How do I know what style I’ll like?

Discovering your palate is one of the best parts about drinking wine. Finding out exactly what appeals to you is a completely individual experience with no right or wrong answers, it’s simply based on the merits of what you like. Why is this a personal thing? While the average person has roughly 10,000 taste buds, this number can vary greatly depending on the person and change individual levels of sensitivity drastically. And this is just one of the many factors that can affect a person’s palate. To demonstrate the difference in people’s tastes, think about something like black licorice. Some people love this intensely flavourful treat praising it for its salty sweetness. For others, just the sight of black licorice makes them turn their nose up remembering the last time they tasted something so terrible. Whether you love or hate this candy, this demonstrates that everyone tastes things differently and with that wine is no different. The same people who love and hate black licorice could taste the same award-winning wine and have completely opposite opinions about the quality and flavour profile. This is why we believe in the philosophy of ‘match the wine to the diner, not the dinner’. If you prefer sweet wine then dry old-world Chianti may not be your thing. If you have your heart set on trying white wine with steak then we’re not going to stand by and tell you that you’re making a terrible decision. It’s your dinner and your wine. People experiment with food, fashion, music and art, so why not...
What about craft beer?

What about craft beer?

For beer fans you ‘ll be delighted to know that we stock over 125 craft beers on our shelves at any given time, which are also organized by style. Like wine, beer has also undergone it’s own resurgence in popularity where the number of beer producers and styles that you have to pick from are staggering. Gone are the simple days when your choices included: Kokanee, Molson and Labatt’s. At Vine Styles you can browse through our beers in the following 5 style sections: Clean, Balanced, Fruity, Intense and Robust. If you’re looking for something clean, easy drinking with a touch of hops then you have a selection of lager, pilsners and pale ales to choose from. In the winter it’s always nice to have something that’s a little bit more concentrated to pair with heartier foods, which is why we’ve created a Robust section for porters and stouts. Looking from something with a something a little sweeter? Then you should probably check out our Hefeweizens, ciders and blanche...
Where is the French section?

Where is the French section?

We like to do things a little different and for that reason you won’t find wines displayed by region or country. Instead, our wines are organized by style. At Vine Styles, you’ll discover 8 different wine style sections, as well as several thematic displays, that will help you navigate to just the right bottle that suits your taste. We believe that in order to learn more about yourself and your palate, a style based organization allows us to focus on taste as opposed to geography. To elaborate further, let’s say you’re looking to try a French red but you don’t know what kind of French wines you like. There are so many options to pick from; you have elegant Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, fruity Beaujolais’, austere Left Bank Bordeaux and the meaty Malbecs from Cahors. Where do you begin? Alternatively, you might be looking for a specific wine for a particular scenario or mood. Maybe it’s a nice warm day outside and you’re looking for something cool to enjoy. That’s a perfect opportunity to visit our ‘Crisp’ section where you’ll find a great assortment of refreshing Sauvignon Blancs, fresh Pinot Grigios and Vinho Verdes with a little zing. Or say it’s Friday night and the hedonist in you is looking for something big, rich and delicious to start the weekend off right. This might mean that you’ll find what you’re looking for in our ‘Bold’ section, which will be stocked with a sinfully delicious collection of hearty Zinfandel, monolithic California Cabernet and big spicy...
Why should I shop at Vine Styles?

Why should I shop at Vine Styles?

At Vine Styles it’s all about you. We are here to help you better understand what kinds of wines you enjoy and introduce you to new options that meet your unique taste. We really want you to enjoy the whole experience of browsing, tasting and discovering wines. The popularity of wine in North America has grown astronomically in the last few decades and in today’s world of wine, everyone is an expert. There are countless blogs, magazines and websites created by savvy oenophiles who want to sell you on the gospel of wine and tell you what you should be drinking. Now this isn’t to say that some of this material isn’t incredibly helpful and entertaining but customers tend to suffer from sensory overload with all the information coming their way. The last thing we want to do is overwhelm you when you just came in to grab something quick for dinner. It shouldn’t be that complicated. After all, we’re not performing brain surgery, we’re buying wine. We also strive to offer first-time wine drinkers the same level of comfort as world-class sommeliers. There are no dumb questions and no such thing as bad choices when it comes to picking out wine. We believe the only way to learn more about your palate is by trying new things and asking lots of questions. Next time you’re passing by one of our shops we encourage you to stop in, sample the wines at our tasting bar, meet the staff and allow us to help you experience new...

