Ever thought about combining coffee and wine? Well, at Just Be they’ve taken this idea a step further and in 2015, owners Peter and Tina opened a coffee wine lounge located in Saltash, a stone’s throw away from the glistening Tamar River near Plymouth. At Just Be, they combine great food with even better wine to offer an all-round delightful experience in a calm living space. With their comprehensive knowledge of wines and culinary food-matching skills, Peter and Tina try to remove the mystery out of the dreaded restaurant wine list, enabling people to select a wine suited to them.
Noting the relaxed atmosphere and the welcoming vibes in the lounge, I longed to find out from Peter the moment in which he fell in love with wine, and decided to embark upon this venture. This is how it all began…
For Peter, wine is a journey of discovery. A romantic journey that originated at his family home in the early 70s; a time when Blue Nun was a complimentary feature to the family meal. These German, sweeter wines, lacked complexity and with Peter’s acquired knowledge, would be considered an unsavoury choice. However, for families in the 1970s, meals were more often than not accompanied by wine to generate a social environment. Following Peter’s introduction to wine, through family, as more than just a beverage but an experience, the pinnacle in Peter’s journey took place in the late 70s when he joined a wine appreciation class, whilst at Kingston College, London.
Over a seven-day period, seven different wine regions were explored, introducing Peter to higher quality wines and enabling him to explore his palette. In this moment, Peter’s fascination for wine was ignited, and he started purchasing more expensive wines and putting extra thought into the wines he chose.
Whilst chatting with Peter, his passion for the wines of Bordeaux and the surrounding region was very apparent, as he explained to me that it was in the early 80s whilst traveling around the area that he developed this undulating love. Everything about Bordeaux; from the elegant chateaux, to the bleak landscape and the people behind the wines, encapsulated his passion. For Peter, it’s the subtleties that make all the difference; the story behind the wine. At Just Be, they try to reflect this wine experience to let people embark upon their own wine journey. Their hand-selected wines tell their story and are impeccably matched to the foods offered to suit all palettes.
Peter and Tina’s journey continues as the wine industry shifts and they discover more about the wines they love. We wish them all the best for the future.
Written by Kat Archer - VineLives Reporter
Just Be regularly hosts wine and gin tasting events and food/wine matching evenings at the café. For more information on these events and their highly popular book clubs, contact Just Be via their facebook page or http://www.justbecafewines.co.uk/.
Tina Parker of Just Be will be taking part in the infamous Le Marathon Medoc in September this year. It is a marathon with a difference as she will be running 26 miles and bravely undertaking 23 wine tasting stops! Tina is running for the Cornish charity ‘Invictus Trust’ and hopes to raise funds for this local charity https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TinaParker4 . Vine Lives is hoping to see and hear more about this endeavour and will report back on the Bordeaux Marathon with a twist!