Saturday, December 12, 2009

Envinarte - An Artful Wine Store in Valencia Spain

At the artfully stocked wine store, Envinarte, you will find lovely and passionate owner, Teresa Almeida. Teresa knows the history and taste of every wine in her store. She eloquently talks about her wine philosophy (in either Spanish or English). She is deeply aware of the enormous amount of work and spirit that goes into winemaking. She never says she doesn’t like a wine, but rather looks at wines as if they are art – which she believes they are.

Art and wine are subjective and so a person’s response to a wine is individual and depends on the moment in which they are experiencing it. Teresa discusses wines not in terms of liking or disliking, but rather what wines she finds interesting and compelling, understanding that these might change for her depending upon vintage and when and where she is tasting the wine.

Envinarte sells both organic and conventional wines, with an emphasis on Spanish brands. It is a lovely little store in the old part of Valencia near the Plaza de Virgen and up the street from the Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos), remnants of Valencia’s old walled city. Envinarte, c/ Serranos 6, 46003 Valencia; Tel: 963 913 930;; open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 2:30 om/5:30 to 9:00 pm.

1 comment:

  1. The name is also a clever play on words - "envinar" is the term for what some people do at tastings, which is swill some of the next wine to be tasted around their glass before pouring away, to get rid of lingering ttraces of the previous wine. So, "envinarte" combines this with the artistic connotations that you mention. Clever.