Crisp

Whites with snappy acidity and vibrant flavours that will awaken your senses

Our crisp whites offer lovely refreshing acidity and a nice citrus punch; these wines will revive you and make you feel like you’re enjoying fresh fruit in an orchard in the middle of July. Think about of the last time you were out somewhere in the heat of the summer; one of those days when the pavement was melting, the paint was peeling off buildings and all you could think about was how badly you wanted something to quench your thirst. When you stumbled onto a lemonade stand and took that first sip, you were cured.

We can’t say our wines will cure dehydration but they are a great option while you’re enjoying patio weather.

 

Varietals

You’ll find varietals like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling and Vinho Verde and more!

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Mellow

Loved for their understated qualities these whites are beautiful and exotic

Talking about mellow wine is like talking about a classic film star. She’s a lady with international acclaim and classic appeal. Mellow wines don’t jump up and down screaming for attention; instead they prefer to lure you in with their quiet charm and feminine wiles. Swirling a nice Viognier or Pinot Gris is all about soft, intricate and attractive flavours that might make you think about your favourite perfume, stepping into a flower shop or leaving a patisserie where they’ve just taken almond pastries out of the oven. This is Sophia Loren in a glass.

 

Varietals

If you enjoy varietals like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer or Chenin Blanc you’ll love this style!

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Lush

Whites that ask to be a muse. This is Claude Monet’s water lilies’ in a wine glass.

Lavish and luxurious wines with all the razzle-dazzle. Think about the things in life that make you feel like you’re living large. Imagine yourself wearing layers of pearl necklaces, leading a ticker tape parade, eating popcorn laced with truffle oil and lounging on the king bed of the Ritz Carlton penthouse all at the same time. Lush wines are what we drink when we’re feeling on top of the world and when we want to celebrate life. This is 4th of July fireworks and the clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve all rolled into one beautiful gold package. Bottoms up!

 

Varietals

Varietals like Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier are found here.

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Elegant

Ruby reds with a timeless style and appeal; wines that will never go out of fashion.

Elegant reds ask you to dig a bit deeper. Some people enjoy them for the romantic ideas they conjure while others enjoy the subtle nuances that each bottle possesses. We can’t think of a better way to describe elegant reds than talking about Coco Chanel. Think about No. 5, the little black dress or the most importantly the iconic Chanel suit, a true couture item that is well lined, carefully crafted and something that will always be in vogue. An elegant wine is like a nice stroll along the promenade in the seaside town of Biarritz or a day at the ballet in red maillot.

 

Varietals

Here you’ll find Pinot Noirs, Gamays, Chiantis and more!

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Smooth

Reds that are pleasant from start to finish

Supple and velvety, smooth reds are a real crowd pleaser; something that everyone loves. Like a popular jazz standard, the best way to sum up these wines is to think about hearing Miles Davis on vinyl. Everyone has heard those tunes and when the horns come in on the track you can’t help but connect over the sheer universal joy in hearing something so incredibly smooth and pleasing to the senses. Miles Davis was one cool dude and that’s how we feel about the wines in this section. You’ll feel like you’re slipping on a new pair of driving gloves every time you pour yourself one.

 

Varietals

Varietals such as Grenache, Merlot and mouth-watering blends can be found here.

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Bold

Our deepest most complex reds; these wines make a statement

Full and flavourful with an intense fruit core, these reds are the talk of the town. Bold wines have an intensity about them that not only commands your presence but also asks you to stay a while. Pretend for a minute that Clint Eastwood has just walked into a bar, stared at you for a long hard second and proceeded to put out a cigar out on his forearm before challenging you to an arm wrestle. You’re heart might skip a beat but you’ll be happy that you tried it. That arm wrestle might be one of the best things you ever do in your life. That’s how we describe a bold wine.

 

Varietals

Food friendly varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are right at home here.

