Foni Pollitt 2018 Winner

While 2018 may have been the year of the rotisserie, it was also a year of some magnificent achievements in the wine side of the business. Never before have we seen so many accomplished and professional sommeliers in our restaurants. Wine service – as important as the wine list itself – is a critical factor in the delivery of a great customer experience. But a sommelier also has a responsibility for assembling the wine offering and then selling it to a restaurant’s guests.

Most importantly a good sommelier is a dispenser of wisdom and advice. A winning somm must be able to interact with customers in a way that suits their wine knowledge, budget and desire to learn.

Our winner this year has built a wine list which has a commanding presence. It is very much an extension of our winning sommelier’s vibrant personality. It has a solid backbone of good and great wines and lots of interesting and challenging titles hanging around the fringes of the large list.

We were delighted too that this year’s sommelier owns a pub – a posh and stylish pub, but a pub nonetheless. It says a lot about the maturity of the Perth hospitality scene that the standard of wine and wine service in this town can be had at an inner city tavern for business diners.

Our winner this year is Foni Pollit, co-owner and wine impresario at Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room in West Perth

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Our winner this year has built a wine list which has a commanding presence. It is very much an extension of our winning sommelier’s vibrant personality. It has a solid backbone of good and great wines and lots of interesting and challenging titles hanging around the fringes of the large list."