Anyone who knows me know how much I enjoy a nice glass of wine. So I am extra excited to share today’s story with all of you!
For those of you who have visited St. John, you’re probably familiar with Island Cork/Kati Lago, the wine shop that was located over in Wharfside Village. Paul Tsakere opened it back in 2016. He remodeled the space about three or so years later, and ultimately rebranded it as Kati Lago, an homage to his Greek heritage. Well Paul decided to sell the wine shop last year, and from what I’ve heard, he is now living in Greece. There is a new owner now, and I think you are all going to love what she’s done with the space.
Victoria Theriault opened Wine Shop VI in the former Island Cork/Kati Lago space last month. Victoria is originally from Canada and recently moved to the island. She’s been connected to St. John for roughly two decades, as she has family who lives here. Victoria has ample experience in the wine industry, as she managed government-run liquor stores when living in Canada.
When you walk into Wine Shop VI, it just feels different these days. The space is warm and inviting, and there is a stellar wine selection. You can purchase wines by the glass, or you can opt to open any bottle available in the shop. (There aren’t any corkage fees, which is a lovely change.) Bottles are, of course, available to-go as well.
Victoria is offering small, shareable bites too. She has simple items like locally-baked bread and butter, charcuterie plates and more. She plans to introduce new items soon like chicken, liver and pork pâtés. There is a large deli case that also offers a variety of meats and cheeses to go.
Here are a few images that I took earlier this week:
And one thing I appreciate about the new layout is that the wines are now sorted by body and style, rather than by region, which makes it easier to shop for the style you like. And regarding price point, you can purchase a bottle for $33, or you can purchase a bottle for $1,000. Clearly that’s one that’s reserved for super special occasions! Most of the bottles are priced affordably, but there are some big boys for those of you who enjoy fine wines. Some of the more well-known brands include Shafer, Caymus, Opus and Sassicaia.
Wine Shop VI is open from 11 a.m. until about 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is open on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9-ish p.m. It is currently cash or Venmo only, as she awaits getting her credit card processing set up. Want to know exactly where Wine Shop VI is located? Click here to check out our Restaurant Map.