LINDSAY BRENNAN is the founder of Importations Vin I Vida and the co-owner, with her chef-husband, Juan Lopez Luna, of Alma and Tinc Set in Montréal, Québec.
Importations Vin i Vida is a project that was inadvertently born in the heart of Catalunya. Lindsay took a last-minute trip to Banyuls in the midst of harvest in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the salty, sun-kissed wines and people. The warm September sun, evening swims in the ocean, the anchovies, and most importantly, the wines led to multiple trips between Barcelona and Montreal. Between 2016 and 2017, Lindsay made 7 trips back to Catalunya, attempting to grasp an in-depth understanding of the full cycle of the vine from harvest to harvest. She worked in the vineyards and the cellars of the region's most exciting winemakers, developing incredible friendships, eventually leading to importing the wines to Québec, and to Canada.
Today, alongside the vibrant cuisine of chef-husband Juan Lopez Luna, the wines of Vin I Vida are at the heart of the couple’s restaurant Alma, and at their newest project, Tinc Set. Juan and Lindsay spend extended time in Catalunya each January, while the restaurants are closed. Alma and Tinc Set are Canadian destinations for the purest, most energetic, and precise wines of Catalunya.