Luca Gagliardi, general manager of Pierchic, has been nominated by a jury of twenty sommeliers to represent the country at the next New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship which will take place in February 2019.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and US all eligible to participate. Following a successful submission showcasing his knowledge on New Zealand’s wines and his own drive for sustainable hospitality practices and produce, Gagliardi was selected by a jury of professionals in the UAE at a country-level finale which took place at the New Zealand Consulate in Dubai last year.
“Ensuring Pierchic is stocked with the finest organic wines from around the world is a passion project of both mine and the entire Pierchic team,” commented Gagliardi.
“My team are trained to the highest international standards and are fluent in the quality and history behind each grape served. We offer our expertise to our guests to ensure they are fully informed ahead of making their choice and pride ourselves on their satisfaction.”
Gagliardi is ardent about serving only ethically-sourced produce throughout Pierchic, and has extended this sustainable philosophy to wines, with a list comprising of only sustainably-produced organic grape.
Since joining Pierchic last year, the one major change that Gagliardi has brought about was ensuring that all produce sourced is sustainable, be it cream cheese from Sharjah or blue lobster from Dorset, England, all caught in sustainable ways to the highest standards as implemented by the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide.