The Ultimate Vancouver Wine Guide: Cheap-But-Cool Bottles for a Hipster Wedding
We asked a dozen-plus of the city's top sommeliers to share their picks with us for some very specific scenarios...including what to do if your friends are broke snobs.
January 24, 2019
Your hipster friends are getting married in a hall in East Van. The theme, as always, is Wes Anderson. And they’re both snobs and broke, and you’re in charge of choosing a red and a white for the reception. You must stay under $17 but not be a sellout.
Renacer Punto Final Malbec ($15) & Callia Alta Torrontes ($13)
Argentina is one of the better values out there.—Sebastian LeGoff, Cactus Club
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Alive ($18.49)
The only drinks I remember in Wes Anderson films were Campari and Caesars, but barring that, Summerhill Pyramid Winery Alive comes in both red and white and is vegan and organic. I’m slightly over budget at $18.49 a bottle, but I feel like Stephen Cipes (the very on-brand proprietor of the winery) could probably officiate the ceremony and we might be even.—Kelcia Jones, Chambar
Quinta do Ameal Vinho Verde ($17) & Rafael Cambra “Soplo” Garnacha ($16)
There is so much incredible value to be found in Portugal and Spain. Quinta do Ameal Vinho Verde is an exceptional white—very youthful, floral with citrus notes. Rafael Cambra “Soplo” Garnacha is bright with notes of red fruit, dusty earth and vibrant acidity.—Lisa Cook, Savio Volpe
Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet ($17) & Cusumano Nero d’Avola ($16)
I’m so old that I had to look up Wes Anderson. Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc region of France will wow the hipsters as a white, while Cusumano Nero d’Avola from Sicily will rock the red.—Mireille Suavé, Wine Umbrella