30 Jul '11, 9pm

His 200-year-old petite folie: The title came with the charge of what was at the time arguably the largest resta...

To say that Christian Vanneque loves a good bottle of wine would be a glaring understatement. The 62-year-old is after all a sommelier by profession. And one who can boast a fairly illustrious career spanning several decades, from the time he was appointed head sommelier at the three Michelin-star La Tour d'Argent in Paris at the age of 21 - making him France's youngest chef sommelier. The title came with the charge of what was at the time arguably the largest restaurant wine cellar in the world. And this impressive milestone would only be surpassed by his participation as a judge at the historic Paris Wine Tasting of May 1976 - the blind tasting in which nine French judges shocked the industry by choosing unknown Californians over some of France's best pours. Today, Vanneque's enduring appreciation for fine wine remains unbiased, even if he does admit to being only modest...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sunday/EDC110731-0000006/His-2...

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