The Last Word

The Last Word with Thomas Soliman, director, GreatVine

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
I founded GreatVine in May 2016.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
This is the best job in the world, as there’s really no such thing as a typical day or routine. My day could involve pairing wines to a dinner menu for top chefs like Will Brown, meeting a customer at their hotel or restaurant to taste exciting new wines from one of our artisan, single vineyard producers, or planning a wine event at a customer’s restaurant. Most fulfilling are the days spent visiting the amazing family-owned vineyards that we represent.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Food & beverage manager for Marriott International.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: The Wine Show
FAVOURITE FILM: Sideways
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Sono Innocente – Vasco Rossi
FAVOURITE BAND: The Eagles
LAST BOOK READ: Luigi Veronelli –
La vita è troppo corta per bere vini cattivi (Life is too short to drink bad wines)
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY:
Mohamed Ali

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD:
Spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams)
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT:
Ristorante Il Girasole, Chiarano, Treviso
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT:
Palazzo Sant’Angelo, Venice
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Temple Bar Pub, Dublin
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD:
Venice
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL:
Andrea Bocelli
LAST HOLIDAY: Dubai

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK:
Caffè Corretto
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK:
Mineral water
BEER OR CIDER: I don’t drink beer or cider.
WHITE OR RED WINE: Red
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Brandy
GIN OR VODKA: Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Mohamed Ali, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Bocelli and Vasco Rossi.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My waiter’s friend.

WHO WOULD PLAY ME IN A MOVIE? Morgan Freeman

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
I’m doing it.

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Mohamed Ali

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
Mohamed Ali – I met him in 1986 when he was my guest at the hotel.

MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I’VE LEARNT?
I never lose. I either win or learn.

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