2009-11-11 / Business

Parings Wine Bar — bringing drinks, food and people together

by JESSICA L. FINCH Associate Editor

Sheila Paolini, owner of Parings Wine Bar, welcomes patrons to enjoy a smart combination of wine, selected by Sommelier Alphonso DiMino, and food, prepared by Chef Scott Martin, standing. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sheila Paolini, owner of Parings Wine Bar, welcomes patrons to enjoy a smart combination of wine, selected by Sommelier Alphonso DiMino, and food, prepared by Chef Scott Martin, standing. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Parings Wine Bar is unlike anything else in Williamsville, according to owner Sheila Paolini.

One day while looking at the space at 5893 Main St., Paolini said, “This would make a perfect wine bar.

“To find anything like this you would have to go downtown,” she said. “Nothing around here really makes good use of the architecture we have.”

Built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, the structure was once a single family home. Most recently, it was Mill Medical for 15 years. As of the end of September, it is a bar and restaurant.

When it came time to open, Paolini went to buy a sign and was told she had spelled “paring” wrong, but she hadn’t. The name Parings suggests small pieces and describes the menu.

Chef Scott Martin creates the small, light plates, to be paired with the selection of wines. The wine menu, created by sommelier Alphonso DiMino, is specifically designed to be different from all others in the area.

“We wanted a wine list not like anything else,” Paolini said. “It’s a good variety — eclectic choices.”

The wines are from around the world, and 50 to 60 are on hand. She pointed out that an expensive bottle of wine doesn’t mean it is good, and Parings’ list has a wine to fit most price ranges.

During happy hour, patrons can choose from a list of 20 bottles that are sold for $20 each. For those who don’t finish their bottle, Parings can package it so it can legally be taken home.

Parings also offers several food specials each night. While the majority of the menu consists of light appetizers, there is a selection of entrees available. Desserts are made by Paolini.

For non-wine drinkers, Parings also offers liquors and beers. Parings features 12 speciality martinis, including ice wine, cotton candy and chocolate espresso flavors.

The atmosphere was designed to be cozy and welcoming — redefining casual elegance. The space includes a fireplace and soft couches. There is also seating at the large wooden bar and tables for diners.

Paolini said there are many reasons why people come to Parings, such as the customer who selects a glass wine and then finds a seat in which to read for an hour or so.

“We want it to feel like you are coming into a living room, that you are at home, not at a bar,” she said.

For private parties, Parings can create a themed menu, such as food and drink from southern Italy, pairing items together. The spread explores different foods and wines from various region.

Other special events include Flight Night on Wednesday, offering samples of wine, and wine school on Tuesdays, where attendees learn the basic 101 rules about reading wine labels and how to order. Live music is performed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Parings is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.paringswinebar.com or call 630-5951.

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