Must Have Bubbles

Must Have Bubbles

It could be argued that Champagne is one of the most likable drinks in the wine family. Just looked at Dom Perignon – everyone from the Benedictine monks to Jay Z and 50 Cent has romanced its virtues. But even if religion and hip-hop isn’t really your thing, there are still a number of Champagnes and bubbles out there that you can enjoy this holiday season. Here’s a list of Vine Styles’ top picks: The Best Deals. Bubbles in the 20s Agusti Torello Cava ($22.70) Made in a dryer style than Prosecco, the Torello Cava is smooth and a good accompaniment for almost any occasion. Pro Frizzante Prosecco ($24.20) This holiday, if you’re after Prosecco then you have to make it Tomasella. With fresh green apple and pineapple in the glass, this is the perfect one to enjoy with some cold Hawaiian pizza on January 1st. Tomasella Ose ($25.20) This is another lovely choice. This Rosé Spumante has a touch of sweetness and a good raspberry bouquet. We think this is what you’d call ‘La Dolce Vita’. Domaine de Baud Brut Sauvage Cremant de Jura ($29.95) Hailing from a lesser-known region of France, the Jura might be mistaken for classic brut Champagne in a blind tasting. It’s just remarkable for the price. Middle Weight Contenders. Bubbles from 40 to 60ish Graham Beck Cap Classique Blanc de Blanc (33.20) For those of you who are new to South African bubbles, Graham Beck makes some pretty impressive stuff. In fact, this was the label that Obama used to toast his first night as President of the United States. These bubbles might...
What’s A Wine Survival Kit?

What’s A Wine Survival Kit?

Being without wine during the holidays is like being without a jacket on the ski hill – meaning it’s downright crazy. To help you prepare for whatever comes your way this December we’ve put together a wine pack of 6 to 12 wines that will serve you well for hosting, gifting or just kicking back for an evening. Here’s just a few of the wines you might find in your pack: Bubbly: Nino Franco, Rustico Prosecco Everyone need bubbles during the holidays. This is just a no brainer. Crisp: Feudi Di San Gregorio Falanghina For the white wine drinkers in your life, surprise them with a bottle made from a rare Italian varietal that goes oh so well with seafood and venting about weird family members. Elegant: Albert Ponnelle, Reserve De La Chevre Noire, Pinot Noir A red that pairs with everything being served. Smooth: Enamore One to be enjoyed after a long day of Christmas decorating or something to curl up with on a chilly winter evening. Bold: Camaraderie Cellars, Merlot A thoughtful gift or something to treat yourself to before the 25th. Bold: Xanadu, Next of Kin, Cabernet Sauvignon Something to break out when you’re ready to celebrate with company.  Regular Price $159   Special Price $139 Call reserve your holiday survival kit today....

Unique Gifts For Christmas

One of the biggest challenges with Christmas is finding gifts that suit each person on your list. If you’re faced with shopping for ten different personalities this year, here are some great gift ideas that are not only thoughtful but totally unique. Everyone will think you’ve been shopping since July when they unwrap these gifts. Your Dad For the guy who has everything, a nice bottle of whiskey or scotch is sure to hit the spot. This year you can also surprise him with High West’s signature barrel aged Manhattan that comes pre-mixed with Vermouth. Your New Mother-in-Law For the woman you want to impress the most this year, make it a custom gift basket with her favourite wine and a few thoughtful accessories. This is sure to get you brownie points. Your Brother  Siblings are a wonderful thing. They’ve seen you through your best, your worst and probably have more dirt on you than most of your friends. That’s why you should be nice to them. Craft beer is a great way to show that you care. Your Significant Other Whether you’re spending your first or your fiftieth Christmas together, there’s always a bottle that will make you think about that spectacular trip, your first date or another special moment that involved a nice bottle of wine. Contact Vine Styles to order any of these unique gifts or to create your own custom package and ask about our gift wrapping service. To sweeten the deal, we’re also giving customers $20 gift vouchers (redeemable January 1st) with purchases over $200 (before GST)....
A Wish List To Make The Holidays Easier

A Wish List To Make The Holidays Easier

Many of us have come to associate the holidays with frantic trips to the mall, mile-long to-do lists and a non-stop events. But this year, don’t lose sleep thinking about presents, turkeys or relatives; because we’ve had the Vine Styles elves create a customer wish list to help you out. Christmas should be a time to celebrate with good food and people you care about so leave the gift-wrapping and holiday tips to us. Here’s 6 things we knew would be on your wish list. 1. Additional Store Hours Because everyone has a million things on the go, we’re now open in Design District on Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. Wine shopping on Sundays will be so much more relaxing than having to elbow your way through the Chinook Centre. 2. Unique Presents This is for all you shoppers out there who have 10 different personalities to shop for this year. Here’s just a few suggestions for you: – Top shelf Scotch for dads who have everything – Stylish wine baskets to impress your new mother-in-law – Craft beers to let your brother know that you really care – Hard to find labels for the wine, craft beer and spirits enthusiasts in your life. To get inspired visit our blog here or contact us to create your own personalized gift. To sweeten your shopping experience, all purchases over $200 (before tax) come with a $20 gift voucher  (redeemable January 1, 2015) 3. Holiday Survival Packs To make your life easier, we’ve prepared the ultimate holiday survival pack that includes 6 to 12 wines to help you with any holiday occasion. – Wines for turkey, stuffing and dessert – Whites for hard to please guests –  Exclusives to share...

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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