Haut Dogs – Size Matters Edition at TWB on August 31st

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

In a continuation of its very successful Hot Dogs, Cool Bubbles event this past June, TWB –The Wine Bar is once again morphing into The Wiener Bar at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 with Haut Dogs, Size Matters – Big House Champagnes and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.

Provence/TWB Wine Director Joshua Carlson came up with the idea as a tribute to London’s famed Bubbledogs. “We received such great response to our June event, we decided to do it again,” says Carlson. “This time, instead of Grower Champagnes, I’ve enlisted David Hall of Charton Hobbs and Moët Hennesy who will be guest pouring champagnes from their portfolio.”

Carlson, along with Provence/TWB Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff, have created two very haut pairings available for only $30:

The Coney Island Foot Long Hot Dog
Dressed with Chili, Cheese, Onions – Tater Tot garnish
Veuve Clicquot Rosé

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener
Dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish
Moët Chandon RoséAs with the previous event this is first-come, first-served with the Haut Dog pairings available only while supplies last.

In addition to the two rosé champagnes featured in the above pairings, Hall will also be pouring an assortment of champagnes which may include some from  Krug, Ruinart, and Dom Perignon at the ‘dealer’s choice’ price of only $25/glass and TWB will be offering a 25% discount on all bubbles that night.

Join The Wiener Bar (aka TWB-The Wine Bar) for a very special sparkling Saturday starting at 5 p.m. on August 31 for Haut Dogs, Size Matters. Cheers to ‘no champagne, no gain!’

Champagne poured into glasses

TWB Bursting with Bubbles for Champagne Day

If you enjoy Champagne, you may want to know that October 19 is Global Champagne Day.  TWB at Provence Marinaside is celebrating with Champagne of course.  Here are the details.


(Vancouver, BC) – As novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” How lucky for us that October 19 is Global Champagne Day  – a day to raise a glass of the quintessential wine of celebration.  According to TWB-The Wine Bar’s Wine Director Joshua Carlson, “Bubbles turn any occasion, whether meeting friends after work or dropping by after the game, into a mini-celebration. They’re also very food friendly and go with everything from brunch to oysters to popcorn.”
Where better to celebrate Global Champagne Day than at TWB –The Wine Bar  and Provence Marinaside where they have 35 different bubbles on their wine list including 17 French champagnes. Prices for bottles range from $45 – $1,750.  If a bottle seems like too much of a good thing, you can always indulge your champagne passion with a glass or two. TWB has the largest selection of bubbles by the glass (35) including 17 French champagnes ranging from $28 for glass of Marie Demets Tradition Brut to $110 for the Louis Roederer Cristal if you are feeling very extravagant. Of course there are always non-champagne bubble options starting from $8 a glass./$45 bottle.
 In honour of Global Champagne Day, TWB and Provence Marinaside will be offering 25 percent off all bubbles (both glasses and bottles) on Friday, October 19. If you can’t make it in, they’ll be offering the same discount for their regular Sparkling Saturday the following day.

“Everything is better with bubbles… life itself feels a little brighter when you’re sipping something sparkling. It’s going to be a lot of fun offering so many selections to our guests. Our wonderful patio, the view over-looking the Marina, and a glass of bubbles, is just about perfect when it comes to making your day exceptional,” concludes Carlson.

And don’t forget, Provence’s special three-course Taste of Yaletown menu starts this Thursday, giving you another tasty reason to drop by.

Whether you are in a celebratory mood, need a pick-me-up, or looking to unwind after work, TWB-The Wine Bar and next door Provence Marinaside have you covered this coming weekend.

All photos by Emrys Horton

TWB – The Wine Bar One Year Anniversary Celebration on December 5

The Wine Bar logoTWB – The Wine Bar, located in Yaletown, has been offering some tasty appetizers and a wide selection of wines to go with them.  They are celebrating the 1 year anniversary on December 5 and are having a party.  Here is their press release. Enjoy!

(Vancouver, BC) – December 5th marks an important day for Provence Restaurants. It’s the first birthday of the ‘baby’ of the family:  TWB – The Wine Bar. “It’s been an incredible year for The Wine Bar,” says owner Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “People have really taken to our Bites and wines-by-the-glass concept.  TWB has become a popular meet-up location. I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just one year.”

To celebrate, TWB is holding an evening of special promotions and giveaways from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, December 5th.  The public is invited to pop by and celebrate the birthday with Chef Quaglia and Sommelier  Rachelle Goudreau.  TWB will be having prize draws every 15 minutes and there will be plenty of complimentary Truffle Popcorn along with specials on Bites and some wines.

In the year since it opened, TWB has received several accolades including most recently a Bronze in the Wine List category in WE Vancouver’s ‘Best of Vancouver” Awards.

“We hope everyone will join us for the birthday party. We promise it will be a fun evening.”

The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside Now Open

The Wine Bar logoI 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.