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Master Sommelier Alexander Koblinger is the Head Sommelier and Quality control manager at the Döllerers in Golling. Born in Styria, Koblinger grew up as a landlord in a cider region in Upper Austria. He gained his Master Sommelier title in 2011 and currently is the only active Master Sommelier in Austria. He has diverse experience working in the wine industry in the UK, US, and UAE for more than two decades. In addition to his achievement with the Court of Master Sommelier, Koblinger has been Austria’s “Sommelier of the Year'' nine times and has been awarded the title of “Sake Samurai” by the Japan Sake Brewers Association. Consistent hard work, his interest, and his curiosity to learn more about the wine world have driven him to where he is today. We had a moment with him for a quick Q & A round to know his idea of Sommelier’s business.
What kind of food do you serve? Who are your clients?
By introducing me to interesting wines
Continuity, Standards, and Focus
A race driver
The grape, vintage, and area it comes from.
Enthusiastic, willing to learn, able to sell, and a team player
Biggest sellers and turnarounds.
Best - Tasting wine with interesting people
Worst - Inventory
Lamb shank with aged Blaufränkisch
Header image source: Alex Koblinger
Interviewed By Tushar Anand, Junior Writer, Beverage Trade Network