“With a cellar this large, and systems and procedures that date from the 1950s, there are often discoveries here at Bern’s,” says Renaud. “The most notable recently was a double magnum bottle of 1947 Latour that has been put back on the list at $30,000.”
The Wine Program
The cellar is primarily French and Californian, with depth in Bordeaux, the Rhône, Burgundy and Napa. Bern’s has nearly 7,000 selections on the bottle list, as well as 150 choices by the glass. The impressive cellar contains 100,000 bottles onsite, with almost 700,000 bottles within walking distance. Nightly tours of the cellar are offered.
“Though many people are thrilled to try some of the older vintages on our list, the most interesting items are probably the Madeiras, with different options dating back to the 19th century by the glass,” says Renaud. “Guests enjoy sampling a liquid artifact.”
About the Team
Eric Renaud, senior sommelier at the restaurant, developed his passion for wine during seven years in Europe as an F-16 fighter jet mechanic.
Corkage is $75 per bottle, and wines cannot be on the restaurant’s list.