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Interview: Gabriele del Carlo, sommelier at Le Cinq, Hôtel George V, Paris 75008 – Part Two

Judy MacMahon - 10.06.2013 - www.MyFrenchLife.org

Recently I spoke to Gabriele del Carlo, a sommelier at Le Cinq, Hôtel George V in Paris. In part two of our interview, Gabriele shares some of his favourite places in Paris.
To find out more about Garbiele and how he came to be at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris – you can read the first part of the interview here.

Italians are widely regarded as some of the most romantic people in Europe, and Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world. As an Italian in Paris, would you say that this is the day-to-day reality, or just a cliché?
I don’t know much about this – it’s sure that staying in a such a beautiful city like Paris, and such a beautiful Palace like the Four Seasons George V [is] an infinite pleasure that [I’ve been able to] appreciate each day since three years ago.

Judy MacMahon - 12.06.2013 - www.MyFrenchLife.org

How did it feel to be one of the youngest winners of the ‘Best Sommelier Competition’ in Italy? What advice would you give to budding wine enthusiasts hoping to follow a similar path?
Never surrender! I did the challenge for five years, and I had to wait years [and] years before getting the award. I discovered the bitter taste of defeat. The most important thing is to do that with love and passion, and you will be sure that one day it will pay.

Judy MacMahon - 12.06.2013 - www.MyFrenchLife.org

Favourite places in Paris

To eat

El Fogon, a Spanish restaurant with the best Paella you can eat in France.

45 quai des Grands-Augustins, 75006 Paris
Métro: Saint-Michel

To drink

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Le Fumoir, a very nice bar and restaurant next to the Louvre.

6 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris
Métro: Louvre-Rivoli

To shop

In Lafayette you can find everything you need.

Galéries Lafayette
40 Boulevard Haussman, 75009 Paris
Métro: Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette

To play

The Queen, on the Champs-Élysées.

102 Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Métro: George V

Merci mille fois for speaking with us at MaVieFrançaise®, Gabriele! We’re sure we’ll hear plenty more of you in the not-too-distant future…

Gabriele suggests that love and passion helped him win the ‘Best Sommelier Competition’ and then his dream job – a great piece of advice for us all!

What would your dream job be?

31 avenue George V, Paris 75008
Téléphone: 0149 52 70 00
Métro: George V
Image Credits:
1- 3. Cellar at Le George V, Kala Barba-Court for MaVieFrançaise®.

4. Le Fumoir, via Yelp.


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