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Wine, A Fine Wine Shop, Will Have Its Grand Opening This Week

Veronique Cecilia Barretto at Wine, A Fine Wine Shop.

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.

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Two Women Take Over Wurzbach Road Wine Shop

Veronique Cecilia Barretto at her wine shop.

Veronique Cecilia Barretto and Melissa Unsell have become the new owners of Wine: A  Fine Wine Shop at 7271 Wurzbach Rd. The new shop will still focus on wine, but the name will change after the first of the year to Vinously Speaking, which is also the name of Barretto’s blog.

Brotherhood Holiday Spice Wine

The store offers a broad array of wines for all tastes, whether you’re looking for some Old World reds, New World whites or sparklers to fit a few budgets. A lineup of wines from Yarden in Israel includes a Cabernet Sauvignon that Barretto recommends for holiday dinners. The kosher winery doesn’t rely heavily on oak, allowing the natural flavor of the grapes and terroir to come through, she says. The wine sells for $45.

Dolce the shop dog.

Also at the wine shop is Holiday Spiced Wine from Brotherhood, the oldest winery in the country. The New York wine features “cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and a secret variety of other herbs and spices,” the label says. Serve it warm on a cold day. The wine sells for $15 a bottle.

Plans are to add a wine bar area after the first of the year.

While you’re at the store, say hi to Dolce, the shop dog.

The store is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. For information, call 210-240-5866.

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