Meet sommelier Aaron Von Rock. Aaron was born in Maryland and had his first experience with wine at the age of three, stomping Concord grapes along with his siblings for the family's homemade wine. Aaron's first job in the field was at a barely legal age buying wines for the Baltimore Hotel, where he was introduced to fine wines.At Lincoln Ristorante, Aaron Von Rock has developed a 400-bottle, Italian list with general manager Paolo Novello. The wine list hopes to remove the distance from vineyard to table by making the selections accessible and telling the story of select vineyards and bottlings. The wine program is built to parallel and complement the cuisine of Chef Jonathan Benno, both with classical and cutting-edge selections. The cocktail menu is also curated by Aaron and highlights Italian traditional liqueurs and products in classic drink recipes. Tune in to this week's episode of In the Drink as host Joe Campanele chats with Aaron about "Nero d'Avola face", Negroni bars and extensive wine tastings. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
"The sommelier industry has grown quite a bit. When I got into the business there wasn't an intuitive direction for anybody." [02:00]
--Aaron Von Rock on In the Drink