Anytime is a good time for bubbles – indeed the sparkling personality of a good vintage is the best way to celebrate life. But until recently, one couldn’t just enjoy a glass of their favourite wine. Enter Provence Marinaside and TWB-The Wine Bar.
That’s right. Starting this month, these Yaletown establishments will be serving the likes of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label (France), La Marca Prosecco (Italy), Mas Fi Cava (Spain), LINI 910 ‘Lambrusca’ Lambrusco Rosso (Italy), Benjamin Bridge Method Traditional Brut (Nova Scotia) Zanatta ‘Fantasia’ Brut (Cowichan Valley BC) Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 (France) by the glass. Just to name a few.
Over 24 brands of sparkling wines and champagnes will be available by the glass thanks to the revolutionary Le Verre de Vin preservation system. Respected leaders in sparkling wine confirmed that the Verre de Vin technology correctly preserves sparkling wine by replacing Co2 in the neck of the bottle. Scientifically this machine is ultimately tricking the wine by keeping the same Co2 pressure as before the bottle was opened. This allows a sparkling wine to retain its flavor and effervescence up to 21 days after the bottle has opened.
By-the-glass prices range from a very affordable $8 (Montelvini Prosecco, Italy) and $10 (Mas Fi Cava, Spain) right up to $105 (Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon 2006, France) or splurge on the Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 for $110. “While $110 for a glass may seem like a lot, it allows people who could never afford, or want, to purchase an entire bottle to indulge in a truly excellent glass of champagne,” says Provence Marinaside’s Wine Director, Joshua Carlson.
In addition to bringing in the Le Verre de Vin system, Chef/owner Jean-Francis Quaglia has invested in some very serious stemware. Four different types of glasses will be used depending on the wine being poured. “We use a traditional flute for some of the wines such as the proseccos and cavas while wines like the Lambrusco are best served in a white wine glass. We have brought in the very special Richard Juhlin Optimum by Italesse to serve most of the champagnes. While some like the Lanson Extra Age Brut Blanc de Blancs will be served in a Burgundy glass. These bigger champagnes open up better in the Burgundy glass – it’s not just about the bubbles,” states Carlson.
“Most major cities have champagne bars,” says Chef Jean-Francis. “We believe that with this new program, we’ll have the largest selection of sparkling wines in the city. Bubbles turn any occasion, whether meeting friends after work or dropping by after the game, into a mini-celebration. They’re also very food friendly and go with everything from oysters to popcorn.”
Exclusive to TWB-The Wine Bar, and not offered at Provence, are Sparkling Saturdays where it’s 25 percent off bubbles. Can’t make it Saturday? Drop by for Manic Mondays where you can choose any one of TWB’s seven Daily Deals including the one for Sparkling Saturday.
Whether you are in a celebratory mood, need a pick-me-up, or looking to unwind after work, Provence Marinaside and TWB-The Wine Bar have you covered with their new Sparkling Wine Program.