VinoMari, purveyors of fine Italian wines, supplies quality Italian wines wholesale to the restaurant, entertainment and hospitality trade and via the VinoMari wine club and regular wine tasting events to an ever expanding community of fine Italian wine aficionados in the The Netherlands and in Sierra Leone.
VinoMari was established by Mariam Kamara. Through her career in fashion and design, Mariam has spent a lot of time in Italy and has become an absolute fan of Italian wines. ‘The elegance, character and sophisticated taste of Italian wines is second to none to me. As one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world going back to Roman times, many historic wine varieties are still produced in wine yards throughout the country, often in small family owned wine yards. When you taste Italian wine, you taste the Italian way of life, the good life.’
A Sierra leone native, Mariam is especially proud of having launched VinoMari in Sierra Leone: ‘I currently live in Amsterdam, but miss Sierra Leone very much and I try to be in Freetown as often as I can. I love seeing my family and friends, being in my culture, the hussle and bussle of Freetown, the markets, the clubs and restaurants. We have been through a lot as a country, but I love the strength and spirit of us Sierra Leoneans, this binds us together and lets us prevail. And we do enjoy the good life. I love the home cooked food, cassava leaves, fresh goat, I love the beach, the beach bars, the restaurants, fresh lobster by the sea. There is only one thing that I thought was missing a bit though: fine Italian wines. That is how the idea of VinoMari was born: what about purveying some amazing fine Italian wines to Freetown, so we can all enjoy the good moments in life.’
Mariam takes very good care in sourcing fine Italian wines. ‘I have teamed up with friends from Italian wine company Podere del Gaio from Treviso, in the Veneto region, famous for it’s excellent climatic conditions and some of the the best soils for grape growing and wine production. Their classic Merlot IGT Veneto is very popular, deep ruby red, it has an intense bouquet of violet and pink, with fruity hints of blackberries and red fruit. Perfect with fresh goat meat. I also love their Armar Millesimato Spumante, a sparkling white Prosecco. Fruity with notes of golden apple, pear, and a delicate hint of citrus and grapefruit. The taste is lovely and elegant, pleasantly greasy wrapped in a pleasing acidity and sapidity. Ideal as an aperitif, great with light dishes and perfect with crab and lobster. Of course we purvey many more wines to taste & enjoy to suit everyone’s taste.’
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