Eric Zwiebel - Cellar Master

More about our Award Winning Sommelier

"I arrived at Summer Lodge in 2004, and my path here has been an interesting one. Prior to Summer Lodge, I was at Cliveden, and before that, I had the great privilege of having Gerard Basset, one of the founders of the Hotel du Vin Group, as my employer and mentor.

My parents have always been in the restaurant business in Alsace in France, and this is how I started out. Food service, whilst interesting, did not excite me as much as I would have liked, and so I started to dabble in the wine service aspect, and I quickly realised that this was the right way to go.

Our wine list takes some beating. Emanuel, the Assistant Cellar Master and I are well placed, both in terms of experience and wine resources at our disposal, to suggest the perfect accompaniment to your delicious meal. We both regularly take part in competitions to stay abreast of trends and developments throughout the world and our list has won many awards because of its balance and diversity. Our cellar is recognised as one of the best in the world by the Wine Spectator Magazine.

I look forward to taking you on a most delicious tour! I am always getting to know amazing wines and learning many interesting things that I hope will enhance your food and beverage experience."

Eric Zwiebel's Awards and Accolades

  • 4th place in the 'Best Sommelier in the World' competition in Tokyo in April 2013
  • 'Wine Spectator' has again awarded Summer Lodge with a 'Best of Award of Excellence' for 2012, stating that the hotel has one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world
  • 2nd place in the 'Best Sommelier of Europe' competition, 2008
  • Runner-up in the  Ruinart 'Best Sommelier of the World' Competition, 2007
  • Winner of the French semi-final for the 'Best Sommelier in the World' competition and France's only representative at the finals in 2007
  • 3rd place in the 'Best Sommelier of Europe' competition in 2006
  • UK 'Sommelier of the Year' 2004
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