"I don't sell wines. I sell experiences," declares Mike Taylor. This is no idle claim, as anyone who has enjoyed an evening at Bottega Montucci will testify. An American-Brazilian with several... Read More
"I don't sell wines. I sell experiences," declares Mike Taylor. This is no idle claim, as anyone who has enjoyed an evening at Bottega Montucci will testify. An American-Brazilian with several languages under his belt, Mike is an accomplished sommelier who is the life and soul of this charming wine bar. With a passion for –and encyclopedic knowledge of– world wines, his expertise is matched only by his infectious enthusiasm for everything that comes out of a vineyard. Indeed, a visit to Bottega Montucci is an education. There are hundreds of wines to sample here. Most of them are Portuguese, representing all grape varieties. Mike works with many lesser-known but no less celebrated wine producers from all four corners of Portugal, which translates as one word: "exclusive!" "These aren't supermarket wines," he says. "We have a lot of limited edition wines that you simply can't find anywhere else." The impressive wine list includes Post Scriptum, Quinta da Bica, Secretum, and Alto do João. Connoisseurs should ask to see Mike's collector's editions, his special vintage wines. Some of these date back to the early 1950s. Besides wines, customers can savour an exceptional range of tasty gourmet finger food. These three-course 'Food and Wines Experiences' marry artisan Portuguese gastronomy with wines of your choosing, plus those selected by Mike himself. Vegan platters are also available. Inside, near the entrance, a framed quote simply reads: "Wine is Bottled Poetry." It's a statement that suitably sums up Bottega Montucci's raison d'être.