Five questions for… Lindsay Brennan
For the love of Catalan wine
As you probably already know, Tastet is interested in everything related to the restaurant industry. We love to discover the best places to eat and drink well. Everyone appreciates good food served in a beautiful space. However, what gives us the most pleasure in pursuing our mission is meeting the people who make these experiences possible. Whether they are restaurateurs, chefs, famous personalities, or heroes who work behind the scenes, these beautiful encounters spark enthusiasm in us that we will always want to share with you. This is why we are asking questions to our favourite personalities.
Lindsay Brennan is the co-owner of Alma wine bar and Tinc Set, a rotisserie, dépanneur, and wine shop located side by side in the heart of Outremont. Both have one thing in common: their Mediterranean inspiration. This is a testament to Lindsay’s love of Catalan wines, which she also popularizes through her private import agency, Vin I Vida.
Questions we asked the passionate and bubbly Lindsay:
What do you listen to when you cook?
I listen to music from my childhood, especially 70’s rock’n’roll.
What is the restaurant/dish you can’t wait to get back to when everything is open again?
There isn’t just one restaurant that comes to mind, but most of all I can’t wait to get back to talking to our friends, interacting with customers, and enjoying the small pleasures of life.
Where do you dream of travelling to after the confinement?
Catalonia of course (laughs).
North America or Europe?
Who do you dream of sharing a bottle of wine with?
With my sister; it’s been very difficult to get together for a year and I miss her a lot.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I studied landscape architecture, I used to dream of doing it for a living!
What dish takes you back to your childhood?
Grilled chicken! In my family it was our go-to on the barbecue. It was my father who cooked it on the barbecue and when my friends came over it was almost a joke because we ate chicken so often.
Natural wine or appellation contrôlée?
What is your guilty pleasure?
Pan con tomate with anchovies.
The last bottle you drank?
El Rumbero de Oriol Artigas and it was simply ma-gi-cal!
Your last favourite wine discovery?
La Vicente by Anna Serra for the project Amor per la Terra. It’s their first wine and she is a great friend of mine!
Who are your favourite women, be it in history, gastronomy, or celebrities?
I would like to say Yoyo, she is a very important woman for me. More than a friend, she is a mentor.
Written by Marc-Antoine Ranger
Photography by Alison Slattery