OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Vancouver Urban Winery And Belgard Kitchen Hiring For FOH

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

The Settlement Building is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | settlementbuilding.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery and Belgard Kitchen are looking for some great people to join the growing team at The Settlement Building in Railtown. We’re looking for outgoing, passionate and hard working front of house team members including management, hostesses, part-time servers and support staff. We are specifically looking for a full/part-time evening manager, a weekend brunch manager, full/part-time hostesses & bussers/expos, and a part-time server. Please email your resumes to info [at] settlementbuilding.com. Read more

DINER | “The Settlement” In Railtown Set For Postmark Brewing & Belgard Kitchen

by Andrew Morrison | 55 Dunlevy St. has seen a lot since the Vancouver Urban Winery took it over a couple of years ago. The old railtown address, all 7,700 sqft of it, is home to not only VUW – with its own Roaring Twenties Wine label, retail shop, and 36 tap wine lounge open to the public – but also FreshTAP, the company that brings BC wine to Vancouver’s forward-thinking restaurants serving the stuff on tap. It can be a little confusing with so much going on under one roof, so they’ve gone ahead and rebranded the whole building, sort of as an umbrella moniker. As of this afternoon, it’s called The Settlement Building. The rebrand is just as well, as the place will soon shelter two new companies.

The first of these is a 65 seat eatery called Belgard Kitchen. It’ll offer day/night service, low and cozy hideaway booths, and bar height tables. Overseeing the food program is 19 year Earls veteran, Reuben Major. Together with chef de cuisine Jason Masuch (ex-Brix) and sous chef Mark Reder (ex-Fish Shack), Major plans on serving shareable small plates in the evening (eg. Swiss cheese fondue, bacon mushroom pate) and a larger lunch program that will see sandwiches, chile, soups, salads, slaws, a house special ramen, and a daily crockpot. I looked in on construction yesterday and they were just about to start installing the bulk of their kitchen equipment.

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What’s in a name? I had to consult a 20 volume version of the OED to find the answer. It turns out that a belgard came to English (the poets, natch) from the Italian in the 16th century or so, and it means “a kind and loving look.” ”The team felt the meaning captured what they’re all about and what guests through the doors can expect,” The Settlement’s PR person, Kate MacDougall, explained. “It’s their everyday disposition – made easier, I’m sure, surrounded by wine – and their service style.”

Opening Day for Belgard Kitchen is set for the middle of April.

The second new company in The Settlement Building is a microbrewery called Postmark Brewing. It’s being led by managing director Nate Rayment, formerly of Howe Sound Brewing, while the “brew chief” is none other than polymath Craig Noble, who made the engrossing 2007 Tableland documentary (also the brother of JoieFarm‘s Heidi Noble).

Postmark will produce four sessionable beers that will be available for growler purchase/refill, on tap (one presumes) 20 feet away at Belgard Kitchen, and in local beer-loving restaurants around town. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be drinking their first beers in June.

The one catch to it all is that FreshTAP is moving out to make room for Postmark, which matters not to the public because it never provided any on-site services to the end consumer. In the grand scheme of things, however, it’s worth noting that the little company with the big idea of selling local wine in steel kegs to local eateries has already outgrown its nursery (slow clap all around). They’re looking at options for a new and scaleable space as we speak. Good luck, and well done indeed.

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GOODS | Sommelier Cage Fight Pitting Wine Against Wine At “Vancouver Urban Winery”

March 28, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | Two Sommeliers enter the ring, but only one exits with their ego intact. Equal parts ‘Bloodsport’ and ‘Sideways,’ this seminar sees instructors David Stansfield and Lisa Cook pitting their favourite wines against each other in a vicious cage fight for wine geek supremacy from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday, March 30th. You act as the judge and jury over five rounds of tasting in this epic rematch, and you can expect flights of wine served blind alongside tips and tricks on reading labels and understanding aromas and flavours. It’s perfect for novices and enthusiasts alike. Tickets are $40 + GST. Purchase through Vancouver Urban Winery or phone 604.566.9463 to book. Read more

