VICE: Women (Drinks do not count)
Spoken like a true European.
Arola - I like women so much; I have no more vices. When I was young my best friends and I were Deadheads and we had very nice trips together, but I stopped in 1997 when I opened my first restaurant because I think when you are a business man like I am, you have responsibilities, so I stopped going out. I drink a beer daily, and of course, I never could recognize wine as a vice! The wine is culture. All of the drinks, in general, are culture — part of the food, a part of life. If I have to choose one wine, I would choose a very old, good Burgundy.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is Supercompressor's Gear editor and a one-time sous chef for Sergi Arola. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.