Dry Extract Interview: Salvo Russo of Heliot Steak House, England

Salvo Russo of Heliot Steak House, England.

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Salvo Russo of Heliot Steak House, England.

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Salvo Russo is head of wine at London's Hippodrome Casino, which includes the fine-dining restaurant Heliot Steak House. Salvo moved to London from his native Italy at the age of 20 to pursue a career as a sommelier, working in numerous restaurants and bars. He has Level 4 WSET Diploma, is a WSET wine educator and one day dreams of making his own wine.

The best advice I ever got

Be grateful for what you have.

My life motto

Remembering that my thoughts are the primary cause of everything. 

I am currently reading

Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner.

My most played music track

Nutshell (unplugged) by Alice In Chains.

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A viticulturist.

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 

Knowledge of the wildness.

My favourite kind of exercise

Practising Shaolin Kung Fu.

I relax while

Practising Tai Chi. 

I collect

Vintage Pendleton wool jackets.

My essential newspaper/magazine


My desert-island wine


I have learnt a lot from

My wife, Hannah.

My last meal and sip will be

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 2015 with beef Wellington.