A WINE EXPERT’S FALL FROM GRACE

Lak Quach

He used to be praised for his ‘exceptional palate’ and knowledge, but Australian wine expert and former sommelier Lak Quach may have loved fine wine a little too much.

Quach has been accused by his employer, Cellarhand, of stealing up to NZ$320,000 worth of wine while working as a specialist buyer. According to hospitality sources, the stolen wine was then sold online or to Melbourne’s restaurants and retailers for a discounted price, with Quach reportedly using the proceeds to expand his private collection.