Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT - Pho­to­graph by Kai Huang

As a free­lance wine and hos­pi­tal­ity con­sul­tant, Pierre Dee Addison thinks it is amaz­ing to be a wo­man in wine in this day and age. “Most peo­ple think it is a man’s world, but I be­lieve women gen­er­ally have more open palates even with­out prior ed­u­ca­tion. When that palate is de­vel­oped and honed, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.”

Af­ter spend­ing 10 years in the United States, where she re­ceived her as­so­ciate de­gree in Culi­nary Arts from the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica, som­me­lier cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Court of Master Som­me­liers, a Wine & Spirit Trust ad­vanced cer­tifi­cate, and worked at a num­ber of res­tau­rants on the East Coast, Pierre and her young fam­ily re­turned to Manila in 2011 to find an emerg­ing wine cul­ture among a younger set of cus­tomers. “There were very few som­me­liers at the time though,” she re­calls. “I knew of a few work­ing for pri­vate col­lec­tors but most res­tau­rants did not have one, not even the ho­tels. Lately, how­ever, we’ve seen a lot of es­tab­lish­ments hir­ing pro­fes­sion­als to fo­cus solely on the wine and bev­er­age pro­gram. The di­rec­tion now is to of­fer a com­plete din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a som­me­lier is part of that front-of-house orches­tra that en­hances the diner’s full ex­pe­ri­ence. “

For her clients, Pierre de­vel­ops, ex­e­cutes, and main­tains wine pro­grams, and of­fers training pro­grams with a fo­cus on wine ser­vice. She up­dates wine lists for res­tau­rants based on new trends and up-and-com­ing pro­duc­ers. Ad­mit­tedly, she is hap­pi­est when she can rec­om­mend a bot­tle of wine that cus­tomers have never had be­fore. “It ex­cites me to fig­ure out the fla­vor pro­file that each per­son loves and try to recre­ate that ex­pe­ri­ence with a new pro­ducer, a new bot­tle. ” «


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