Sunday March 25 2012
– One of Australia’s most respected sommeliers has been arrested amid allegations he pilfered wine.
Raul Moreno-Yague was interviewed by Criminal Investigation Unit detectives on Tuesday over alleged deception at the Steer Bar and Grill, in Chapel Street, South Yarra, where he has worked since it opened in October 2010.
The Spanish-born wine expert denies the allegations and plans to take legal action against his former employees.
Restaurant sources said Mr Moreno-Yague was sacked soon after his arrest at his Balaclava home, sending shockwaves through Melbourne’s tight-knit hospitality industry.
Mr Moreno-Yague’s lawyer, Ben Skinner, a partner at Clamenz, Evans and Ellis, said the allegations centred on a private wine order made by Mr Moreno-Yague.
Mr Skinner said the wine was never the employer’s.
Owners at Steers could not be contacted yesterday and staff at the restaurant refused to comment. However, sources close to the restaurant said an internal investigation over the past few weeks had discovered thousands of dollars worth of wine had gone missing.
Asked about the missing wine, Mr Skinner said his client was not responsible and there were accounting discrepancies with numerous explanations.
Mr Moreno-Yague trained as a sommelier at London’s award-winning Mirabelle restaurant with chef Marco Pierre White before moving to Australia in 2003. He landed the top wine job at chef Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde.
Mr Moreno-Yague left Vue de Monde to launch Steer as wine director in 2010. He also manages the wine at the Nova Cinema tapas bar in Carlton.
A police spokeswoman confirmed a 32-year-old Balaclava man was arrested and interviewed on Tuesday by Stonnington CIU, who released him pending summons – Wendy Hargreaves


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  1. Josh says:

    This article has been retracted by the Herald Sun due to inaccuracy. The suspect in question was never arrested nor charged. Therefore, we recommend that you take this article off your website. Failure to do so will result in alternative legal measures. Any further questions please email us.

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