GOODS | Pay A Thirsty Visit To France At Vancouver Urban Winery’s “Sunday School”

February 12, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | With the France-focused, Vancouver International Wine Festival kicking-off at the end of the month, the team behind Vancouver Urban Winery’s popular Sunday School wine seminar series are announcing their February 16th prep-class: #302 – France vs. the New World. Hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, guests to the February 16thSunday School class can expect to have their palate honed and mind armed with enough knowledge to cruise the International Festival Tasting room with swagger. Expect flights of wine, served blind alongside tips and tricks on reading labels and understanding aromas and flavors. Perfect for novices and enthusiasts alike. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Vancouver Urban Winery” One Of Few To Receive City’s New Lounge Licence

February 1, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery has just joined a select group of peer manufacturing facilities in Vancouver to be awarded the new government-appointed Lounge Endorsement License. Unanimously approved by city council in 2013, this new zoning law permits authorized craft manufacturers to operate a small consumption area within their venue whereby they may sell and serve beverages produced onsite without restriction to sample sized quantities.

“This is a game-changer for Vancouver Urban Winery,” says co-owner Steve Thorp. “We have a beautiful lounge within the facility, and we’re excited to now couple our tasting program with a wine menu that allows guests the option to uncork a bottle by the fireplace or share a few 5-ounce glasses at the bar.”

Vancouver Urban Winery guests will now have by-the-glass access to the 36 wine taps that line the 24-foot custom crafted Douglas fir tasting bar, as well as bottles of Vancouver Urban Winery’s “Colab Series” currently featuring Road 13 chardonnay, Bench 1775 pinot noir and Backyard Vineyards sparkling wine. You can learn more about the Railtown company and its wines after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Thirsty For Knowledge? Slake It At Vancouver Urban Winery’s “Sunday School”

January 16, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery’s popular Sunday School wine seminar series is back with an expanded curriculum and a keen team of instructors. Hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, Sunday School demystifies wine in an interactive, laid back environment. Each seminar features multiple flights of wine served blind and structured around a theme. Class content will range from understanding wine terminology and evaluating aromas and flavours to assessing perfect food pairings and gauging value. It’s perfect for novices and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “The Cooper” Wine Dispenser Is Now Available At Vancouver Urban Winery

January 8, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC |Why not bring wine on tap to your home, office, patio or lounge? This quick and easy Portable Wine-On-Tap barrel unit, aka “The Cooper”, holds the equivalent of 52 bottles of wine and our stainless steel wine kegs and tap system keeps it smarter, fresher, and friendlier. It’s now available at the Vancouver Urban Winery. Call 604-966-9463 or email info [at] freshtap.com for more info. Read more

GOODS | New “Colab Series” With Road 13 & Bench 1775 At Vancouver Urban Winery

December 2, 2013 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC |Just in time for the Holiday season, Vancouver Urban Winery has launched the first edition of their “Colab Series” featuring 2012 chardonnay with Road 13 and 2012 pinot noir with Bench 1775. The ribbon-adorned gift pack is perfect for friends, as a hostess gift, for Secret Santa exchanges or stylish party potables. Coming in at a cool $45 for the set (or $24 each), the limited edition package is available at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Retail Shop at 55 Dunlevy Avenue until December 31st (or while supplies last). Best part? Try before you buy: step up to the stainless steel taps and have the sommelier pour you a taste of each. Get the tasting notes and details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Thirsty For Knowledge? Sunday School Returns To Vancouver Urban Winery

August 19, 2013 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC |Vancouver Urban Winery is excited to announce the return of Sunday School, a series of informal and irreverent wine seminars hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook. The first session was a runaway success with each course selling out. The second session – the #200 Series – picks up where the first left off. It consists of three interactive and inexpensive seminars geared towards wine lovers of all levels. Class is in session August 25 and runs every second Sunday evening until September 22.

The goal of Sunday School is to demystify wine by presenting it without pretense in a fun, interactive environment. “Wine scares people,” states Stansfield. “It’s like the bogeyman in a bottle. That’s silly. It’s just booze. We’re here to dispel that fear, through drinking. I suppose that makes us the Ghostbusters of wine.”

