“I used to have a favourite style of wine, but the more I worked in wine, the more I realised I don’t. When you start looking at all the different types of wines you realise each has a different place; whether to accompany food or because it’s summer or depending on your feelings.”
Alexis Meszoly comes from Chantilly near Paris and at the age of 19 moved to London to improve his English. His first job was at Le Pont de la Tour as waiter, but he was “very surprised” when he first became interested in wine, because neither of his parents drink alcohol.
He very quickly discovered a passion for it, however, and rose through the ranks of the wine team at Le Pont de la Tour. In 2008 he moved back to Paris to work as sommelier at Les Ombres, but six months later returned to D&D to take up the position of Assistant Head Sommelier at Bluebird.
In March 2010 Alexis was promoted to Head Sommelier at Quaglino’s and he joined Skylon in London’s Southbank as Head Sommelier in 2011. In 2013, Alexis picked up a prestigious Acorn Award, as one of the top 30 most important up-and-coming members of the hospitality industry. In June 2014 he was promoted to Wine Manager across Old Bengal Warehouse, working with the sommeliers to build one of the most successful wine lists in London with an emphasis on up and coming American regions.