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Where to try Canadian wine in central Vancouver?

stanleyk Mar 6, 2012 01:26 PM


I am visiting Vancouver from the UK in the summer and am keen (as I know very little about it) to try plenty of Canadian wine. Was hoping for some top tips on either bottle shops that may have tastings on, restaurants that have good wine lists (ideally by the glass) or bars that offer wine flights. If they happen to fall within Happy Hours then all the better.

I will likely be staying in either Downtown/Kitsilano or possibly further souh in Riley Park/Little Mountain, depending on where I finally decide upon for accommodation.

Thanks for any thoughts

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    eatrustic Mar 6, 2012 02:45 PM

    These stores are a very good bet: http://www.villagevqawines.com/index.php
    They only carry VQA B.C. wines (sorry no wines from Ontario). They have the same pricing as the Liquor board stores with a better selection. Tastings every Saturday.

    Most of our better restaurants have a selection of B.C. wines and some that are exclusives.
    Sorry but Happy Hour does not exist here for liquor.

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    1. re: eatrustic
      stanleyk Mar 8, 2012 09:03 AM

      Perfect, thanks. All being well we'll be in Vancouver on a saturday too so may be able to taste before I buy.

      Good to hear local restaurants supporting the wines too, can't wait to try them with some BC cooking

    2. LotusRapper Mar 8, 2012 10:22 AM

      The Kitsilano Daily Kitchen on W.1st Ave, between Burrard and Cypress, has a good number of wines by the glass (or bottle), IIRC when we were there once last Fall. However I don't know what their mix of Canadian/BC wines is, and the wine list seems to change daily.

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      2. delys77 Mar 8, 2012 02:27 PM

        If you are staying downtown there is a great place on Seymour called Uva that has lots of BC wines by the glass (with 4, 5, 6, 8 oz pours so you don't have to get soused).
        900 Seymour Street.

        1. KarenDW Mar 8, 2012 11:03 PM

          near downtown, Swirl VQA shop (Mainland Street), and Legacy Liquor Stores (Olympic Village) have in-store tastings, especially on the weekends. Register for their mailing lists for a couple of months prior, to see whether the events are the type you're looking for.

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