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ASA Best Sommelier in America 2011. And the winner is…

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011, April 20th 2011, by Aldo Sohm

…Alexander LaPratt, of New York’s db Bistro Moderne, won the coveted title on Sunday night. It was a close competition. 30 candidates competed for the title of Best Sommelier in America, including my apprentice sommelier at Le Bernardin, Jared Fischer who reached the final four alongside LaPratt, Christopher Bates of the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pennsylvania and Michael Meagher of Treasury Wine Estates in Waltham, Massachusetts who were all put through thier paces via rigorous tests and obstacles including: food and wine pairings, a blind spirits tasting, cigar service test, navigating a ‘mock dining room’ as well as a written exam.

It was an honor to judge the awards alongside Andrew Bell, co-founder of ASA, Rajat Parr, wine director of Mina Group and Andre Compeyre, Chief Sommelier of Ardour Alain Ducasse. To add to what was a wonderful and exciting weekend of judging, Le Bernardin was presented with the ASA’s inagural Art of Service Award for embracing the importance of impeccable service and providing the highest-quality dining and wine experience. The award honors an establishment that provides a platform for trained sommeliers to exercise their craft.

Thank you to all at the ASA for a great weekend and evening and congratulations to Alexander!

Best Sommelier in America is Named

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 18th 2011, by Kara Newman

Alexander LaPratt, of New York’s db Bistro Moderne, won the title of “Best Sommelier in America” on Sunday night in a competition hosted by the American Sommelier Association, an organization dedicated to wine education and the sommelier industry in America.

LaPratt competed against 30 candidates from 12 states in a grueling two-day competition held at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel in New York. While all the competitors completed a blind tasting test and a written exam, four finalists—LaPratt, Christopher Bates of the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pennsylvania, Jared Fischer of Le Bernardin in New York and Michael Meagher of Treasury Wine Estates in Waltham, Massachusetts—ran an additional gauntlet.

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Aldo Sohm chosen as a Judge

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Aldo Sohm has been chosen by the American Sommelier Association as a Judge for the 6th annual Best Sommelier in America competition being held in New York City on April 16th & 17th.

“I am honored and excited to be chosen by the American Sommelier Association to be a judge at this year’s Best Sommelier in America Competition. As a former competitor and winner, I know how tough this competition is but also what it means as a sommelier to compete in such a highly regarded event. As part of the judging criteria, a series of exams are set to test different skills including service, food & wine pairing, depth of knowledge of wine as well as other proficiencies.

The results of the competition are announced at the Awards Gala on Sunday, April 17th. This year is an extra special year for me as not only have I been asked to judge the BSIA, Le Bernardin, where I am Chef Sommelier, is being honored with the Art of Service Award – a testament to the high standards of service and fine dining experience embraced and maintained by the restaurant for the past 25 years.”

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ASA Austrian Wines Class with Aldo Sohm

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Austria Wine USA, 2010

Today I had the opportunity to sit in on a class with the
American Sommelier Association ( on German and Austrian wines hosted by sommelier, Aldo Sohm. I’m the type of person that learns through repetition so it was a great opportunity for me to reinforce my Austrian wine knowledge and learn a little more about Germany.

Aldo Sohm has currently earned the title of the “Best Sommelier in the World”
through the Worldwide Sommelier Association and has previously been awarded the titles of “Best Sommelier in America” by the American Sommelier Association, “Best Sommelier in New York” by New York Magazine and “Best Sommelier in Austria.” Sohm has also recently received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service. When he’s not winning “Best of” awards, Sohm is the top sommelier at NYC’s 4 star restaurant, Le Bernardin.

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