HE’S got to have one of the best noses in Manchester

 

Not surprising when you realise he has spent his working life sourcing, sampling and serving the world’s finest wines.

George Bergier, the head wine buyer and sommelier at the Victorian Chop House Group in Manchester this year celebrated fifty years in the business, and neither his enthusiasm nor his palate show any signs of waning.

 

This is the man who for nine years managed only the second ever wine bar to open in Manchester. Goblet Wine Bar at the Midland Hotel ran from 1973 – 1982, and in that time, George served superstars like actor Richard Gere and Manchester United legend George Best.

 

British Food Fortnight runs until October 7th, and with English wines enjoying something of a renaissance George believes the sparkling wines are a particularly good choice.

 

“The Bolney wine estate in Sussex does a great red sparkling Pinot Noir. They are getting a lot of recognition.

 

“At the Chop Houses we also serve a white wine by the glass and bottle from the Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire. I’ve been there three times and, in my opinion, it is ideal as an aperitif or with a light fish dish like scallops.” he said.

 

From this Sunday (September 30th) both Albert’s and Sam’s Chop houses will be serving the famous sharing plates of bone in rib of heritage beef, T-bone of heritage beef and whole roast Goosnargh chicken. All served with Sunday trimmings.

 

A huge fan of old-world wines, with Rhone Valley reds and Alsace whites’ particular favourites, George confesses that a glass of bubby is his thing.

 

“It’s not Champagne Charlie but Champagne George,” he joked

 

“I have always been heavily involved in Champagne and am Consul of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne who hold three events a year here in Manchester.”

 

And after one too many, George has his own unique Eastern European take on the “hair of the dog”.

 

“At the bottom of my freezer I always have a bottle of Polish vodka with two plastic glasses. That’s my Polish hangover cure.”