From being a boarder-jumper to a refugee, driven by humbleness and modesty, Joseph Dhafana has seen him rise over the years to be regarded as one of the best sommeliers in Africa. Joseph, the head sommelier at La Colombe Restaurant in Cape Town, has captained the Zimbabwean team at the World Blind Wine Tasting Championship in October 2017.
As Dhafana enters the next dimension of his career as a winemaker of his own label, Mosi, he is modestly creating poignant life light-years away from his hometown of Masinga. Mosi is not just another wine. The brand gives us a window into his life – the places he’s been, and where he wants to go. We got a chance to have a feature interview with him as Joseph tells this Yedu Lani Travel magazine about his experience as a renowned Sommelier, the best piece of advice he ever received and the latest wine trends.
What is the best piece of wine advice you have been given? And who gave it?
Never be serious when tasting wine, the moment you become serious, you will be taking the fun of wine. Unknown.
What inspired you to become a sommelier?
So many things but I have to mention the beauty of the vineyards and my two mentors Eben Sadie & Chris Mullineux.
What is the role of a sommelier in your opinion?
Advising patrons, training staff, listing wines and other beverages.
What has been your proudest achievement in wine?
When I founded team Zimbabwe which went to compete in the world Championships in France that was in 2017 and when I won the 2019 Sommelier service award.
How do you work with the chefs and kitchen to marry wines/drinks and their creations? What are your tips for menu pairing?
Tips… consider the weight of the dish, the sauce, Click Here for more