Just Vino: You Had Me at Jamón

By: Syrie Roman-Legnon

I love wine, don’t get me wrong. But it was the promise of Spanish tapas that had me bee-lining to Just Vino. We sat at the bar of the cozy yet elegant wine house. The temperature was cool, the atmosphere warm, and the service prompt and knowledgeable, just how I like it. After a brief introduction, the bartender gave us some recommendations based on what we were in the mood for. I went for the bubbly–I always do.

The wine list doesn’t disappoint, it has more than 80 different wines by the glass and about 20 higher-end wines by the bottle which rotate on a regular basis. There is even a carefully selected beer list, just in case wine is not your thing. If you can’t choose only one of the wine selections available, there are wine flights which feature 2oz pours of 4 different wines, giving you the opportunity to choose the ones you want, or pick from the selection they already have displayed on the wall that is grouped by region. Wine flowing freely, conversation spilling through, things are good.

The menu is the perfect example of sophisticated simplicity, it is moderately priced ($3 – $10) with generous portions perfect for sharing. I ordered the Brie and Fruit Plate, which consisted of Eiffel Tower Canadian Brie with sliced strawberries, pears, apples, cherries and crackers, and the Breads and Spreads, a variety of fresh baked breads with some mouth watering olive tapenade, garlic herb goat cheese and cream cheese pesto. Last but not least, we enjoyed the star of the evening–the Spanish Plate. It was comprised of a scrumptious combination of olives, Manchego cheese, smoked Gouda, salted Marcona almonds, bread, crackers, real deal Spanish Chorizo and my beloved Serrano ham. My taste buds had a party.

just vino snackaroos.jpgThe place was alive with good wine, good food and good conversation. Jeff, one of the proprietors, made sure everyone was well taken care and took time to converse with every patron. There is always something special about a small (seating capacity is 20 people), quaint, classy neighborhood bar where one can come mingle with the locals and feel right at home. Just Vino has accomplished this while giving its customers the highest quality of product and service. So if you’re ever on the corner of Main and Virginia make sure to stop by. Your taste buds will thank you.

Just Vino
846 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 725-0166


Woman. Puerto Rican. Wife. Culinarian. Loves to cook, eat, drink,
write and read, Syrie Roman-Legnon can’t swim, curses like a sailor
and is convinced there are few better things than a really cold beer.

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13 comments
SWP99
SWP99

I have visited Just Vino numerous times and had a great experience. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I have also tried some of the food plates and enjoyed them. Regarding an earlier comment about the cheese platter... The commenter must have had the cheese spreads. The cheese platter is in the picture and is delicious! I have also visited the Wine Theif and had horrible service. It was slow the few times I was in and it took the staff incredibily long to notice I had an empty glass. I'm glad Just Vino is in town and hope they don't go anywhere. They have an excellent selection!

4matic
4matic

damn, didn't mean to reply to you LT, but rather supersweet lame aliteration man with the big nose.

4matic
4matic

umm... good come back??? your comments are as thought provoking as your shirts. in other words, you really shouldn't be bothering.

4matic
4matic

btw, love your own business acumen... using your web address as your user name, how unbelievably lame. I'm thinking that you & the owners of Vino didn't get your MBA's from Harvard?

4matic
4matic

you seem quite frenetic & confused, so let me slow things down & explain for the "special" readers on BRO, like yourself. Most restaurant owners aren't going to be sitting on their ass completely removed from the customers. A quick two or three minute break, maybe.. not 30-40 minutes reading. I have even heard that some owners actually go up to customers & ask them how everything is. I don't think this guy would have cared if I told him the bartender just pissed in my wine glass.

And OK, I exaggerated. I was there four times altogether, although the $80+ was accurate, yet the other three times I had spotty/ so-so service. As I implied, the idea is great, the building is great, so we kept going. The service was so horrendous the last time that I'll never be back.

It's unfortunate that Carl Sagan is no longer alive as he might be able to help you understand this incredibly difficult concept.

EWvillager
EWvillager

Seriously, the cheese board sampler I ordered when I was last there looked nothing like the photos you have posted here. It consisted of a few tablespoons of spreadable cheese and a few crackers. This order was placed after my friend and I were sampling our first flight of red wines. The service was just ok....I didn't see a lot of passion there when I was inquiring about certain wines. Needless to say, after spending about $60.00 there we were not inspired to stay, so we left. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth and I probably won't be going back there in the near future.

Just to comment on the owner(s)....(on a prior visit)....a friend of mine is a personal friend with both the owners and on my friends birthday, before heading out to dinner, I thought it would be fun to stop in and enjoy a glass of wine. To my surprise, when we walked in, the owners barely acknowledged us and when I mentioned that it was our friends birthday....they could barely chock out a happy birthday greeting let alone a glass of birthday cheer. I have been there many times before and have spent a lot of money there so I was a bit miffed to say the least.

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This comment makes no sense. How does the owner enjoying wine at his own place make you suprised that they are still in business. Also, lol you say you are suprised they are still in business, yet you state you have been there probably six other times and spent $80 each time. Its a great place an im not suprised its still in business.

crc
crc

Less lighting please! Each time I've been in here the lighting has been wwwwaaaayyyy too intense.

4matic
4matic

last time I was there the couple next to us had a bartender giving them samples of wine, extolling the virtues of some, brought their food over straight away, yet the lump we had couldn't have been more disinterested in being there. all the while the owner was off in a corner enjoying wine, no supervision. plus we had been in there about six other times & dropped at least $80 each visit. interesting potential, but frankly I'm surprised they're still open.

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