It goes by Just Wine but don’t let the seeming simplicity of the name deceive you.

Cebu’s newest wine and tapas bar is cozy and comfortable and provides the perfect place for Cebuanos to hang out and bond with friends over a glass (or glasses) of red or white.

Just Wine sells a bottle of wine starting from a very affordable price of around P300, said one of the owners, Joseph Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop. He added that Just Wine also carries pricier labels at P2,000 per bottle. To get a look at more wines that may entice you, you can also head out to sites like this wine blog.

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Just Wine is the perfect place to chill out with friends over a bottle of red or white wine.

“Generally, wine is not the choice of alcohol for Cebuanos. We’ve noticed though that wine is getting popular among the young people. A lot of younger Cebuanos are coming here to drink wine,” he shared.

Just Wine offerings

Celebrations demand the bubbly kind and Just Wine has exactly the right bottles for such times. It offers Champagne for around P7,000 per bottle or its alternatives, such as Spanish sparkling wines bottled under Cava for only P800.

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Titania Wine Cellar, Inc. owner Jose Meneses says the finer the bubbles, the better the sparkling wine.

According to Gandionco, the wine bar charges a 10 percent service fee for bottles consumed there.

Just Wine sells wines imported from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, the US, and Chile through Philippine importer Titania Wine Cellar, Inc.

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Just Wine in Cebu is cozy, comfortable and serves affordable and quality wines.

The wine and tapas bar along Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City is a partnership between Gandionco and Jose Meneses of Titania.

Wine and tapas

Gandionco said he used to be a distributor of Titania in Cebu and knew that it was looking for a place to retail its wines here.

“This place was vacant and I thought it was perfect for what we had in mind,” he citing, adding that Just Wine opened in April this year.

Cold appetizers like mixed olives and cheese known as tapas in Spanish cuisine serve as the perfect wine pair.

As perfect foil for its red and white wines, it serves a wide variety of hot and cold appetizers or snacks called tapas in Spanish cuisine.

Its offerings include anchovy caviar, calamares, chorizo, chicken bites, callos, cheese, nuts and bread.

Just Wine recently started selling Spanish wines produced under the Palacio de la Vega, Musso, and Casa Rojo labels. Available are red and white wines manufactured in Palacio de la Vega, the oldest winery in the Spanish region of Navarra or Navarre.

Marlen is the editor of and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.

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