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Bubbly

There’s nothing quite like hearing that cork pop!

Call us crazy but the sound of a cork being popped just makes everything better. Headaches dull, clouds seem to part and even the sound of crying children can be drowned out by the wonderful thought that you’ll soon have a stem in hand and an effervescent treat to tickle the end of your nose. A glass of bubbly just spells a plain good time. It might be a celebratory drink with friends, an excuse to get all gussied up for a fabulous night out or it might just be a date with the couch to watch Sex and the City re-runs solo.

 

Varietals

Here you’ll find everything from Champagne to Cava, Prosecco, Lambrusco and everything in between!

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Rich

Wines made with a little extra TLC

What are you going to find in this section? You’re going to find late harvest nectar, ice wines, delectably sweet Rieslings and 5 puttonyos worth of sweetness. And why are you going to love these wines? The grape juice that you’ll find in our Rich section took a lot of extra TLC to make the transition from vine to glass and can be used to make some of the most magnificent food and wine pairings known to man. We just have 3 words for you: Oysters and Sauternes.

 

Varietals

This style houses dessert wines like Sauternes, Ice Wine and Tokaji.

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Clean

Simple and Straightforward

When you think of simple and uncomplicated you can’t help but think of a guy in his college freshmen year. The beers that we’ve categorized as Clean are straightforward and unassuming with bright flavours and not too much complexity. You’ll enjoy these beers more than a keg stand and find them to be about as fresh as a 19 year-old guy at an all girl frat party. Big time!

 

Examples

Light and easy, simple Lagers, Pilsners & Blonde Ales.

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Balanced

Find your zen on our beer wall

Life Coaches and self-help books will tell you that balance is the key to a happy life. That may true but when we’re talking about a balanced style of beer we’re talking about the merits of a good pale ale with well integrated hop and malt flavours. Balanced beers won’t help you understand the deeper meaning of life but they’re still worth sampling for their easy-drinking quality. Take that Deepak Chopra!

 

Examples

Brews such as Brown Ales, Red Ales, Cream Ales, Black Lagers & Dunkels.

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Fruity

For your fun side, beers not meant to be taken too seriously

There is fruity like the Village People and there is fruity like wonderfully citrus kissed Hefeweizen, warm kirsch Belgians and bubbly orchard fruit ciders. While there is no denying the fun of disco and flamboyant cowboys, our Fruity section will give you options to keep you singing and dancing all year long. This is an amiable selection to accompany garden time, dinner parties and of course they pair wonderfully with dessert.

 

Examples

If you’re after a Cider, Radler or any fruit infused brew, you’ll find it here alongside Wheat beers.

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Intense

The safe way to have an intense experience…

Here’s a short list of things that are truly intense: squirrel suit jumping, big wave surfing and the insane ramblings of Gary Busey. While our Intense selection of beers could be described as big and loud, they certainly won’t lead to death on impact, shark attacks or being verbally abused on Celebrity Apprentice. You’ll love the IPAs and scrumptious Trapist ales. Gary agrees.

 

Examples

Some like it hopped! Here you’ll find IPAs, DIPAs, Trappist brews, Sours & Barleywines.

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Robust

Beer that leaves an impression

Powerful, sturdy and strapping are all great words to describe the Robust section. Everything you find here possesses strong brawny flavours that leave a lasting impression. Just think back to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version of Conan the Barbarian; despite the horrifically bad acting that comes with those 80s classics we just can’t help but love the brute force and thick accent. Conan would call you an infidel for drinking anything else.

 

Examples

Home to heartier brews like Stouts and Porters & some Barrel Aged offerings.

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Examples

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Rosé

Effortless and exhilarating in any season

It’s undeniable, Rosé is in vogue. It’s enjoying a renaissance following the White Zinfandel craze that swept North America in the 70’s. Today, Rosé is the queen bee. Rosé is your ever fashionable friend. It’s the timeless accessory you can turn to in any season. In the spring it’s like wearing peeptoe shoes on a warm day. In the summer, a breezy dress. In the fall it’s the perfect boots and in the winter, a cozy knit scarf.

 

Varietals

Rosés are the product of a myriad of varietals, some of the most common are: Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Cinsault.

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