A child of the Amalfi Coast
Cristian Fusco was born and raised in Positano, an idyllic village on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. The western coastline is a popular area of Italy for tourism, having steadily grown in popularity since John Steinbeck’s infamous essay on Positano in the May 1953 edition of Harper’s Bazaar. Cristian attended a catering school in the region and began his career at a local hotel. He continued to work in the bustling hotel industry on the Amalfi Coast for several years, taking a short break at the age of 17 to study English at what is now the University of West London.
Passion as deep as a fine Italian red wine
It was whilst Cristian was working at the five-star San Pietro, a boutique hotel renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurant, that he began to develop an intense passion for wines. He soon returned to London and took a position as Sommelier at Zafferano, one of the city’s best and most highly regarded Italian restaurants.
After just four months, he became the Head Sommelier at Theo Randall’s Italian restaurant within the InterContinental Hotel Park Lane. In addition to his duties at the restaurant, he began to host private wine tastings for small groups. The idea of creating his own exclusive wine tasting experiences came during the year that Cristian spent at the InterContinental, and he completed an Advanced Course at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust alongside his time at the hotel.
The start of something spectacular
Swirl the Glass was founded in response to the overwhelmingly positive reaction from guests at each wine tasting. When they approached Cristian to excitedly share how much they’d loved the experience, he knew he had to turn his fledgling idea into a reality. Masters of wine and wine producers have been amongst those taking part, and their respected advice and encouragement have spurred his plans forward.
His drive to succeed has led him back to Italy – home of some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world – and to Positano, where he now offers private tastings Guests at Swirl the Glass events are treated to a unique and professionally-hosted private wine tasting experience. Cristian’s genuine interest in and enthusiasm for all types of wine is evident during each tasting – as he says himself: “Wine is my life – I travel all over the world in search of the very best, from tiny vineyards in Spain and Italy, to the big names in France, South Africa and Australia.
“And more than my love for these journeys of discovery is sharing what I find with others – from those with no tasting experience, to the most discerning wine lovers.”
A sommelier like no other
Cristian has divided his time between London and Positano for the last decade, most recently acting as the Head Sommelier at the Le Sirenuse Hotel.
Cristian and his team very much look forward to welcoming you to the Amalfi Coast for a true taste of Positano and Italy’s finest wines at two stunning locations.
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