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/

Photo: contributed

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

Photo: contributed

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/

Photo: contributed

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/

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/

Photo: contributed


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

Photo: contributed


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

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/


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

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/


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

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/

Photo: Contributed

Primal Pasta

What: A restaurant widely lauded as the biggest supporter of natural wine in the city. Bonus: they have natural wine gift baskets for Christmas.

Where: 423 20th Street W, Saskatoon

Where: /Web: @primal_pasta / primalpasta.ca

Photo: Primal Pasta


Homestead Bar a Vin

What: Known to locals as Regina's "natural wine bar with dope food".

Where: 338C University Park Dr, Regina

Social/Web: @homesteadbaryqr / https://www.naturalwinecanada.com/

Photo: Homestead Bar a Vin

Alberta


Von der Fels

What: A selection of both natural and conventional wines, in a tiny 24 seat restaurant.

Where: 1005A 1st Street SW

Social/Web: @barvonderfels / http://www.barvonderfels.com/


Photo: Contributed

Metrovino

What: The OG of wine boutiques in Calgary. Head to Metrovino for in depth intel on French wine and sherry - it's likely one of the most expertly curated wine stores in the entire country.

Where: 722 11 Ave SW, Calgary

Social/Web: @metrovino / https://www.metrovino.com/

Photo: Metrovino

Our Daily Brett

What: Our Daily Brett is the kind of place that sets trends - like back in 2010, when I was living in Calgary, and they were making kale chips before it was cool. The food is always exquisite, chic, and delicious.

Where: 2509 14th Street SW, Calgary

Social/Web: @ourdailybrett / https://www.ourdailybrett.com/

Photo: Our Daily Brett

Color de Vino

What: A family owned and operated wine and spirits boutique.

Where: 9606 82 Ave Nw, Edmonton

Social/Web: colordevino_yeg / https://colordevino.ca/

Photo: Color de Vino



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