Rock-star sommelier, Aldo Sohm, opened a new wine bar in New York City last month — the eponymous Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. I have no idea why I know this. I don’t live in New York, and I rarely find myself in New York City. Any familiarity I have with The City That Never Sleeps comes from watching every episode of Sex and the City. This shouldn’t even be on my radar.
And yet . . . I know there’s a new wine bar in The Big Apple.
If you’ve never heard of Aldo Sohm, he’s the Wine Director at Le Bernardin, one of New York City’s swankiest restaurants. I’m only familiar with Le Bernardin because Carrie Bradshaw said their chocolate soufflé is one of the only things a New Yorker will wait for. If you want a dinner table at Le Bernardin, you’ll need to make reservations months in advance. Or be Carrie Bradshaw.
The Aldo Sohm Wine Bar is supposed to be much more casual (and much less expensive) than Le Bernardin. Aldo Sohm celebrates Champagne Mondays and they open a different magnum of wine (for sale by the glass) each night of the week at 10pm. That’s getting awfully close to my bedtime, but I’ll figure out a way to keep my eyeballs open for a magnum of Champagne! Wine is the main attraction at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, but Sohm’s partner, Eric Ripert, is overseeing the lunch and dinner menus. I glanced at the dinner menu, and something called a Foie Gras Lollipop jumped off the page. I feel very strongly I need to experience one of those — and a glass of Sauternes to go with it.
While reading about the opening, these words caught my eye:
This kind of puts a fork in pretension, doesn’t it? A “good wine” is any wine you like. Find a wine you like . . . fun will follow!
I now want to make a pilgrimage to New York City.