Louella Mathews, Head Sommelier bibo wine bar, part owner of The Somm & The Winemaker Wines, wine consultant, part time wine judge, Queen of the Wine Reels (NSW & National Exec. Committees)
|I BECAME A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO:
To rebuild a wine community in Sydney and Australia. To bring sommeliers, winemakers, wine retailers, wine media, wine influencers together to discuss all things wine – the good, the bad and the ugly.
|MY BACKGROUND IS:
I grew up in the wine region Orange, and it is here where I learnt the relationship between good wine, good food and good people. You have to have the whole trifecta.
|THE MOTTO I LIVE BY IS:
Work hard – play hard – nap hard
|MY ROLE MODEL IS:
So many! [In wine] Sophie Otton, Sarah Andrew, Amanda Yallop, Pip Anderson, Annette Lacey, Emma Plummeridge and Beck Lines to name a few!And in life – Beyonce & Cardi B.
|THE PERFECT MEAL WOULD BE:
I’d like to go to Tasmania, learn how to freshly shuck some oysters, whilst drinking a magnum of Pierre Peters – just the blanc de blanc nothing too fancy.And don’t get me started on my Henriques Sercial Madeira & Flambe Chorizo match at bibo!
|WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A PART OF THE WINE INDUSTRY IS …
The people. I love listening to the passion of viticulturists, the conviction of winemakers, the excitement from wine reps and retelling these stories to other sommeliers, to my guests and seeing their eyes light up with the same love that I have for this beautiful wine industry.