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Sunday 13 February 2022

Meet the sommelier who is seriously dynamite

Music lovers might do a double-take when they take a look at the sommelier serving them at top London restaurant Clove Club. 

Dominic Smith is not only the wine guru at the Michelin-starred eatery, he also has a second career as Dynamite MC, a well-known rapper and MC. 

Dynamite MC, now 46, has been a fixture on the drum and bass scene for two decades, touring the globe. 

More recently his focus has been on educating people about wine. His diverse twin interests have won him attention ranging from the Financial Times to gossip site Popbitch
He told the FT: "My real epiphany was with a bottle of 2011 Crocus Malbec de Cahors I ordered to celebrate winning MC of the Year at the Drum&BassArena Awards in 2015. 

"I tasted it and it just hit me: wow, this is incredible, melting, velvet. I Googled it to find out more, and I saw a link to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and I thought, why not go educate myself?”

He quickly competed his WSET levels 1, 2 and 3 and was offered a job by Clove Club co-founder Daniel Willis. 

The experience was “completely eye-opening. I’d eaten in fine-dining restaurants all over the world on tour, but there’s a huge difference between being a guest and working in a restaurant, being part of this beautiful ballet that’s going on all the time unnoticed that is practised and rehearsed," he told the FT.

"The preparation and detail that go into making a restaurant function so seamlessly is incredible. I had to earn my stripes."

Smith’s big loves are Champagne and pinot noir but he still performs as a musician on a regular basis. 


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