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Sommelier Aldo Sohm is the wine director at Le Bernardin. Sohm certainly knows his stuff; he won the impressive title of “Best Sommelier in the World” in a 2008 competition, after joining Le Bernardin the previous year. Sohm also helped the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant land a 2009 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service. Originally from Austria, Sohm now oversees the New York restaurant’s 900-wine list, which includes selections from 12 countries.
The New York restaurant specializes in Burgundies that complement chef Eric Ripert’s simple seafood preparations. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant’s 15,000-bottle inventory includes vintages dating to 1875. In addition, readymade pairings complement the restaurant’s seven-course Le Bernardin tasting menu and its 10-course chef’s menu. Of course, those pairings cost a pretty penny, but they help bring out the best of every dish Le Bernardin serves.