I paid a visit to my favorite local Sommelier, Marcus Gausepohl (@marcuswinesalot). Not only is he the Wine Director at Ibiza Food and Wine Bar in mid-town Houston and in my WSET 3 class … he was also recently named one of the “Houston wine experts you need to know” by the Houston Chronicle. So, get to know him a little better, and see some of the magnificent food and wine pairings he suggested during my recent visit to Ibiza.
Q: Marcus, what sparked your interest in wine?
A: I was in my early twenties… my girlfriend at the time invited me on a trip to Hungary, where we visited her family’s vineyard. I was inspired by the winemaking experience, winery, viticulture, history, European culture and family heritage. That’s all it took and I was hooked on wine!
Q: Where do you see your wine knowledge taking you? Perhaps a Master of Wine?
A: Hmm, well, the initial plan is to learn as much as I can about the rules and then maybe break a few along the way. Truth is, the best wine is part of an experience.
Q: If you could only drink one wine for the rest of your life, what would that be?
A: Champagne, hands down!
And with that, the wine pairings began with — what else? — champagne. Cheers!
Pairing #2: La Plancha style Portuguese Octopus, Green Zhug with Spanish chorizo paired with Alto Moncayo Veraton 2011 Garnacha.
Pairing #3 (pictured): Blackburn Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Piquillo peppers stuffed with braised short rib.