Wine Director Bernard Sun of Jean-Georges Management - Biography

New York, NY

August 2011

Bernard Sun, Corporate Beverage Director for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s four-star restaurant group, is one of the country’s most respected sommeliers, and with good reason. Sun oversees the beverage programs at all the group’s restaurants, from New York and Paris to Shanghai, composing wine lists, creating cocktails, training staff, and managing the financials. A hands-on director, Sun visits the restaurants nightly, often jumping into service to pair wines and spirits with the Vongerichten’s innovative cuisine.

Sun’s interest in wine began in college while pursuing a biology degree at the University of Albany, where his studies involved the dynamic fermentation process and the importance of agriculture in winemaking. He committed himself early on to understanding every facet of the winemaking process, traveling and visiting the great wine regions of the world with a firm belief that “walking the vineyard is the only way to fully understand wines.” (Case in point, Sun’s love and knowledge of Burgundy led to his being the spokesperson for the region from 2006 to 2008.)

Before joining the Jean-Georges family in January of 2005, he was sommelier at Gray Kunz’s four-star Lespinasse, Sirio Macchioni’s renowned Le Cirque 2000, and Drew Nieporent’s legendary Montrachet. The winner of the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Wine Service, as well as the 2010 BCA Global Vision in Wine Award, Sun also makes wine in Napa, Bergerac, and the Willamette Valley under his III Somms label. He has been quoted and featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, Beverage Media, GQ and Food & Wine.