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Jun 18, 2008 04:37 PM

DiVino -- a new Wine Bar on Vancouver's Commercial Drive

I've been watching this renovation for a while as I walk by this place daily on my way to work.

A new wine bar which will be operated by a long-standing Italian family (The Grippo family - based in the Commercial Drive area) is due to open the end of this month (June 30). They will be serving wine, cheese, salumi, and Italian small-plates. The new chef Hugh Carbery used to be sous-chef at Aurora Bistro under Jeff Van you know the food will be good.

So now to avoid confusion, Western Canada Chowhounds will need to state which DiVino/Divino is which (Vancouver/Calgary) when making recommendations or writing reviews ;)

A great addition to my neighborhood.

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  1. Very cool -- I didn't know Hugh Carbery wasn't at Aurora any longer (he is related to my cousin). Exciting for him to be striking out on his own. Great to see the mentoring continue on down the line...

    I had read somewhere else it was going to be called Assagini -- I think maybe DiVino is more descriptive, and I like the bilingual pun.

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    1. re: grayelf

      The name Assaggio was considered, I believe....perhaps the first three letters didn't work well for the overall branding ;)

      >> Great to see the mentoring continue on down the line.

      Umberto Menghi to John Bishop to Jeff Van Geest to Hugh Carbery....

      1. re: fmed

        Ah, that must have been it. I thought it was Assagini because of the menu.

    2. I'm helping with the wine list!!

      It's going to be mostly Mediterreanian (sp) and BC

      Hugh rocks, looking forward to Staff meetings there as my office is practicaly right over them :)

      Wow I can't spell today...

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      1. re: starlady

        Looking forward to it starlady.

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        1. Not too impressed with choice of wines and markups , almost 300% on a $7.50/bottle of almost plonkish Primula Nero D'Avola , yikes

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          1. re: knight

            Yikes indeed. They may smarten up over time.

            1. re: fmed

              I hope so!!

              Just so you know they didn't take all advice on the wine list, but hopefully that'll change

              1. re: starlady

                They are not making a good first impression (on the wine side of things) on people that I trust. I hope they turn this around really quickly. It's the kind of word-of-mouth a new restaurant does not want out of the gate.

                1. re: fmed

                  Yup, they better pick it up right quick!!

          2. Went here a couple nights ago.

            Had three meats (all delicious). Service was great and room looks nice. The patio will be something I can see myself on a lot.

            The wines, on the other hand, were pretty/very weak and the markups high (very high on some as Knight has pointed out). The owner said that the wine list is going to grow dramatically in the next week with specs, etc... but, even still... this is a wine bar, to open with such a rough, bad thought out wine list IMO is a terrible idea.

            Soft opening with a not full wine list is fine, but there are MUCH better/interesting products at the BCLDB than what was on offer.

            I hope they work the wine program out because I'd love to have a nice hangout on the drive.

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            1. re: Cancuk

              The cheese and meats are great but the wine list is a complete waste. The mark-up is unacceptable and selection mediocre. They need more by the glass, flights, and better BC wines. Waazubee two doors away has over 40 by the glass, wine flights, a wine club, and wines for $6.95 on Wednedsays.

              1. re: foamyfood

                Stephen at Wazubee has done a wonderful job , good wines , good prices , a wine club , Wazubee is the only wine bar on the Drive right now

                1. re: knight

                  Yep - totally agree. I was there last night. Had a series of flights - "ABC - Anything But Chardonnay", "Old World vs New World", "Pinot Noir". Very good list and a very inclusive approach ("no wine snobs") .

                  I may finally join the wine club soon.

                  1. re: knight

                    I mentioned to Stephen on another food thread that you said waazubee is a wine bar - he seemed happy that Waazubee is getting some wine drinking foodies. He still hoping the owner will spend some money on the place so he can take the wine program further. I still hope he opens his own wine bar in the near future - he dropped some hints of a wine bar or gourmet food store in the future.

                      1. re: foamyfood

                        I would LOVE if Stephen would do that. He has a great pallet and is very good at finding unknown/well priced wines.

                        1. re: Cancuk

                          I'd even go palate :) , but yes if Stephen ever decides to open his own wine bar I'll be a regular

                          1. re: knight

                            I hope it's on the I can stagger home.

                      2. re: knight

                        Too bad Waazubee has the worst service and slowest service I've yet to experience in Vancouver. You leave out a huge demographic, wine drinking or not, when you can't deliver in those areas. I would NEVER waste my time there.