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“Still the loveliest enoteca in Spello” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vinosofia

Vinosofia
Via Maddalena 1A | 06038 Spello PG, 06038 Spello, Italy
+39 346 497 2894
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Ranked #6 of 41 Restaurants in Spello
Price range: $5 - $37
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Vinosofia is a concept enoteca letteraria. A fine wine boutique, wine bar and culinary bookshop.The enoteca consists of over 200 labels of mostly organic, European, hand picked wines from small producers. We have a growing selection of fine gourmet foods. Our shop has a beautiful selection of books for cooks and we also are members of BookCrossing an International program to make the world a library. At our intimate wine bar we offer distinctive wines by the glass, local artisan beers, organic Italian soda's and serve espresso and tea. We serve small plates of gourmet bruschetta, artisan cheese & salumi, extra virgin olive oil tasting, as well as some seasonal specials. We are looking to continually expand our philosophy that wine is more than just a liquid, it's a lifestyle.
Montreal
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Still the loveliest enoteca in Spello”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I went back to this establishment in December wondering if it was still as great as I remembered. It certainly has maintained it's high standards. The place is immaculate and is still a great place if you do not want to drink the same wines that are being served everywhere else. The owner and her italian husband have turned me on to some great wineries that I didn't know like Fattoria Coroncino from Le Marche. This place does not pretend to be a full service restaurant but a beautiful place to have a drink with some great nibbles. I had some great salami that was made with wine in it and cheese with black truffles in it. It was also around the time that the olive oil is pressed so the hot bruschetta with fresh olive oil was amazing. You can find locals, italians from out of town and tourists here. I wish that they would open some Vinosofias here in North America as I can't wait to go back!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pleasant Hill, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“A jewel in the heart of Spello”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I'm not sure why it has taken so long to write this review about the jewel in the heart of Spello but as I get ready for my return to Spello and of course to Vinosofia it brought this wonderful wine bar/wine store to mind. When I was on an extended visit to Spello last year I was visited by a group of family and friends who were coming back to Spello for the second time. Part of the reason they were so excited to return had to do with the wine tasting they had at Vinosofia. This was the second private tasting they did at Vinosofia and we all left with the same flurry of compliments. We were all impressed by Brenda's hospitality and the impeccable service we received. I have always believed that wine tasting included all of the senses and that is certainly the case at Vinosofia. It is a beautifully decorated space with an atmosphere that is not easily found. A selection of music adds to the scene to make the experience complete. If you are going to Spello or just stopping through please don't miss this jewel.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Alberta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Wine Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I was exceptionally fortunate to visit this lovely wine bar during a recent trip to Spello and meet Brenda McLeran, the owner, who has created a beautiful and welcoming enoteca. The wines and small food plates are delicious and it is a delight to spend time savouring it all. I will certainly return with friends as soon as possible.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pleasant Hill, California
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“A very different experience ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Vinosofia is a new concept enoteca and a wonderful place to spend an evening with a great selection of wines from all over as well as a fine choice of cheeses and bites to accompany your glass of wine. One of the things I enjoy most about Vinosofia is the bar where you meet people from all over the world. I liked wandering around the shop and browsing at the many great gift ideas while sipping my wine. It's a great place to meet before dinner or after for a nightcap. If you are in the area of this sweet little town you need to stop in and say hello to Brenda.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Venice Beach, California
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“One of a kind experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you are planning to visit the lovely, medieval town of Spello, your first stop should be Vinosofia, an extraordinary, beautifully appointed enoteca, designed to make feel you feel as if you just walked into your own personal wine cellar. The moment you walk through the door, you'll be warmly welcomed by owner and sommeliere, Brenda McClaren, who along with husband Graziano (also a sommelier), will help you choose from a wide selection of excellent, reasonably priced wines. Sit at the bar and enjoy the sumptuous cheese plate, individually chosen to accompany each wine selection. The assorted cold cut platters and bruschetta are not only to die for -- they're a meal in themselves. Espresso, cappuccino, teas, pastries and cakes are also available throughout the day.

The ambiance, like its owners, exudes comfort and warmth. Jazz and guitar strings can be heard gently in the background. The walls and vaulted ceiling are constructed out of the most beautiful, rose-colored stone, indigenous to Umbria. A large selection of wines and olive oils are available for sale, as are many wine and cook books. In addition to all the vino and culinary treats Vinosofia has to offer, the experience would not have been anywhere near the same had it not been for Brenda and Graziano. For me, one of the great pleasures of traveling, is meeting and interacting with the people who live there. Thanks to Brenda and Graziano (and their trusty friend Doreen), my five day stay in Spello was, as the Italians would say, indimenticabile'. Unforgettable! I guarantee you will feel similarly. Go! Eat. Drink. Enjoy!
James. Venice Beach, CA

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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