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. After finishing my Sommelier exam, the same group leader approached me about competing. I won “Best Sommelier in Austria” in 2002 and defended the title until 2006, returning to compete after I moved to the US in 2004. I started out in the New York sommelier scene at Wallsé, Café Sabarsky, and Blaue Gans. Then, in 2007, I won "Best Sommelier in America" and I joined Le Bernardin as Chef Sommelier. We opened Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in 2014. I’ve kept my position at Le Bernardin because 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. Encouraged by the experience of designing my wine key with Laguiole after taking home "Best Sommelier in the World 2008," I was definitely excited to pursue partnerships with Zalto and Kracher when they came about!