The Friday before Labour Day weekend my fantastic boss dismissed the minions a couple of hours early so we could get a head start on our weekend. Most of us were staying in the city after work for other engagements, and I had a few hours to kill before taking the train out to Mission, so we decided to kick of the weekend with drinks in the neighbourhood.
I’m not going to lie, I work in a bit of a rough part of the city. Just a few blocks away is Oppenheimer Park, the Union Gospel Mission, and a number of slum hotels. It can get you down sometimes. However, Railtown is jam packed with architects, designers, textiles, Hootsuite’s headquarters, and fairly recently the Vancouver Urban Winery. Who knew that there was a winery two blocks from my office?
Anyway, we logged off and locked the doors and made the short trek to do some wine tasting. Having a winery down the block changes everything for us. It means we can do Friday drinks without planning in advance, and we can pick up bottles of wine on our lunch hours. Needless to say, we were excited to check it out.
The Vancouver Urban Winery is unique to Vancouver, and features British Columbia wines and the ever growing trend of wine-on-tap. With over 7,000 sq. ft. it boasts a tasting bar, a wine shop (full of gourmet goodies, too) and the space is lined with barrels and stainless steel kegs of… wine! The website offers the following:
“The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including Roaring Twenties Wine Co. The operations of FreshTAP, which specialize in packaging quality wines in stainless steel kegs for the emerging wine-on-tap category also takes place within the Vancouver Urban Winery.
As an urban winery the business is not attached to a specific vineyard. This enables the winery to source wine grapes and finished product from any appellation in the world.”
Before diving into any one bottle of wine, we decided to do the $10 tasting which consist of 5 different wines. It was a lovely summer afternoon, and I went for the Fresh Is Best tasting which consisted of: Roaring Twenties Sauvignon Blanc, Clos Du Soleil Sauvignon Blanc, Clean Slate White Slate, Rollingdale White Light, and Nichol Vineyards Pinot Gris. There are other packages as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure option. I only stayed for the tasting before it was time to make the trek to the train, but my coworkers carried on without me for some time.
Check out their website here!