Ile de Vin
A PASSION FOR WINE
"Dark, classy, expensive, pretentious, stuck up, formal. Those are some of the words that were floating in my head as I parked my car and walked the short distance to the beautifully silhouetted sign, "Ile de Vin". A wine bar located on the second floor of a modern building in the heart of Shinjeju's restaurant and bar district, Ile de Vin is 5 years old but went through an ownership change within the last year.
I opened the door to the bar, and was warmly greeted by the new owner, Seok Hyeon Kim. I looked around as I was led to a table at the center of the room and was immediately impressed with the design of the place. A curved bar on the right side sits in perfect symmetry with the circular tables spread out throughout the rest of the room, each table subtly lit by a small wine glass shaped candle.
We sat down at our comfortable table and, all business, he immediately expressed his passion for wine, exclaiming, "Beer is fattening and soju just makes you drunk. But, wine is different. Wine has more character, more variety. Wine challenges us to learn more about it in order to truly enjoy it to its fullest."
It all comes with a price as popular vintages range from 40,000 to 80,000 won or more. But, he happily explained to me that you can buy a bottle and drink from it for up to a week.
With over 130 different wines available from Chile, France, America, Spain, Italy, Argentina, and New Zealand, including 10 new ones every month, and an upgraded food menu featuring a selection of pastas, salads, breads, and cheeses, Ile de Vin proved to be a great place to visit.
Warm, inviting, friendly, casual, unique, character. Those were the words that filled my head as I left this wonderful little wine bar."