Have you ever seen someone smell a glass of wine and remark on its ‘lemony overtones’ or its ‘essence of plum’ and wondered if they had any idea what they were talking about? Usually you're skepticism is well-founded, and they're pulling words from the 2009 Unabridged Wine Libs Dictionary. Pair one word from the “Obscure Fruits and Woods” chapter with another from “Vague Concepts” and you've got a smart-sounding wine description. How many times have we heard a Wine Libs poser foolishly declare that a wine "resonates with cedar echoes"? Too many times to count on one seven-fingered hand. Eight times, to be precise.
But it turns out there is a science to smelling wine, and a corresponding aroma wheel with a full spectrum of scents in categories both familiar (fruity, floral, spicy) and odd (microbiological, oxidized, pungent). A few smart people actually aren't making it up when they talk smart about wine. They understand the aroma wheel. They're tasting those amazing things they're talking about. And they taste it because a few brilliant chefs know how to pair wines perfectly with food to make you taste undertones you're embarrassed to openly admit. Those mahogany cinnamon hues are real, my friend. They taste exactly like the time you put cinnamon on your mahogany banister and went to town. That great moment can be relived—even topped—by the food and wine available at Fontana Grill. Fontana Grill understands the aroma wheel, Occam's razor, and the Pythagorean theorem, enabling them to create a simple, isosceles triangle of wine, food, and Fontana.
With today’s Groupon, $15 will get you $30 toward food and drinks at Uptown standout Fontana Grill and Wine Bar, 1329 W Wilson Ave.. The laid-back vibe and cozy outdoor patio will charm you right off the bat, but the mouth-watering menu of Italian favorites and wide variety of wines will keep you coming back. The stone-fired pizzas are big hits, as are the grilled polenta with cevapi and the calamari (grilled or fried). But don’t forget about the wine. You can sample 24 different varieties and flex your newfound aroma mastery while you’re at it. Try the 12-oz. tasting for just $10, mixing and matching from your choice of two to four wine varieties in 3-oz. or 6-oz. glasses. If you put your entire $30 value toward three wine tastings, you could sample as many as 12 delicious wines!
The Fontana Grill and Wine Bar has earned a strong four-star rating on Yelp and a loyal patronage from those in the neighborhood. This is what the devoted have to say:
- "The food is hands down delicious and oh so tasty. The prix-fixe menu served to us satisfied with wonderful Italian Bistro selections." – Carrie M.
- "Fontana Grill and Wine Bar is that great little place that you love in the neighborhood to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a meal with friends." – Carol K.
- "What's not to love about Fontana?" – Kellie. K
Fontana Grill & Wine Bar
Fontana Grill & Wine Bar's modern dining room reverberates with the clink of glasses of fragrant wines and pleasant chatter as diners dig into a menu of all-natural pastas and Italian fare. As chef Nino transmutes premium meats and organic ingredients into solid fare, the skilled bartender chooses the finest whites and reds, much like an artist painting a sunburned snowman. The shimmering black surfaces of the bar and tables reflect stone-fired pizzas laden with gourmet morsels, such as truffle oil and prosciutto di Parma. Guests lounge upon wrought-iron furniture on the spacious brick patio surrounded by neatly trimmed shrubs and low-hanging trees.