STOLI BOLLI MAKE OVER
Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a British television sitcom created by, written by and starring Jennifer Saunders. It is based on the 1990 French & Saunderssketch Modern Mother and Daughter, created by Saunders and Dawn French. The series features Saunders as Edina Monsoon, heavily drinking Stoli vodka and Bollinger Champagne known as Stoli Bolli. These were they hay days for Stoli. Nowadays it’s about a re-birth of the brand and here to take leadership on this monumental role is Simone Bodini.
While visiting Eau de Vie for an afternoon of crew education, I caught up with Somine, the Italian Bartender representing a Russian brand of vodka now made in Latvia. Not to worry he claims, let’s just call it European. And like every other fashion label that is designed somewhere and made somewhere else, we can all accept and be happy with this dynamic.
Simone was born and raised in Italy. Since he was a child he proved to be a very curious kid. Growing up in the Italian metropole he developed an open minded way of thinking and a cosmopolitan way of living. After a short period in Dallas he has returned home: the most exciting city: Rome.
In the middle of sociology studies at the university, he casually ended up behind a bar. He fell in love with this new profession and attended many Bartender trainings in one of the most prestigious institutions in Italy: Planet One –‐American bartending school. Seduced by Flair Bartending he dedicated hours and hours to practice his new passion to finally compete worldwide in cities such London (Road House World Finals), Las Vegas (Legends of Bartending) and many more. He was crowned three times as an Italian champion (BMGP) and once world champion in 2006 (BMGP).
As a bartender and trainer in the top Italian Bartending Schools (Flair Project, Rebirth of Liquid Art by Supper Club, Mixology Academy, Bottlebunker) Simone was involved in the development of the bar couture in Italy from the late nineties. Introducing new trends, seeking for talent as a Judge in competitions and sharing his passion and knowledge by teaching hundreds of young bartenders.
Thanks to all these stimulating experiences he achieved knowledge for premium spirits and their best usability in cocktails. Addicted to Martini love the ritual behind the preparation of the cocktail best with elit Ultra Luxury Vodka and some great Italian green olives!
Apart from his dedication and passion for bartending his personal passion is to travel discovering different fascinating cultures. His secret hidden talent is playing electric guitar.