Wine is language on the lips…
~ Virginia Wolf
That’s the tagline for Vineworks, an interactive wine tasting company and, frankly, lifestyle, owned and operated by Ian Ashworth in the trendy area of Hongdae. It’s more than learning about wine pairings; it’s about pairing wine with people, it’s about stories and homemade recipes, and it’s about the company you keep as well as the wine you drink.
Friend of The Nerdventurists, Matthew, headed to one of Vineworks’ weekly nights to not only become a wine aficionado and an obsessor of Ian’s quiche.
Wine? Quiche? Vegan food? Who can say no to that? Not this rotund Hawaiian-Filipino dude!
A few Wednesdays ago I went to an event hosted by Vineworks of Korea to promote their new location and business. It was a splendid night with amazing people, flowing conversation, and didactic yet delicious lesson in the wine-y arts.
Vineworks prides themselves on being a connection driven company. Their aim is to break barriers using the power of conversation and wine (the best of the social lubricants). They pride themselves on connecting wine, the senses, and people. They love building communities and exploring culture in a fun interactive way; every delicious dish had a story behind it. The ambiance of the venue reminded me of a simple kitchen where you can talk to your grandma. And basically, that is what is was! Except… replace your grandma with a lanky gentleman named Ian.
Ian brimmed with the exuberance of child on show-and-tell day. He was so eager to share with us stories of wine, food, and bad Korean puns (all of which I have really enjoyed.) He shared the story of his grandmother’s quiche as he served it out with just as much care as my grandmother would. How he walked the line of childish wonder and excitement and encyclopedic storytelling of a wise old woman was a real testament to his charisma.
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We started the night staring with a spread of cheese, garlic shrimp, quiche, and 4 glasses of wine. Each had a personal connection with him and it was truly endearing to see him go on and on about his passions. He also introduced us to the idea of Bio-Organic Wine.
To preface this, I have no real experience in wine besides the two-buck chuck I use to make sangria and the box of rose that sat on the top of my fridge for 3 years in college. So this was an experience that was long overdue. We learned a bit about notes, and how not to be snobby at restaurants. He was saying that the best wine is a wine that you enjoy, and I will enjoy many more bottles in years to come.
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A friend of The Nerdventurists had an enchanting evening at @vineworkskorea last night. Wine tasting 🍷, vegetarian food 🌮, and great #blogger company 💃. Write up coming soon~, but if you're looking so somewhere to get your wine on in Seoul, look no further! Huge thanks to Hallie @thesoulofseoulblog and Ian for setting this up! . . . . . #vineworks #Vineworkskorea #wine #winetasting #Sangsu #상수 #와인 #와인모임 #와인스타그램 #winstagram #wineporn #frenchfriday #spanishtuesday #veggiewednesday #networking #rooftop #gardening #urbanfarming #privateparty #travelwithme #passporttoasia #seetheworld #eattheworld #drinktheworld #vegetariansofig #vegetarian #vscoseoul #veganseoul
The night devolved into a cacophony of tangential stories, laughter and sounds of me scarfing down quiche. (Seriously, my life was all about the quiche). Somewhere down the lines, we played a fragrance game, which my partner and I won with a whopping 7 out of 9, but was also too tipsy to care.
All of the events sound extraordinarily enticing. Tuesdays are a tour of Spanish wine. Wednesdays, we can explore Bio-Organic and Vegetarian wines. Special events were splashed into the conversation and I am more than eager to check them out.
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Just because you're in Korea doesn't mean you have to *always* eat Korean food. @vineworkskorea lays it all out with delicious noms and tasty wines. Blog about it coming soon! 📷 by @mr.mattinthehat . . . . #vineworks #Vineworkskorea #wine #winetasting #Sangsu #상수 #와인 #와인모임 #와인스타그램 #winstagram #wineporn #frenchfriday #spanishtuesday #veggiewednesday #networking #rooftop #gardening #urbanfarming #privateparty #travelwithme #passporttoasia #seetheworld #eattheworld #drinktheworld #vegetariansofig #vegetarian #vscoseoul #veganseoul
At the end of the night, we capped it off with a fun activity of describing the wine in terms of animals. I was happy to indulge him with my weird imaginations of a Veneto relating to a fluffy penguin, though it could have been the wine talking.
It was a night to remember and I felt connected to each of the guests there. It was a grand night and I will definitely come back in the near future. You can see their upcoming events here, on their website.
Location: Mapo-gu Sangsu-dong 315-7 4th-5th floor, Seoul, 110-825 | 서울특별시 마포구 상수동 315-7
Phone: +82 (0)70-4206-9993
This post was written in exchange for the evening’s tasting and food, but all opinions and thoughts are our own.
Matthew lives and teaches in Seoul, plays the ukulele, and takes photos of empty plates. You can follow him on Instagram at @mr.mattinthehat.