April 5, 2013 – KSAT12 Consumer Report
Entrepreneurs sell, teach wine
November/December 2012 – San Antonio Woman Magazine Features Melissa Unsell as Role Model
Mixing Technology and Wine
If Melissa Unsell had stuck to her original plan, she’d be able to identify her occupation with one word: radiologist. Instead, she took some unexpected steps and is now marketing director for an electronic discovery provider and co-owner of a boutique wine shop that emphasizes education.
Unsell’s dual-career track may not fit into a blank on a form, but it suits her. Balancing both highly responsible jobs with civic activities is easy, she says, “because none of it feels like work.”
July 8, 2012 – San Antonio Express News – Sunday’s Taste Section
The future is now for these chefs ~ By Edmund Tijerina
If the members of the Texas Cooks Co-Op are any indication, San Antonio’s culinary [and vinous!] future is in skilled hands. [...] The most recent dinner cost $65, including wine pairings from Veronique Cecilia Barretto of Vinously Speaking Wine Shop [& Blog]. “I joined on as the ‘wine gal’ of the group because I am always looking for ways to bring fun wine education to people,” she said. “I enjoyed the idea that I would be a part of a group that would be developing the urban wine and food culture of San Antonio, and I’m always looking for ways to satisfy my foodie cravings.” For a multicourse dinner, $65 with pairings is a value, especially considering that most tasting menus here run from $70 to $120, before wines.
June 10, 2012 – San Antonio Express News – Sunday’s Taste Section
From avocation to vocation ~ By Jennifer McInnis
Veronique Cecilia Barretto’s wine journey began as an education that’s led to a career path and the recent opening of a small wine shop, Vinously Speaking, with co-owner and friend Melissa Unsell. The intimate store is tucked inside the shopping center at 7271 Wurzbach Road, Suite 117 at Babcock Road. Its shelves are stocked with a charming, thoughtful selection of affordable, small-production wines. Barretto, who goes by Ceci (pronounced Sessy), and Unsell want to help develop San Antonio’s urban wine culture through education and social events. This journey began approximately three years ago when Barretto got an opportunity to move to France to pursue a Masters in Wine Business studies at The Burgundy School of Business in Dijon.
May 8, 2012 – SavorSA
Wine, A Fine Wine Shop, Will Have Its Grand Opening This Week ~ By John Griffin
The Medical Center wine shop is located where Rio de Vino once was. “This is an exciting endeavor for us as we strive to ignite the urban wine culture in our great city,” says Unsell. Their philosophy is to make wine an un-intimidating, fun libation. And so their store has something for all wine lovers and all tastes. “Our focus is to offer our clients selections from boutique lots of wine that most times are not offered at other high-volume retail locations,” says Barretto.
April 19, 2012 – San Antonio Business Journal
Wine Bloggers Invest in Vinously Speaking Retail Store
The wine shop is located at 7271 Wurzbach Road in the Medical Center area.
“This is an exciting endeavor for us as we strive to ignite the urban wine culture in our great city,” Unsell says, adding that the store will cater to novices, experts and everyone in between.
December 10, 2011 – SavorSA
Two Women Take Over Wurzbach Road Wine Shop ~ By John Griffin
Veronique Cecilia Barretto and Melissa Unsell have become the new owners of Wine: A Fine Wine Shop at 7271 Wurzbach Rd. The new shop will still focus on wine, but the name will change after the first of the year to Vinously Speaking, which is also the name of Barretto’s blog. The store offers a broad array of wines for all tastes, whether you’re looking for some Old World reds, New World whites or sparklers to fit a few budgets.