A mere 40minutes away from Brussels, just outside the medieval city of Ghent is a little village called Destelbergen, with a little gem of a shop… one that stocks both South African and French wines (not to mention spices, oils, vinegar’s and other etc etc) by the name of *Paradisi*
The shop is manned by one of the two owners, Brenda, who in typical South African style is both open, friendly and very knowledgeable about the products within her store. Every bottle of wine (irrespective of price) was bought with true love and tasting… so as long as you have a price and a vague idea of what you are looking for – Brenda can steer you towards many wonderful options! And there is an amazing range of Viogniers….
One side of the shop has the South African wine and the other has the French wines… they are organised from least expensive to most expensive and within their grouping of red, wine, rose, bubbles, etc… And at the back of the shop are the shelves with salts, herbs, vinegar, oils, Italian pasta’s… and even some English teas, jams and biscuits.
I walked out with 12 bottles of wine – some of which were well-known to me and others had been suggested by Brenda.. all well within a 6,40-13,50Euro per bottle budget…
RED: Vansha Cab Sauv/Merlot; Fairview Pinotage Viognier; Graham Beck Railroad Red
WHITE: Fairview Viognier; Excelsior Viognier and Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir
PLUS a bottle of Boplaas fortified wine… MMMmmmm
* closed on Mondays
* Tuesday to Friday: 09h30-12h30 & 13h30-18h30
* Saturday: 09h30-18h30