How can restaurants improve their beverage management as well as serve their guests a wine that meets their preferences and is a good fit for their meal? Over the past two years, Gregory Castelli and Jean-Baptiste Cordovado, founders of the start-up SOMM'IT, have been working on a software that makes dealing with wine a lot easier for restaurant owners.
Serving wine and managing the wine cellar at the same time is a challange, says Gregory Castelli in an interview. SOMM'IT offers three convincing benefits: a simple beverage management, the easy assembly of an always up-to-date wine menu and support with the education and training of their staff.
Castelli and Cordovado started in Bordeaux and are now targeting more cities: Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. The next step is to make the app attractive for restaurant guests as well: Each guest will be able to choose a wine via the app- perfectly coordinated according to taste and the chosen meal.
Necessary for the success for the app: an extensive knowledge about wine. This is provided by Gérard Basset, one of the best sommeliers in the world. Basset is a member of the founding team. With SOMM'IT, this knowledge is available for all users of the app- whether it is a waiter or a customer. "I convinced Basset to join us over a glass of wine," says Castelli and smiles. Any other choice of drink would have been unthinkable.