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The highly trained sommelier staff at Le Bernardin can always make recommendations from what can be a daunting (i.e. lengthy) wine list. But you’re in good hands at Le Bernardin — wine director Aldo Sohm won the title “Best Sommelier in the World” in a 2008 contest. Sohm, along with his staff of sommeliers, recommends both traditional and more unusual pairings to go with the New York restaurant’s beautifully prepared seafood dishes. Watch for the staff to pair wines, or even beers, with dishes in unconventional but delicious combinations.
Specializing in wines from Burgundy, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant has bottles from 12 different countries in its 15,000-bottle inventory. The restaurant also offers preset pairings to go with the seven-course Le Bernardin tasting menu and the 10-course chef’s menu, letting you enjoy a great meal and wonderful wines without having to figure out pairings for yourself.