I was told about Provence Marinaside’s wine bar being built in the fall last year, and it is now here for the new year. I am excited to read the wide selection of wines by the glass available. That is great because: 1) you may want to try a particular wine before committing to a whole bottle, 2) you may be by yourself and you cannot drink a whole bottle, then drive home. I will be heading over to The Wine Bar quite soon and will send out my review, but in the meantime, please feel free to go and comment on my blog about your experience. Here is their press release. Enjoy!
(Vancouver, BC) – Provence Restaurants is pleased to announce that its newest venture, TWB – The Wine Bar, is now fully open. “We completed construction in mid-December and operated ‘under the radar’ for the rest of the month. Now all the kinks have been ironed out and The Wine Bar is ready to welcome guests,” says proprietor and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia.
“The Wine Bar at Provence is a place where you can drop by for a glass of wine, have a light snack and meet up with friends.” The self-contained separate facility features the wine bar (serving 50 wines by the glass), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu. It is open from 3 p.m. to late every day.
“The wine program is meant to be approachable while offering guests a range of products and prices to suit every taste and budget. By-the-glass offerings start at $7 and bottles start at $30. To accommodate guests looking for something special and to utilize current inventory, a reserve list is available featuring a selection of wines, many of which are hard to find labels and rare vintages,” adds Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau
In addition to the wine taps for The Wine Bar, Provence has invested in a 12-slot by-the-glass wine preservation system. A couple of slots in this system are kept open so that guests have the option of being able to choose anything off the reserve list and order it by the glass at one fifth (20 percent) of the bottle price. Once the bottle is open, the selection will be available for everyone in quantities as small as an ounce taster and listed on the daily features menu. This allows wine-loving guests to try some of the best wines in the world without having to invest in a pricey bottle.
Ms. Goudreau worked with Chef Quaglia to choose wines that best complemented Provence’s and The Wine Bar’s West Coast- influenced Mediterranean/French dishes. The primary focus of the wine list is French, with a selection of other Mediterranean countries and an array of prominent styles from around the world – particularly those inspired by the French classics. Also, drawing from the classic French bistro concept of using what is locally produced, the list features a broad selection of wines from British Columbia along with a wide range of sparkling wines. “I am very excited to offer Montelvini Prosecco on tap,” says Ms. Goudreau. “Two of my local favourites, also on tap, are Joie’s Noble Blend and Road 13’s Honest John Red. For French there’s Louis Latour Chardonnay (Coteaux de lÀrdeche) and Les Brottiers Cotes du Rhone Rouge.”
Wine is meant to be enjoyed with food and at The Wine Bar guests will find a wide-selection of tempting dishes – from tasty morsels to full meals. “The Wine Bar is meant to be very casual,” says Chef Quaglia. “I have created a wine-friendlyBites Menu especially for The Wine Bar.” Bites come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine value-priced at $5, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared for $18.
Look for specials such as Monday Bites (three Bite plates for $10), Tap Tuesdays (all ‘on tap’ wine $8/glass) and Wine Wednesdays (25% off any bottle on the list). A la Minute daily specials and features will be posted on Facebook and Tweeted. There are plans to start a wine club along with hosting special tasting events. Check out the web site or the Facebook page to sign up for the monthly newsletter, get in-the-know for A la Minute specials and hear about other special events and programs.
At TWB-The Wine Bar, it looks like a vintage year coming up.