Seasons in the Park Winebar Tastings

Seasons in the Park Seasons in the Park, that’s Queen Elizabeth Park, has a lovely garden setting.  Set atop a high point in Vancouver that overlooks the downtown and North Shore mountains, you have a visual feast for your eyes out the window, as well as on your plate and in your glass.  In case you did not know, Seasons has a wine bar, where they have featured tastings.  Their next series of tastings are upcoming starting in March.  Below is the announcement from Seasons about their wine and whisky tastings.  Enjoy!


Seasons in the Park view

Seasons in the Park view

On Tuesday, March 12th, we will begin yet another fantastic series of tastings in the Seasons Winebar!

At the Seasons Winebar, we welcome guests of all interests! March through September, we host a variety of tasting events every other Tuesday night. Join us as we celebrate some amazing wine, spirits and delicious chef-made creations.

Week to week, our tastings reflect some of the best products that we and our partners have to offer. So join us for a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience in the Seasons Winebar!

Upcoming Events

  • March 12: Whiskies From Around The World
  • March 26: Evolution of Painted Rock Wines
  • April 9: Mission Hill Wines
  • April 23: Pinots from the Valley

Here is the link to find out more about these tastings.

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.

Provence Marinaside to Open The Wine Bar

Have you been to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown? It is located where Davie Street meets False Creek so you great a great view of our inner harbour. In the summer you can watch the action in the marina or on the seawall. Enjoy fresh local seafood, their raw oyster bar, and taste from their extensive wine list. They have been awarded Opentable’s Diners’ Choice Winner of 2011.  And now they will be opening a Wine Bar.  Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!
Provence Marinaside(Vancouver, BC) – There’s a new ‘baby’ in the Provence Restaurant family. Starting at the end of October, construction begins on a new space at Provence Marinaside – The Wine Bar.  A separate casual dining space; The Wine Bar takes over the space that formerly included Marinaside’s entrance foyer, antipasti case and small ‘room with a view.’
Designed by Bella Vivante, the same company that designed the renovation on Provence Mediterranean Grill last year, construction of the new room is expected to take a month with the opening anticipated for early December. “As the construction is confined to an enclosed area, we do not anticipate any inconvenience to our guests” says owner and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “We hope they will be as excited about the new space as we are.”
“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 on tap), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu.  It will be open from 3 p.m. to late every day.
“Provence’s Wine Bar is meant to be very casual and value-priced,” says Chef Quaglia. “We are introducing a wine-friendly Bites Menu created especially for The Wine Bar.”  ‘Bites’ come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared.  Wines by the glass will start at $7 with Small Bites coming in at $5 per dish and Big Bites priced at $18.
Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau is also very excited about the installation of a new state-of-the-art wine preservation and dispenser system. “This allows us to open any bottle of wine and sell glasses from it. We are going to be offering some of the premium bottles from Provence’s cellar – it’s a great way to try some pretty amazing wine.”  Montelvini Prosecco will also be available on tap for $6 per glass.
Watch for The Wine Bar to arrive at Provence Marinaside in early December. It’s the perfect place in which to eat, drink, chat and in true French fashion …  what happens next is up to you.
Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144

Las Vegas!

February 18, 2009 09:36:51
Posted By Wine With Karl

So you probably wondered why I have not posted lately. The answer is I took a short vacation to Las Vegas. Visited a few new casinos, played some table games, and of course kept my eye out for wine.

If you are looking for a nice wine bar, and nearby wine shop, I’d suggest that you visit the Palazzo. This is the new twin tower for the Venetian casino. It is a really beautiful casino. One of the things I found in the Palazzo is a very nice wine bar called “Double Helix Bar” and beside it is the “Double Helix Boutique”. In the boutique you can buy the wines that you tried in the bar.

From the Double Helix website:

…Double Helix’s nearly 2,100-square-foot space is located within the heart of the shopping center and includes a circular bar featuring more than 50 wines by the glass, available in either 2 oz. taste portions or 5 oz. glass servings. An adjacent boutique offers nearly 300 bottles of rare and hard-to-find labels from all over the world.

Featured wines include: Ken Wright Pinot Noir (Oregon), Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1999, Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay, Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis (Italy), Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), and Dom Perignon Champagne (France) to name just a few….

So if you are going to Las Vegas, and need a wine fix, please visit the Double Helix. Enjoy!