Canadian bottle shops and restaurants to support this holiday season

What does "support local" mean to you? Is it a trite, modern trope you hide behind while sporting Italian leather shoes, munching a banana and carrying a smart phone in your back pocket?


If COVID has taught us anything, this "trope" rings truer more than ever - buying local props up our local economy. It could mean the difference between keeping doors open versus seeing them close.


While this list barely scratches the surface, it comes from my most trusted sources - wine industry pals with the best palates and ability to vet the cream of the crop.


Grab a bottle, order some takeout, or pick up a gift certificate - it all helps.


Ontario


Grape Crush

What: A restaurant turned bottle shop, focused on an affordable selection of natural wine. (actually though, like seriously affordable.)

Where: Toronto, 1166 Dundas West

Social/Web: @grapecrush.wine / https://www.grapecrush.wine/

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Tommy's Wine Bar

What: A community driven bottle shop/wine bar creating a list that's approachable, fun and humble.

Where: Toronto, 1977 Dundas West

Social/Web: @tommyswinebarto

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Wynona

What: A natural wine bar serving seasonally inspired dishes and fresh pastas. Home of the creators of one of the most insane dishes of squid ink pasta I've ever eaten.

Where: Toronto, 819 Gerrard Street East

Social/Web: @wynonatoronto / https://wynonatoronto.com/

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Le Conciliabule

What: A neo-cafe/bakery and wine shop serving only what they drink and enjoy themselves! Akin to stepping back in time to a rustic and charming gem in the rough in a remote French village.

Where: Toronto, 1300 Gerrard Street East

Social/Web: @le_conciliabule_to / https://www.leconciliabulleto.com/

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Photo: Contributed

British Columbia


Vin Van

What: A pop-up wine company run by two friends, neighbours and wine obsessives. Never pretentious, just laughs.

Where: Weekly wine bar at Dock Lunch in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Starting again in January from Wednesday to Friday. 152 11th Ave E

Social/Web: @vinvan.ca / https://www.vinvan.ca/

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Pompette

What: Pop ups in the sea to sky area featuring honest wines and delicious pairings. Amidst COVID, they have adapted to door step deliveries. Past offerings have included packs of dumplings paired with local bubbles.

Where: Vancouver, BC

Social/Web: @pompette.wine / pompette.wine

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Bells and Whistles

What: Top notch casual fare, wine, cocktails, and an award winning draft line up.

Where: 4497 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Social/Web: @bellsandwhistlesyvr / bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca

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Photo: Bells and Whistles


Manitoba


Ellement

What: Winnipeg's best wine shop, with the coolest selection around.

Where: Winnipeg, 106 - 1 Forks Market Road

Social/Web: @ellementwine / https://www.ellementwine.ca/


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Photo: Ellement


Deer and Almond

What: A project of chef Mandel Hitzer, Deer and Almond focuses on tapas style fare and has converted to curb side pickup.

Where: 85 Princess Street, Winnipeg

Social/Web: @deerandalmondywg / https://www.deerandalmond.com/crew

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Photo: Deer and Almond

Oxbow

What: A natural wine bar that's perfected hi-lo. High end natty paired with classics - pork schnitzel, cast iron chicken, and the like.

Where: 557 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

Social/Web: @oxbowwpg / https://www.oxbowwpg.ca/


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Photo: Oxbow

The Roost

What: Self described as a "couple kids making treats in a treehouse."

Where: 651 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg

Social/Web: @theroostwpg / https://theroostwpg.com/menu

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Photo: The Roost


Saskatchewan


Metro

What: A locally owned shop, boasting the largest selection of natural wine in Saskatchewan.

Where: Saskatoon and Regina

Social/Web: @metroliquorsask / https://metroliquorsk.com/

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