My girlfriend and I traveled to West Bay and West End from 6/3/08 to 6/10/08. My girlfriend is a real Wine Connoisseur and was a little put off by the selections at most of the restaurants that we visited on Roatan. When she ordered wine, she was greeted with the question: "Red or White?". Fortunately, we had done some research and knew about De La Vina prior to our visit.
We spent a good part of our second afternoon on the island at De La Vina and with Sashi, the Co-owner. We tasted several of his Chilean and Argentinean selections. We started with some tastes and then before we knew it, we had ordered and downed bottle. This was an extremely enjoyable experience and Sashi is an extremely engaging and friendly host who we came to depend upon for guidance as we selected activities and restaurants on the island. Sashi is an excellent resource and I would suggest that everyone take a moment to visit De La Vina, sip on some Vino, and get some good local advice. Thanks again Sashi !
This Wine Store is tucked away in the corner of a the West Bay Mall, Sashi explained that this is actually by design as they are air conditioned to prevent wine spoilage and being in the shaded corner of the mall helps with energy costs. They are one of the only air conditioned Restaurant on the island. The store is kind of dark for this reason. I would suggest a rainy day or late afternoon visit if you want to sit down to enjoy some of the wines.
We ended up picking up 4 bottles of wine over two visits to De La Vina and then would take them to dinner with us. Most restaurants will either charge you a $5 Corkage fee or no corkage fee at all. If you like wine with dinner, I would suggest that you do this. One last suggestion… Bring a couple of inexpensive wine openers with you as they do cost $5 at De La Vina. I purchased one and let a waiter borrow it to open my bottle. I never saw it again. I spent $10 on wine openers in total. These are a commodity on the island.
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