Wine Program at The Bernards Inn Garners Two Prestigious Awards from Wine Spectator and World of Fine Wine

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Wine Collection Lauded for Depth, Diversity, Wines by the Glass, Wine Flights, and Wine Lovers Can Sample Selections With “Wine Down” Wine Flight Happy Hours

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Bernards Inn Wine Director and Sommelier Terri Baldwin

“We are honored to be recognized again by Wine Spectator and by The World of Fine Wine for having one of the best wine lists in the world,” said Harold Imperatore, Proprietor of the Bernards Inn.

The Bernards Inn, a fine dining restaurant and boutique hotel celebrated for its extensive and unique wine collection, has recently garnered two prestigious wine awards from Wine Spectator and The World of Fine Wine British magazine.

The Bernards Inn received the 2014 Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for the 16th consecutive year, while the World of Fine Wine distinguished the restaurant as offering one of the best wine lists in the world in its inaugural international ranking. The panel of judges from the World of Fine Wine judged over 4,000 restaurants, and only 225 received the top tier rating of three stars.

“We are honored to be recognized again by the Wine Spectator and by The World of Fine Wine for having one of the best wine lists in the world,” said Harold Imperatore, Proprietor of the Bernards Inn.

According to Wine Spectator, the “Best of Award of Excellence” gives special recognition to restaurants offering an extensive wine list, superior presentation, and display vintage depth across several wine regions. The Bernards Inn offers more than 1,500 wine selections in its 14,000-bottle collection, carefully selected by Wine Director and Sommelier Terri Baldwin, to complement the progressive American cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Corey Heyer.

The World of Fine Wine lauded the Inn’s wine program on its website: “Terri A. Baldwin, the highly respected wine director at The Bernards Inn, has taken a creative, open-minded approach to the wine program…[The wine list] is easy to navigate, offering easy ways for both novice and expert to explore. The judges particularly liked the diverse, fairly priced by-the-glass list, and the selection of wine flights, trios of 2 oz pours…this is a strong list stocked with interesting gems wherever you look, from the Finger Lakes sparkling wines of Hermann J Weimer, to Croft Port 1935.”

Under the direction of Baldwin, now in her 22nd year at the restaurant, The Bernards Inn offers a selection of over 55 wines by the glass, reflecting what is new, noteworthy, and exciting in the wine world. The collection features many different styles from regions around the world with a range of prices starting at only $7.75 a glass. A temperature-controlled, custom-made wine cellar located in the Piano Bar displays up to 960 bottles for guests and wine enthusiasts to view.

Wine Down Happy Hours

Wine lovers can currently enjoy “Wine Down” Happy Hours every Wednesday and Thursday on the terrace or Piano Bar from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Guests choose from a selection of wine flights—red, white or rosé—and enjoy complimentary cheese and fruit platters. Additional menu items are available and Bar Menu service begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Bernards Inn hosts special wine tasting dinners and wine events throughout the year, including the Fall Walk-Around Wine Tasting Event on October 3. Additionally, the recently redesigned Wine Pantry provides a sophisticated, private venue for unique events, meetings and special occasions.

About The Bernards Inn:

Established in 1907, the Bernards Inn is an award-winning restaurant and inn located in the heart of downtown Bernardsville, New Jersey. Under the new ownership of Hampshire Destination Properties, The Bernards Inn recently marked its 100-year anniversary with a multimillion dollar renovation and redesign. The Inn offers fine dining, wedding and banquet services, conference rooms, as well as 20 well-appointed guestrooms. For more information about The Bernards Inn, call 908-766-0002 or visit

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