Who is the wine director at Asiate?

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Annie Turso pulls double duty as wine director and sommelier at Asiate, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant within Mandarin Oriental, New York. A fun and personable sommelier, the Australian native makes drinking wine unpretentious and approachable. Turso, who worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s now-shuttered Vong, has crafted a wine list that features more than 800 selections. It focuses on red burgundy vintages that most powerfully pair with Asiate’s Asian flavors. For whites, she sticks to a clean and crisp style — including four pages of white burgundy varietals — which makes pairing wines with chef de cuisine Angie Berry’s contemporary American menu a joy.

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