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Bogota is an eclectic city that is diversifying its culture in many ways and one of the most visible is through its culinary offerings. The cosmopolitan shift that is happening is evident in the restaurant scene but now in the wine shops opening now too.
We were staying in the business and financial North side of Bogota where you have fine restaurants, living amenities and all sorts of lovely homes and apartments. We heard of a place with good wine and so we set off to experience “The Wine Store” as it is named.
It is situated on calle 81 and it looks very unassuming from the outside. Inside we encountered beautiful cantina style brickwork, a knowledgeable and engaging staff and a very eclectic assortment of wines. All too often wines in this part of the world are dominated by Argentinian and Chilean stock only. Here we found California, Israel, Italy, France, South Africa and Spain represented.
We browsed by country which is how the store is arranged and in a special reserve area we saw some of the prized bottles. The prices were more approachable than in many other Latin American destinations, however not as much as these wines are in the US.
The store offer gourmet imports of cheeses, meats, all sorts of pestos, pastas and snacks that pair well with wine.