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December Spotlight on Wine with SWA

Discover the evolving world of sommeliers amidst hospitality challenges, learn from wine consultant Stefan Neumann's insights, and explore exciting new restaurant openings. Read on to discover all the articles from SWA this month.

Sommelier Challenges

The hospitality industry is grappling with substantial challenges including staffing shortages and increased costs, exacerbated by recent events such as Brexit and the pandemic.

As a result, the role of sommeliers is evolving, as they are required to fast-track their training and assume additional administrative duties. However, these obstacles are fostering growth in diversity and inclusion within the beverage sector, with consumers showing a willingness to venture beyond traditional wine offerings. Alternative pairings, including beer, cider, and spirits, are becoming increasingly popular.

Meanwhile, the pressure of inflation is forcing establishments to prioritize value offerings from emerging regions over expensive classics on their wine lists.

Find the full consequences affecting sommeliers and their evolving role on the SWA website.

Q&A with Wine Consultant Stefan Neumann

Stefan Neumann is a renowned London sommelier turned consultant who entered the wine industry by chance but found his passion. Find out in his Q&A how he navigated the pandemic, set himself apart as a consultant and advises restaurants how to boost wine sales while saving on costs and stock.

Read the full Q&A with Stefan Neuman for all his insights.

New Hospitality Openings

• Pearly Queen, a new oyster bar & restaurant by Chef Tom Brown, opened on 11 November in Shoreditch.

• The Wolsey City launched on 8 November and will feature two private dining rooms with comfort food executed with flair.

The Wolsey City

• Broadwick Soho opened its doors to the public on 15 November, offering contemporary Italian offerings & drinks from its four bars & restaurants.

Find out more about the top new hospitality openings as recommended by SWA.

These article summaries were generated by AI tools, before being edited by Imbibe Live.

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