With New Year’s Eve coming fast, it’s time to put your eggnog days behind you and start thinking about a more refined, bubblier delight. Here, our guide to the city’s finest bottles of Prosecco, Sekt, Cava and Champagne – and the top-notch liquor shops that sell them.
Legacy Liquor Store
This new Millenium Village mega-store is the largest liquor shop in British Columbia, with 8600 square feet of thirst-quenching goodness. An onsite kitchen and free valet parking complete the package.
The buy: Head over on Thursday (December 30), from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., to sample Lallier Champagne, which will be offered alongside tapas prepared by the Canadian Culinary Federation’s junior team.
1633 Manitoba Street, 604-331-7900.
In both Surrey and the North Shore, these wine experts offer some of the finest reserve wines stocked in BC. Plus, they’ll deliver anywhere in the province on orders over $200.
The buy: Get silly with the Deinhard Sparkling Diamant, an off-dry German sparkler available in party-ready 200 mL aluminum bottle-cans.
988 Marine Dr., 604-929-7277; 112 15735 Croydon Drive, Surrey, 604-542-2480.
Kitsilano Village VQA
VQA shops sell BC’s best bubbles at the same prices you’d find at the wineries themselves. Hit Village VQA, near Granville Island, after stocking up at Vancouver’s best cheese shop, Les Amis du Fromage.
The buy: Drink local with a bottle of Summerhill Cipes Brut from one of BC’s top organic wineries .
1811 West First Ave., 604-732-8827.
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