While the Baltics and Riga are not known as a wine region, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good glass of wine or two. In fact, you can even do a wine tasting of sorts or even better do a meal with your own wine pairings! Wine Easy is a type of concept restaurant I’ve previously seen in the US and even in Manila – and it’s worth checking out for dinner in the Riga’s Old Town – it was my best wine tasting in the Baltics during my Baltic Explore trip!
Instead of just offering wine by the bottle and a few by the glass, Wine Easy has a long list of wines that you can have by the glass and even in different sizes, 50ml, 100ml or 150ml. The bottles are set in dispensers and to make it easy, you get an electronic card to insert into the dispenser and dispense the wine and amount of your choices by yourself! They have a nice selection of white, rose and red wines from different regions, made of different grapes and from different vintages. The staff is knowledgeable and can help you find a wine to your liking. If you are not sure, just pour a small taste and come back for more – or something different!
What’s even better is that Wine Easy serves a full menu of food! Most of these type of concept wine bars only serve snacks or cheese plates. Having a full menu works a lot better, allowing you to have a nice dinner and pair it with wines you like. They offer a choices of salads, soups and main courses. I tried the salad with prosciutto and cheese to start – and it was delicious. I followed it up with pasta with chicken, which was good. I tried two red wines of growing intensity and they were the best wines of my Baltic Explorer trip. While the food was reasonably priced, the wines were a little on the expensive side (considering the portions), but still good for the quality and convenience.
Wine Easy has indoor seating as well as outdoor, making it especially pleasant on a nice summer day in the old town. The staff was the friendliest I encountered in Riga, very helpful with the wine and quick and responsive to bring my orders. If you like good wine to go with your food while in Riga, you should give it a try! You can find it on my Baltic Explorer map!