Happy Wine Wednesday! Never a dull moment they say. And yet here we are. For those who continue to work from home this may not be the case but for many of us the new norm is boredom. Some of us are bored and some of us are lonely. It’s at time like these that we need to reach out and help other survive and thrive. Why not let it be wine.
You know I love wine. It’s one of life’s pleasures - rich in history, full of flavour, variable and sensory. It makes a great partner to a meal and yet it can stand alone. Wine is life. A day without wine for me is like a day without air. If you are like me, you will need these links to survive not only now but well into the future. I firmly believe that all that is behind us in history and we are in uncharted waters. The best idea I can come up with is creating new habits and one of them is shopping for wine online. To my great surprise a few of my favorite wine retailers were thinking ahead and are now here to help.
Wine Online is not new when talking about the retail experience. Several of the leading liquor stores in the province run online shopping websites and have for many years.
Consider BCL (http://www.bcliquorstores.com/) who has continued to upgrade their shopping site making it easy for customers to source wines by country, region, and grape variety and sortable by price point, bottle size in every direction. What I like about this site is the sorting capabilities and the speed at which it moves. I also like the pricing and descriptions. Some of the listings lack vintage of the bottles so be aware. Vintage matters! This is a great site to do research as well as finding random tasting notes and pairing suggestions. No discounts on 12 bottles and no shipping available. Pick up is still an option. Orders must be phoned in.
Some notable online shops
Marquis Wine Cellar (https://www.marquis-wines.com/) I like this site because the wine selection is awesome. The search response populates fairly quickly and there are limited images per page. This can be a positive and a negative. You can zoom in on the bottle shot which is cool, however most of the bottle info is on the back label so this may be solely for vintage verification or spelling which can be helpful especially for international styles. Check it out. Don’t be shy. Set up an account and start shopping. On orders of 12 bottles of more 10% discount is offered. Deliveries can be arranged for $12.99 or free with orders over $200 which is a bonus!
Everything Wine (https://www.everythingwine.ca/) This site is extensive and somewhat lethargic probably for that reason. The sorting function has always been a bit odd and can sometimes layer the search leaving you with a single bottle as an option. Make sure you clear your search each time to guarantee a selection. Here you can find lots of inexpensive, exclusive wines so bargain shoppers may find some great deals. If you order a dozen bottles a 5% discount is offered. Pick up is a great option. Delivery is $15 and handled by FedEx which at the moment has an overwhelmed system taking 7 – 10 business days.
Legacy Liquor Store (https://legacyliquorstore.com/shop) Close to my heart, sadly this site has not improved and likely for many reasons so you can try to search and shop but success is not guaranteed. Legacy does have an inside sales person, Kitty, who, in my opinion, is a winning alternative. She’s the voice at the end of the phone to guide you into some good wine selections, as well as beer and spirits. A dozen bottles of wine will get you a 5% discount. Delivery by courier or pick up available. For orders over $200 delivery fee is waived.
Liberty Wine Merchants (https://www.libertywinemerchants.com/) Again close to my heart and still one of the best selections of quality wine in the city! Liberty has online shopping on their website. Deliveries can be arranged for $10. Free delivery for orders over $200. On orders of 12 bottles or more a 10% discount is available.
Kits Wine Cellar (https://www.winecellarsbc.com/) We love Kits Wine Cellar. While there is no online shopping available a call to the shop could get you in good supply with live recommendations. I couldn’t get through which means they are busy.
The Village Liquor Store at Park Royal (https://www.villageliquorstore.com/) Curbside shopping is the new term for picking up your advance order. Try out their online wine advisor. It’s not sophisticated and based on email auto response you send that provides them with your search parameters. Rich or Tyler will be sure to follow up and email you a quotation. Deliveries can be arranged at no charge with orders over $200. If you purchase 12 bottles or more the discount is 10%.
Swirl Wine Shop (https://swirlwinestore.ca/) Located in Yaletown, Swirl has one of the best selections of BC VQA wine in the city. With 671 bottles, the online shop can be sorted by alphabet, price, vintage along with a few options like best sellers and feature wineries. Jeff and crew can provide great recommendations. Delivery can be arranged (free for locals in Yaletown). Discount on 12 bottles is 5%.
Hope these suggestions are helpful. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Some deals may change. Don’t hold me to them. If you would like any wine advice please message me. Happy Wine Wednesday and remember – life is short! Drink good wine.