Where: Bowen Island Beer and Wine Cellar, 103-996 Dorman Road, Bowen Island (604) 947-2729
When: Saturday June 9, 2012 1-5pm

Hard to believe we’ve been open in the new store for a whole year but here we are. Thanks to everyone on and off Bowen Island who have supported us in the new location. To celebrate our first Anniverary we are offering a complementary tasting of Oyster Bay Wines including both their sparkling wines.

Oyster Bay is the most popular  New Zealand wine in Canada.
Look forward to seeing you here.


P.S. From June 9 through June 30 we are offering a 5% discount on purchases of 6 bottles of wine. And of course you still get 10% on cases of 12+


Saturday May  19: 1-5pm


Bowen Island beer and Wine Cellar, 103-996 Dorman Road (under the Ruddy Potato)

Chenin Blanc is one of the under-appreciated white grapes. It can be made into stellar dry white table wines, delectable sweet wines and smashing sparklers. Its spiritual roots are in France’s Loire Valley where it has been grown for nearly a 1,000 years.

This tasting will focus on table wines suitable for a long and, hopefully, hot weekend on the patio or deck. Expect a line up of quality wines, including a couple of Chenin blends, from BC, France, California, and South Africa.  Working on adding a sparkling Chenin into the set as well.

Bowen Children’s Centre (BCC) is holding a wine tasting at Artisan Eats cafe Thursday May 3, 2012 from 7-9pm.

The event features a guided tasting by BC`s 8th Generation winery. A flight of 7 wines from their selection will be served along with cheeses provided by Artisan Eats.

8th Generation are one my favourite BC wineries so this is an event well worth attending. You will also be able to order the wines at winery price at the event and pick them up from us later.

We have a hugely expanded selection of beer in the new store. Here’s a ‘tip o’ the iceberg’ view of what’s in and coming down the pipe.
Arrived and in stock (single bottle format unless stated)
  • Fullers Vintage Ale 2011 (UK) – 4 left (may be able to get more). Cellarable: Reviews
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (CA) – great customer feedback on this. 4B packs
  • Dead Frog Citra IPA (BC) – reputedly the best of their single bottle beers
  • Rogue Mogul Madness winter ale (OR) – I tried this last weekend, excellent
  • Hopwork Abominable Winter Ale (OR)
  • Boundary Bay IPA (WA) – restocked again
  • Wychwood Brewery Bah Humbug Christmas Ale (UK)
  • Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Ale (UK)
  • North Coast Pranqster Belgian Golden Ale (CA). 4B packs
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale (CA). 6B packs
  • Mill Street Organic lager (ON). 6B packs
  • Mill Street Coffee Porter (ON). 6B packs
  • BC Craft Beer mixed packs (BC) – 12C packs with selection of beers from different breweries. 12B packs no longer available
  • Red Racer White Ale (BC) – 6C packs
  • Raftman ale (PQ) – brewed from whiskey malt!
Arrived Friday 16/12
  • Rogue Mocha Porter – restock
  • Deshutes Inversion IPA – restock
  • Boundary Bay Cabin Fever winter ale *NEW*
  • Anderson Valley Boont ESB – restock
Inbound (ETA 23/12)
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
UK Micro Beer (actual news!)
Here is what we have been allocated. Optimistic delivery date is 30/12, may slip back a week. Let me know how much to allocate to you. We are getting one case (12 bottles) of each except for ‘Death or Glory’ which we will receive 2 cases. All single bottles.
Moor Revival bitter (660ml)
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA (500ml)
Hawkshead Organic stout (500ml) *one case of 8 bottles only*
Durham Magus golden ale (500ml) 
Durham St. Cuthbert strong ale (500ml)
Tring Death or Glory barley wine (330ml)

From all of us at the Bowen Island Beer and Wine Cellar we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Holiday Hours

10am to 11pm every day except

December 24 Christmas EveOPEN 9am, close 7pm (after arrival of 6:30pm ferry ex Horseshoe Bay)

December 25 Christmas Day – CLOSED

December 26 Boxing Day – Open Noon, close 7pm

December 31 New Year’s EveYes, open until 11pm for last minute party top ups

January 1, 2012 New Year’s Day – Open Noon, close 7pm




Thursday 1 September is International Cabernet Day. Around the world, people will be opening up Cabernet based wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and blends with Cabernet grapes like Bordeaux) in celebration and comparing notes over different social media platforms.

We are going to open two Cabernet Sauvignons for an EVENING tasting starting at 5pm until late so drop in on the way home from work to join in the celebration. We’ll be live tweeting from the store with a screen up for you to see what the rest of the world is tasting too.

Cab 1 will be the best selling Cabernet in BC – J. Lohr 7 Hills from California

Cab 2 will be a new import from Chile from Vina Arboleda. This is a new winery owned by Eduardo Chadwick, the master winemaker behind the very well regarded Errazuriz winery.

Look forward to seeing you all



Please join us this #BowFEAST weekend to celebrate eating and drinking locally. This is our 4th annual BC wine fest featuring FREE samples of great BC wines. Wines will be poured over 3 days starting Friday at 2pm.

