9 September, 2015
Perth-based sommelier Antonio Vilaca had reason to celebrate last Friday night (4 Sept), when he was awarded the ‘Food and Beverage Associate’ for 2015 at the annual HM Awards ceremony held at Sydney Town Hall.
Presented in front of 600 hoteliers and industry suppliers, the HM Awards recognise staff, properties and hotel brands for industry excellence across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Antonio is a sommelier of 30 years who manages a collection of over 3,000 wines at the Best Western Premier Terrace Hotel in Perth’s West End.
The HM Award is the third wine accolade for The Terrace Hotel this year, with the hotel also awarded ‘Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Wine List Winner’ and ‘Best Metropolitan Wine List Featuring WA Wines’ at the recent WA Wine List Awards for Excellence.
Antonio said: “Sommeliers bring instrumental value to restaurants across the world. We have a careful focus on customer service and recommend the right wines to pair with a meal, which is very important for restaurant reviews and reputation.”
Antonio uses a six-step approach to recommend wines. “I train our food and beverage staff to host customers through a wine tasting process. Each person is asked six initial questions to determine their flavour and style, depending on their meal and the season.”
“Every customer prefers a different taste, and this is what I love most about helping them discover the perfect wine for them on the night. I am honoured to receive this award as I continue to take my customers on a culinary awakening when they dine at The Terrace Restaurant in Perth,” he said.
About Best Western Premier Terrace Hotel, Perth WA
The 5-star Best Western Premier Terrace Hotel has seven suites, eight deluxe rooms, three dining and meeting rooms, two alfresco dining areas and a Sommelier’s Tasting Room with private wine vault housing over 3,000 labels of local and international wines. A $20 million restoration saw The Terrace Hotel reopen in 2012 and later join Best Western’s upper-upscale Best Western Premier hotel type in May 2013. Best Western Australasia has 160 hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and three hotel types. See bestwestern.com.au