The Short Sohm Story

I caught the “wine bug” at 19 while serving in a restaurant. Guests always asked for wine recommendations with their meals and in order to answer them I stumbled upon the beginning of my career. Shortly after, I bought my first bottle, a 1983 Darmagi from Angelo Gaja. I had read so much about it, and it was a hell of a lot of money, but my instinct told me to go for it. My formal sommelier education began in 1998, when I was invited by our group leader to the “Best Sommelier in the World” competition in Vienna where he was the Austrian candidate. A year later, after finishing my Sommelier exam, the same group leader approached me about competing. I won my first contest, “Best Sommelier in Austria 2002.” I defended the title again for 4 years.

My introduction to New York was at Wallsé, Café Sabarsky, and Blaue Gans. The Austrian restaurants were a good place for me to start as I settled into the sommelier scene. I won “Best Sommelier in America 2007” and, concurrently, I started at Le Bernardin as Chef Sommelier. These two events allowed me to represent the US in the “Best Sommelier in the World 2008” competition. Since opening Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in 2014, I’ve kept my position at Le Bernardin. It's hard for me to imagine leaving the floor, so I've always looked for other ways to expand my knowledge in the wine-world. When I was approached by Zalto, it was a natural partnership for me to take on. I was able to learn first-hand how the glassmaking affects the wine's behavior in the glass. (Visit my Zalto Shop, here!) In 2008, I partnered with Gerhard to produce our first wine - Grüner Veltliner from our home, Austria. It’s been a good and challenging journey so far, and being a part of the wine-making process has made me a better, more knowledgable sommelier. (Read more about our story, here!)

Now? I live in Brooklyn, where I’ve truly found my second home. With all the work in my life, I try to balance myself with sport. I am an avid cyclist and I love getting out of the city on my bicycles. Life is all about balance and I find myself discovering more of it outside of my comfort zone!