A couple of weeks ago along with Michele we hosted some special guests that were in Barcelona for a workshop with their company. This fun group of different nationalities had some serious wine and food lovers onboard. Based on the information we were given about their stay in our city we decided the restaurant Monvinic is the place to go.

This renowned wine bar and restaurant has an excellent opinion and we wanted to go there ever since we heard that in late 2016 there have been new additions in the kitchen.

Monvinic has been described by the Wall Street Journal or Financial Times as one of the best wine bars in the world – enough said. The decor is sober yet cosy and the personnel is very kind and attentive. However besides being really nice we cannot overlook the vast knowledge that everybody working in Monvinic has about wines – simply impressive. Some of the waiters may have not been 30 years old and they knew specifics about randomly picked wines from different parts of the world and regions that we pointed. As a side note please keep in mind that they have a selection of almost 4000 wines!

The food was delicious. We had a couple of starters to share like the green asparagus or the pigeon cooked two ways which besides being very tasty was beautifully presented. As for the main course after some discussions we were convinced to try the beef shank and that certainly did not disappoint! What an outstanding and perfectly cooked piece of meat…

It was great to be among wine lovers and a very helpful and knowledgeable staff as the pairing with the wines was great. I would definitely point out the wine from the D.O.C. Priorat in Catalonia and the white Slovenian as very good and interesting. Please find below the full list of wines that we picked;

-CAN FEIXES, D.O. Cava, Huguet Brut Nature Gran Reserva, 2007, Parellada (Macabeu, Pinot Noir).

-Bodegas TRADICION, Jerez (Fino), saca de octubre 2014, Palomino Fino.

-Clos FIGUERES, D.O.C. Priorat, Serras del Priorat, 2014, Garnatxa (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariñena)

-SUTOR, Vipavska Dolina (Slovenia), Chardonnay, 2012.

Speaking about the selected wines, as we were leaving this amazing place the lovely sommelier at the exit gave us a note with the list of wines we had and the food we ate – a great touch for a fantastic place which more of a dinner turned out to be a wonderful experience.