Monique and Cees have always had a passion for wine, enjoyment, and great food. For this reason, it is no surprise that their passion ended in this wine specialty store. You'll find wines from all regions here, although there is a focus on European wines. The collection also contains delicious and sustainable meat wares by Brandt & Levie, olive oil, stock, and several delicacies. A fine store for yourself, but also if you're looking for a beautiful gift. You'll find just those remarkable, beautiful wines by smaller producers that aren't as well-known among the general public. There are also workshops and training sessions here where one can find independent expert advice.
The fact that this is an independent store (not a part of a chain or franchise) makes one feel one is getting sincere help and service, as well as meeting lesser-known but beautiful brands. Do you have a budget in mind, and looking to find something great for it? That's no problem either. The staff wants you to leave not only with a great bottle of wine, but with a great feeling as well. They're also very aware of international trends: especially wines from Italy, Spain, France, and Austria are top sellers. Italian olive oil is also very popular, by the way. In terms of brands in general, customers love Brandt & Levie and Riedel.
Fresh, organized, modern, and clearly laid-out: don't be afraid to enter here. Although the building has a chic appeal, there are wines here for any budget. The location is great as well, not in the middle of downtown, but on the Houtkaai, along the canal. The employees of neighboring stores are frequently seen guests, during their lunch break!
When it comes to wine, you've come to the right place. Besides the fact that owner Monique has successfully completed the vinology education program, she is also in possession of the WSET and Weinakademiker Diploma. She's also a certified WSET trainer. (WSET stands for Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and is the largest and most reputable wine educator in the world). If you want to know more, check out the website.
Bodegas Enate, Viu Manent, Domaines Perrin, Taylor’s Port, Esporão, Cantina Valpantena, MezzaCorona, Casa Santos Lima, Bründlmayer, Veyder-Malberg, Knoll, F.X. Pichler, Ökonomierat Rebholz, Dönnhoff, Dengler-Seyler, Paul Fürst, Wirsching, Tenutae Lageder/Aloïs Lageder, Walter Massa, Bodegas Lupier, Parés Baltà, Riedel®, Zalto, Murano, Ortiz, José Gourmet, Forum, Fentiman’s, Luscombe. And further more: Brandt & Levie (dry sausage, fresh sausage, pancetta, coppa), Spanish and italian meat wares, Riedel decanters and glassware, Zalto, Murano wine openers, Ortiz and José Gourmet preserved, olives and bouillons of Aneto, soft drinks and syrups.