Above: “Built from the ground up,” write the owners of Trattoria Aroma on their website, “to provide a unique wine and culinary experience.” The layout of their wine list really impressed us with its originality (image via their Facebook).
You can tell a lot about a restaurant by reading its wine list.
The selection and style of wines reveal the owners’ focus and interests.
And the composition, layout, and execution of the list tell us volumes about the authors’ sensibilities and tastes.
We really loved the wine list at Trattoria Aroma on North French in Amherst, New York, which came to our attention recently.
Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing list to read (the layout is elegant and easy to navigate), but it also includes suggested pairings for each section of the list.
Honestly, we’d never seen anything quite like it before and we found it to be truly brilliant.
For the “Southern Italy and Islands” section (where you’ll find Cantele’s Amativo), the authors write: “Parings: Fresh vegetables, seafood, sausage, citrus, pork, soft cheeses, spice.”
The flavors and aromas they thoughtfully evoke not only give us an indication of how well they know wine from this part of the world, but they also give the Italian wine newbie a wonderful frame of reference for the tasting profiles of their selection.
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