We asked the somm, on our way out after dinner at Loco, to recommend a wine store in Lisbon as we were interested in taking home a couple of souvenir bottles. Her suggestion was a place called By The Wine and she helpfully wrote down the address. Loco sources some of their wines from there so she was familiar with the store. If it was good enough for a Michelin 3* restaurant, we figured it was worth checking into.
The next day we arrived at the store to find it was more than just a wine store. It was really a very cool wine bar that also sold wine by the bottle. Specifically, it sold wine produced by Fonseca, one of Portugal’s leading producers. What better way to market wine than to let customers try a few over a plate of cheese or charcuterie?
It seemed a brilliant idea, so we decided to try a 20 year old Moscatel (the Portuguese spelling is with an “o”) with a plate of olives, ham, sausage, sardines and some delicious bread. The plate was enjoyable and the wine was good. So we ordered a second glass to sip while we enjoyed the relaxed ambience of the bar. M. said it took her back to a tour of the Fonseca winery we had done years before.
We started chatting with the bartender and she told us she was a law student. She had come from Brazil to study human rights law and only worked at the bar part time. We chatted a little more, but unfortunately Spanish was not the native language for either of us.
Eventually we bought two bottles of the Moscatel to bring back home.
I definitely recommend stopping by By The Wine if you happen to be in the neighborhood. It is an easy going bar and a fun place to enjoy a snack and a drink or two. It is even better if you are looking to take home a bottle or two of good Portuguese wine.
Finally, additional pictures of the bar (but no text) may be found here.