Designed by renowned flatware and wine-key crafters Laguiole, this piece has been two years in the making. As I have been using Laguiole for my entire career as a sommelier that spans 14 years, it has always been a dream of mine to partner with them to design my own wine-key. In 1992, Laguiole founded a ‘Best Sommelier in the World’ series of keys, which spurred my ambition to create my own.
Made with Laiton (brass), ivory and finished with compressed wood brushed with resin, the key reflects my background – the use of red and white symbolizing the Austrian flag. Often considered the most prestigious keys amongst sommeliers and wine experts, I find Laguiole keys superior to others I have used – they have great handling, a sharp blade and most importantly, they have the perfect length spiral. Traditionally, Laguiole keys are made with only two elements, whereas mine, in order to realize exactly the key I wanted, is made with five and for this reason, only a limited number have been produced.