Quite Possibly the Greatest Wine Glass We’ll Ever Drink From

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Tall and lean, with an impossibly slim stem that you can’t help buttwirl between your thumb and forefinger, it felt perfectly balanced,almost weightless. I can’t say whether it made the Barolo in it taste better, per se, but it made drinking it much more enjoyable.
Written by Adam Rapoport

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Does Prosecco Deserve Its Sparkling Success?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Prosecco Club wine tasting with Aldo Sohm, the wine director at Le Bernardin.

A light, simple, fruity wine, Prosecco is possessed of charms that I’ve found to be fleeting at best. And yet Prosecco is one of the most popular wines in this country. Its sales have grown exponentially in the past several years; in fact, the U.S. is the third most important export market (after Germany and Switzerland) for the 160 million or so bottles of Prosecco produced in Italy every year.

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Interview with Aldo Sohm

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Aldo Sohm, the renowned Chef Sommelier at Le Bernardin, shares his thoughts on crafting the perfect wine list and his new ventures.

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Food on Film: Aldo Sohm on Sideways

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Aldo Sohm, chef sommelier at Le Bernardin, takes us into the world of wine appreciation through a discussion of Alexander Payne’s hit comedy-drama about a pair of middle-aged oenophiles who seek solace from romantic distress in the vineyards of California’s Napa Valley.

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Work Begins on Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

A first look outside the space that will become Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, the coming Le Bernardin expansion led by (and named after) the restaurant’s famed sommelier Aldo Sohm.

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Chatting with Aldo Sohm about Zalto Denk’Art Glasses

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Aldo Sohm knew he wanted to be a sommelier from the time he was 19-years-old. Since then he’s gone on to become the chef sommelier at the four-star Le Bernardin in New York City and was named the Best Sommelier in the World in 2008. Zalto Denk’Art glasses are his personal choice for the proper serving of wine.

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Star Chefs Sommelier Gift Wish List 2012

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Sommelier Gifts 2012, December 2012

There’s a nice bottle of wine, and then there are the tools, tastes, and terroirs most precious to the professional sommelier. Here’s a holiday wish list culled from the professionals—spanning the gamut from functional to fanciful—to guide you through buying for the cellar rat and/or professional wine geek in your life. In many cases, prices vary depending on vendor.

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Today Show: Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Aldo Sohm visits the Today Show to suggest some suitable wines for Thanksgiving

Days of Wine and Poseurs

Monday, May 9th, 2011

GQ Magazine, April 29th 2011, by Alan Richman

GQ’s Alan Richman competes in the 2011 Best Sommelier in America contest—and lives to tell about it.

“I came close. Very close.  – Not to winning the Best Sommelier in America 2011 contest.”

To becoming a legend among sommeliers by setting fire to my $3000 Zegna Su Misura suit during the decanting portion of the competition. Decanting includes holding a bottle above a lit candle, which is playing with fire for someone like me.

2011 Best Sommelier in America contestJust in time, Aldo Sohm, one of the organizers, raced in from the sidelines and lifted my arm from the flame. Actually, I wouldn’t have been the first to add conflagration to my credentials. A judge, Roger Dagorn, told me about a long-ago competitor, a former sommelier at Restaurant Daniel in New York, who carelessly allowed the wicker basket holding his wine to become engulfed in flames.

I entered the two-day contest, hosted by American Sommelier and held earlier this month in New York, with dual status. I was not quite a participant and by no means a challenger for the title. I was permitted to take the same tests as the 29 genuine entrants, and I was given a bye into the second-day finals, usually limited to those who have placed in the top four on day one. For me, it meant an opportunity to get an insider’s look at an arcane profession that is rapidly gaining popularity even as mass-market interest in the ceremony and formality of fine dining decreases.

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The Celebrity Sommelier

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, April 22nd 2011, by Jay McInerney

A couple of decades after the rise of the celebrity chef, we may be on the verge of a new phenomenon: the celebrity sommelier.  In the wake of Emeril Lagasse cookware and Mario Battali tomato sauce, we now have stemware and a corkscrew designed by Aldo Sohm, the sommelier at Le Bernardin, New York’s Michelin three star seafood eatery.

The Austrian born Sohm came to New York in 2004 after serving in some of Austria’s top restaurants and started off as wine director at Wallse, Kurt Guttenbrunner’s West Village Austrian restaurant.

In 2006, New York magazine voted him “Best Sommelier in New York.” The following year he moved to Le Bernardin and won the title of  “Best Sommelier in America,” a feat which he topped in 2008 when he was named “Best Sommelier in the World,” by the Worldwide Sommelier Association, after a grueling competition which included blind tastings, a written exam, and mock table service.

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