Aaron Rodonis of Craft Dallas - Biography

Dallas, TX

July 2012

Eventually mentored by Paul Bottamer of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and with experience at Red Sage, Zola, and Ventana Canyon, Sommelier Aaron Rodonis first spent 6 years in the band and bugle company of the Marine Corps before finding his path. A moment at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort with wine captain Gary Sullivan's pairings suddenly brought wine into focus for Aaron, who had previously ranked it as a fairly ordinary beverage. It seems fitting for Aaron's epiphany to have been during a tasting menu rather than just by sipping an outstanding glass of wine: his strength is clearly in enhancing the entire dining experience by accenting flavors and textural nuances. His pairings, which are thought-out down to the minute flavor-details of Chef Kevin Maxey's garnishes and sauces, work to develop flavors already present all the while gently steering the dish in his intended direction.