of those is a Silvaner by an Alto Adige producer called Koferhof. Silvaner is a fabulous grape, similar to Riesling but with more minerality, it has just been promoted as a possible grape for Grand Cru production in Alsace.