Vancouverites are lucky to be living right next door to some seriously impressive wine country, with almost 250 wineries producing a huge range of wines.
The next time you feel like a sip of something local, check out these five spots, all focused on pouring an awesome selection of BC wines.
At Boulevard, glam Wine Director Lisa Haley has put together a mega wine list, making it the perfect place to celebrate or take your wine-loving houseguests. At least 25% of wines by the glass are from B.C., including a rosé sparkler from Blue Mountain, and Nichol Vineyard’s Cab Franc. You can also peruse over their impressive list of 50 different BC wines by the bottle.
Address: 845 Burrard Street
At this cool converted warehouse in Railtown, peek into the neighbouring brewery before grabbing a table at the VUW lounge to sample their selection of B.C. wines on tap. Choose from a collaboration with local wineries such as the Road 13 Chardonnay, or one of their VUW label wines, made from B.C. grapes. Can’t choose? Try a flight of wines specially selected by the sommelier.
Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue
Find something new to taste from the rotating 14 B.C. wines on tap here, including many small batch editions exclusive to Tap & Barrel, available in pours of 6 ounces, 9 ounces, or a full 750 ml. The JoieFarm Noble Blend would be a tempting glass for enjoying on their Olympic Village seaside patio, as would the Le Vieux Pin Single Barrel Syrah.
Address: 1055 Canada Place (Convention Centre)
Address: 1 Athletes Way (Olympic Village)
Address: 8 Lonsdale Avenue (Shipyards, North Vancouver)
With three locations inside Vancouver International Airport, you’re covered for a great glass of wine whether you’ve en route to Calgary or Vegas, or waiting in International Arrivals. The best way to enjoy some local sipping is by ordering a flight (no pun intended), which comes with fun tasting sheets describing the wines. The 2014 Meyer Family Pinot Gris is a standout, and exclusive to Vino Volo, as is the Bravo Campa, an organic Pinot Noir made by Okanagan Crush Pad with a nod to VV sommelier Sally Campa.
Address: 3211 Grant McConachie Way (Courcourse E-Gate 83, International Arrivals Level 2, and A/B Connector Concourse C)
With a mind-boggling 750 BC VQA wines to choose from, Swirl is the perfect place to pick up that bottle you just can’t find elsewhere. This bottle shop only sells B.C. wines, and has everything from Wild Goose’s Gewurtztraminer to Moon Curser’s delish Syrah. They also host free tastings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon in store, so you can try before you buy.
Address: 1185 Mainland Street (Yaletown)
Address: 15222 North Bluff Road (White Rock)