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Tag Archives: New Zealand

Vinho & Coisas: A Unique and Innovative Wine Shop near Porto, Portugal

Founded in 2004, Vinho & Coisas is a small and intimate wine shop situated along the Portuguese coast in Matosinhos, nestled just north of Porto near Parque de Cidade. Managed by Ivone Ribeiro, an individual whose passion is visceral and expressive the minute she walks in the door, with toddler in hand, Vinho & Coisas speaks of a delicate mix of both professionalism and education. “Our goal is to get people excited about wine. For example, we have free tastings where everyone brings a bottle priced between 5 to 10 euros. And regardless as to where bought the bottle, after we all taste one another’s contribution, everyone can take home a bottle from our shop valued at the same price […]

SITT Tasting in London and an Interview with Jamie Goode from the Wine Anorak

Yesterday, Ryan and I had the incredible opportunity of attending the SITT Tasting, also commonly known as the Speciality Importers Trade Tasting at the famed Vinopolis. Built around a Victorian Railway Viaduct, Vinopolis is situated at the world famous Borough Food Market in the bustling Bankside area, just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station. The tasting itself is a business to business event, allowing small importers to showcase their wines to journalists, retailers, distributors, etc. Consequently, the wines featured are very unique, small production wines that are generally very hard to come by. And for two Iberian based wine journalists to taste unique grapes from Chile, rare blends from New Zealand and even old favourites from the Port […]

Wine of the Week/Restaurant of the Week – Terrabacus

Last night, we met a close friend of ours for tapas before his 3 week holiday break in Oregon. And as a foodie and wine lover, his knowledge of fabulous Barcelona jaunts is impressive to say the least. From tiny little back alley cafes to large tourist havens, his culinary suggestions are generally spot on. Hence, it was of no surprise that he picked a unique and avant-guard wine and food bar called Terrabacus. However, unlike prior locations we’ve visited with Josh, this was one of the few that caused dissidence between Ryan and I. While I adored the large bulbous chandeliers casting pinks pools of light on the long plush red banquettes and gleaming white tables, he felt the […]