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GRAPE ESCAPE

GRAPE ESCAPE

Cheers: Vancouver Urban Winery gets tapped in Railtown.

VUW

The first thing you notice when walking into the former Mexican stone warehouse at Vancouver Urban Winery (pictured) is the scale. It’s big:

Thirty-foot ceilings, oak casks on 100 feet of racks, giant stainless steel vats, a seven-foot wide fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling stone-carved mantle and a 24-foot-long bar handmade from reclaimed fir that’s equipped with 36 taps offering a continuously rotating selection of wines. (Wine on tap means no oxidation or corking, meaning wine that tastes exactly as it should.)

Although the space is open for tastings and sipping every day with individual pours and flights, we love Thursday and Friday nights when they feature a pairing of local bites (think: cured meats from Two Rivers, cheeses from Poplar Grove, locally made artisanal preserves, etc.) with local and international wines. The menu is announced on Twitter and Facebook every Wednesday, with the cost ranging between $17 and $25 for five bites married with five wines.

You’ll want to tap that.

VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY
55 Dunlevy St.
www.vancouverurbanwinery.com