Fredrik Lindfors took over as the new head sommelier at the Grand Hotel on January 1, 2016. Yesterday, he was named the best sommelier in Sweden at the Swedish National Sommelier Championship held in the Winter Garden over the weekend.
With aBachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Meal Science, Fredrik has an extensive background in the world of wine, spirits and other beverages. His résumé includes the dining room at Operakällaren, beverage manager/sommelier and maître d’ at the Veranda restaurant, as well as head barman at the Cadier Bar and Åre Continental Inn. He also won first place in both the Moët & Chandon Sommelier Challenge 2012 and the Rioja Sommelier Awards.
“With yesterday’s win at the Swedish National Sommelier Championship, we are especially delighted to have recruited Fredrik Lindfors. Here at the Grand Hôtel, he will continue to develop the depth and breadth of our wine cellar. Our goal, as always, is to deliver a world-class wine and beverage experience and I am sure that thanks to Fredrik we will reach new heights,” says Pia Djupmark, CEO, Grand Hôtel.
The Grand Hôtel’s wine cellar contains over 18 000 bottles, including a couple of unique bottles from 1874, the year the hotel opened. The Grand Hôtel’s extensive collection of exclusive wines has now become more accessible to guests as the hotel has started to sell more and more wines by the glass. Today it is possible to order a glass of wine in the SEK 600 to SEK 2 500 per glass price class.
“With such an exceptional wine cellar, our aim is to provide our guests with the best there is to offer in terms of wine, spirits and other beverages, with a selection in various price classes. Another key element is that all the bottles in our wine cellar are on our wine list,” says Fredrik Lindfors, Head Sommelier, Grand Hôtel.
With its beautiful interiors and superb waterfront location at the very heart of Stockholm, the Grand Hôtel has been home to international celebrities, prestigious events and discerning bon-vivants since 1874. The hotel houses the stylish Cadier Bar, Mathias Dahlgren’s Michelin-starred restaurants and the classic Veranda, all offering spectacular views of the Royal Palace and world-class food and drink. The Grand Hôtel also boasts relaxing saunas, steam baths, and refreshing plunge pools at Nordic Spa & Fitness. The Grand Hôtel is owned by Investor AB via The Grand Group.