2023 has already been a heady year for Christophe Meyer, the head sommelier at Germany’s 5-star superior Dollenberg resort in the Black Forest. In addition to receiving the Gault&Millau Sommelier of the Year award two years running, the Strasbourg native has received the MICHELIN Sommelier Award for his outstanding expertise and performance.
A Storyteller and Romantic with a Fine Nose for Wine and People
As a youth, Meyer’s plan was to train as a chef and marry a French girl. Instead he fell in love with a German woman, moved from France to Germany and, inspired by an internship in Burgundy, developed a burning passion for wine. 16 years ago, he joined the Dollenberg team where he enchants the guests as much with stories about the wines themselves as with his recommendations. An excellent relationship with 2-MICHELIN-starred chef Martin Herrmann and a list that encompasses more than 600 wines are no small aid to the wine expert, but his interest in and sensitivity for the guests and their preferences also inform his choices. Yes, the wine needs to go well with food, but the guests’ personal preferences must also play a part.
I like to tell a story about the chosen wine as this adds to the experience.