Ceci Barretto and Melissa Unsell, the wine bloggers of Vinously Speaking, are opening Wine, A Fine Wine Shop, at 7271 Wurzbach Road, Suite 117, with a grand opening this weekend.
The Medical Center wine shop is located where Rio de Vino once was.
“This is an exciting endeavor for us as we strive to ignite the urban wine culture in our great city,” says Unsell.
Their philosophy is to make wine an un-intimidating, fun libation. And so their store has something for all wine lovers and all tastes.
“Our focus is to offer our clients selections from boutique lots of wine that most times are not offered at other high-volume retail locations,” says Barretto.
The owners will mark the store’s opening with a three-day celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. May 10-12. Wine samples will be offered, live music is planned and a food truck could pull up. All guests will receive 30 percent off their wine purchases.
After the opening, the owners plan to offer wine education events for all levels of wine lovers, from novices on up. Tastings will be every Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.
Barretto has her masters in Wine Business from the Burgundy School of Business and her WSET Level 3 – Advanced Certificate for sommeliers. By day, Unsell is a marketing director for a local litigation technology firm; she has been a wine blogger for over a year and is studying to obtain the WSET Level II certification.
Wine, A Fine Wine Shop, will be open Tuesday-Thursday, 3 – 7 p.m.; Friday, 3 – 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 8 p.m.