“Even after our first series of classes,” adds Cook, “I still get a lot of freaked out texts from friends who are lost in the liquor store bewildered by rows and rows of unfamiliar labels. Obviously there’s still work to be done; hence the second series.”

Stansfield and Cook are both fixtures in the Vancouver wine scene. Stansfield works as the in-house Sommelier for Vancouver Urban Winery, as the Corporate Sommelier for the Daniel Hospitality Group which includes the Tap & Barrel, and as a consultant for east side restaurants Bestie and Cuchillo, while Cook is the Cellar Manager for the award-winning Joey Wine Room. Despite their professional experience in wine, their courses are not meant to produce the next batch of Sommeliers, but savvier wine consumers.

Each seminar features multiple flights of wines corresponding to a set theme. The first in the second series – #201: Better Know A Country: France – takes on the mother country for all things wine, the gauntlet through which all wine lovers must pass, France. The second – #202: BC vs. the World (the Rematch) – sees the return of the first series’ most popular seminar. This interactive, blind tasting pits BC’s best versus a line-up of international heavyweights. BC came out on top last time, but this time they’re in tough. Forget Rocky II, this is the true rematch of the century. The final course – #203: He Said/She Said: the Sommelier Smackdown – sees Dave and Lisa pit their favourite wines against each other in a vicious cage fight for wine geek supremacy. Two Sommeliers enter the cage. Only one exits with their ego intact. Tickets can be purchased individually or at a discounted price for the whole course… Read more

HEADS UP: Restaurant Industry’s “Food Fight” For Chef Owen Lightly Has Sold Out!

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Thanks to an incredible response from the local service industry (and notably beyond), tickets to the May 19th fundraiser for Butter On The Endive chef Owen Lightly at Vancouver Urban Winery have now sold out. We’ve been told that no tickets will be issued at the door. Owen – a highly respected and well liked member of BC’s restaurant community – was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. All the funds raised at the event will help him and his partner Naomi in their fight against the disease.

NB. If you weren’t able to purchase a ticket in time it is still possible to donate.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Vancouver Urban Winery Is Looking For A Staff Accountant

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery is looking for an energetic, organized and passionate individual to fill the role of staff accountant. This position is available only for candidates with full cycle accounting experience. The Winery is a dynamic, exciting, and fast-pace environment with a growing team. As staff accountant, you will be an important asset to the success of the business. Entrepreneurial attitude and ability to enjoy a glass of wine are also key personality traits. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Vancouver Urban Winery Set For Special Night Of Live Jazz, Food And Wine

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery and Two Chefs and a Table present our Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties Dinner on Saturday May 11th. Tickets are $75, include a three course meal, wine and cocktails. Dinner is at 8pm with the lounge open at 9pm. The lounge will be open to the public for those who just want to come and enjoy the tasting bar and live jazz by Cory Weeds. Dressing up is encouraged! Tickets available at VUW or via Eventbrite. Menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “House Wine” To Host Special Tasting With Alberto Antonini On June 3rd

April 29, 2013 

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House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard | housewine.ca

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Vancouver, BC | We can’t tell you how excited we are to have the privilege to put on a tasting with the highly respected Alberto Antonini. Between managing his own winery (Poggiotondo in Tuscany), partnering on numerous projects and lending his expertise to 50+ wineries as a winemaker and viticulturist, Alberto is a busy man.

Join us for an evening of great conversation with Alberto. The night will start with an intimate sit down discussion where Mr. Antonini will share his experiences working around the globe in his quest to craft wines that express a sense of place. Bringing it all the way to our own backyard, he will reveal his vision for our terroir in British Columbia. Alberto has been working with Okanagan Crush Pad in the Okanagan as a consulting winemaker and viticulturist since 2010.

The discussion will be followed by a walk about tasting where you will get a chance to try wines from Australia, Italy, Argentina and BC that Alberto has either made or consulted on. Read more

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