As longtime wine director at New York's Le Bernardin, Aldo Sohm is tasked with overseeing the restaurant's extensive 15,000-bottle wine collection. But at his namesake wine bar, located just across the courtyard, he keeps things more casual—and more affordable.
That's also the approach he's taken as guest curator of Tasting Table's Fall Wine Cellar. Sure, you'll find a few splurge-worthy sparklers (splash of Krug, anyone?), but Sohm's added value-driven bottlings to the mix from top regions such as Bordeaux, Piedmont and Burgundy. "You want wines that are easy drinking; not everyone's a wine connoisseur," he explains. "But you also want wines that challenge you, especially if you're a wine freak. Finding that balance can be really fun."