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The Judges

David Vareille

Head Sommelier / Wine buyer, The Arts Club, London, UK

David Vareille was raised in Chablis and began his career at the age of 16 when he worked in the Michelin-starred La Salamandre and spent much of his time in the cellars establishing a love for fine wine. In the years that followed, he worked with some of the best chefs in Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Spain, before moving to the UK in 2004 as head sommelier of L’Enclume in the Lake District.Vareille has since worked for the Hotel du Vin group and London’s Bleeding Heart restaurant, before joining Bar Boulud in 2010 as head sommelier for the opening of chef Daniel Boulud’s first UK restaurant. With a focus on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, as well as new world selections, this was a natural move for Vareille. He believes Bar Boulud is a combination of his three great passions: fantastic food, fantastic wines and the best guests you can dream of.