As you enter A 16, named for Autostrada 16, a road

that spans from Naples to Tavari, you’re greeted by

subtle greenery, rich chocolate wood, and a dozen or so

coveted high-back chairs situated at the Italian marble

bar and bay windows that look out onto Chestnut

Street (a great perch for people watching). A colorful

floor-to-ceiling chalkboard displays the pride of A 16,

its wide selection of wines.

The idea for the establishment was born from

a trip to the Campania region of Italy, where coowner

Shelley Lindgren fell in love with the region’s

food and wine. Lindgren, local attorney

Victoria Libin, and chef Nate Appleman teamed up

to ensure that the grapes complemented the southern

Italian cuisine.

The Campania region, dubbed oenetria or land of wine,

by the ancient Greeks, has a long history of great

wines. First up, Lindgren poured a glass of Clelia Romano,

Fiano di Avellino, 2005-a dry white, with hints

of honey, almonds, and evergreen and a smokiness

from the still-present volcanic soil of the Mount Vesuvius

eruption, which destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D., literally

creating a rich history in the wine itself.

We also tasted the Cantine del Taburno, Falanghina,

2005-a light, crisp, aromatic wine with hints of pear

and mango; the Benito Ferrara, Greco di Tufo, 2005, a

70-year-old vine Greco, grown from limestone “Tufaceous”

soil, also found in the Loire Valley in Sancerre

and Chablis-with stone fruits like white peaches,

nectarines, and a dry finish; and the I Favati, Taurasi,

2004-red currants, with lush fruits like plum and

cherry, medium tannins.

A 16’s knowledgeable staff serves forty wines by the

glass and half-bottle carafes (assuring that no bottle

stays open for too long), mainly priced between

$8 and $14 per glass. The selections change

often with some staples of Campania there to stay.

Some of the varietals of Campania include Falanghina,

Fiano, Greco (whites), Casavecchia, Aglianico, and

Piedirosso (red).

Best of all, A 16 is not just a wine bar, it’s also a

restaurant-which means you can pair your grape of

choice with any of the establishment’s delicious southern

Italian dishes while enjoying a wine bar experience.

Source by Joshua Ridless