Tasting session times:

Friday 2pm-6pm

Saturday 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 1pm to 5pm

On Saturday shop the #BowFEAST Farmers market from 9am to Noon. Have a nice lunch in the Cove, then mosey up to our new store on Dorman Road under the Ruddy Potato and taste some great BC wines to go with your fresh, local food for dinner.

While we end formal tasting at 6pm, if we have wine left you are welcome to come in later and try what’s still open

Big line up this year with totally different wines each day:

Participating Wineries and wines. Tasting order is yet to be determined but over the 3 days we’ll be opening wines from among the following:

The View – Frizzante, Gewurztraminer, Pinotage

Quails Gate – Rosé, Chenin Blanc

Tinhorn Creek – Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay

Stoneboat – Pinotage, Pinot Gris

Ganton & Larsen Prospect winery – Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay

Lake Breeze – Pinot Blanc, Meritage

Dirty Laundry – Gewurztraminer, Merlot

Hester Creek – Cabernet/Merlot blend

Black Cloud – Pinot Noir

Tantalus – Riesling

8th Generation – Sauvignon Blanc

Blasted Church – Hatfields Fuse (white blend)

Fairview Cellars – 2 Hoots

Plus on Saturday ONLY – Red Roof Okanagan cider

Good craft beer is brewed in abundance these days, and not just in BC. One of the areas we have radically expanded in the new store is beer selection. Here’s a list of what we have to whet your appetite. Products are generally 650ml single bottles unless specified.

Bear Republic Brewing (Healdsburg, CA)

Hop Rod Rye (4 bottle pack)

Boundary Bay Brewing (Bellingham, WA)

Boundary Bay IPA, Scotch Ale

Cannery Brewing (Penticton, BC)

Apricot Wheat, Anarchist Amber, Blackberry Porter, Cannery Collection (6 can sampler pack)

Central City Brewing (Surrey, BC)

Red Racer IPA, Red Racer ESB (both 6 can packs)

Coopers Brewery (Australia)

Pale Ale, Sparkling Ale

Deschutes Brewery (Portland, OR)

Mirror Pond Pale (6 pack bottles)

Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, BC) 

White Bark Wheat, Farmhand, Fat Tug IPA, Driftwood Ale, Crooked Coast Amber

Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA)

West Coast IPA

Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC)

Devils Elbow IPA, Baldwin & Coopers Bitter, Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout, King Heffy Wheat, Rail Ale Brown (all 1L bottles), plus Howe Sound Lager (6 can packs)

Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC)

Riptide Pale Ale

Mt. Begbie Brewing (Revelstoke, BC)

Nasty Habit IPA, Attilla the Honey

Nelson Brewing (Nelson, BC) *Certified Organic*

After Dark Mild, Blackheart Stout, Paddywhack IPA, Wild Honey, Organic Ale

North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, CA)

Red Seal Ale (6 bottle packs)

Phillips Brewing (Victoria, BC)

Amnesiac Double IPA (650ml), Hop Circle IPA, Blue Buck (6 pack bottles)

R&B Brewing (Vancouver, BC)

East Side Bitter, Raven Cream Ale, Hoppelganger IPA

Steam Whistle Brewing (Toronto, ON)

Pilsner (6 & 12 pack bottles)

Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton, BC)

Peach Cream Ale

Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC)

Hophead IPA, Cutthroat Pale

Plus other imports from

Czechvar, Zywiec, Ayinger, Boddingtons, Sam Adams, Anchor Steam, Guinness, Fullers, Becks, Bards, Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch, Victoria, Holsten, Tuborg, DAB, Brooklyn, Sapporo, Asahi, Corona, Red Stripe, Pacifico, Heineken, Stella Artois, Negra Modelo, Warsteiner, Big Rock (formats vary but generally 6/12 packs of bottles or cans)

It’s time to celebrate. We’ve been open in the new premises since June 8 and worked out the kinks (we hope!) so time to raise a glass to welcome you to our new store. On Canada Day (July , 2011), we cordially invite you to drop in and be our guest at a wine and cheese tasting between 1-5pm. 

The new store is light, airy and spacious and we”ve had fantastic feedback on it from customers so far. If you have not been in please take the opportunity to take a peek at Bowen’s new retail experience.

Our featured winery for the tasting  is the Neck of the Woods. This is an local winery based in Langley, BC. Their wines are made from grapes grown in the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan. On deck will be their Blanc de Noir sparkling which has just won a Silver medal at the 2011 NW Wine Summit – Pacific Rim Wine Competition and a selection of their red wines.

There will be a selection of cheeses to taste alongside the wines and, of course, Canada Day cookies.

At 5pm we will draw the winners for the Grand Prize Granville Island Experience competition (see here for details)  plus some other surprise prizes.

We will be opening at at 10am on Friday, and everyday for July & August, with regular close at 11pm.

On behalf of Scott, Paul, David, Cordell and Maureen we look forward to seeing you on Friday.

As part of our new store launch we have a neat staycati0n package as the Grand Prize to be drawn Canada Day at 5pm.

Also we have surprise extra (and unadvertised) runner-up prizes.
  • Coleman Portable BBQ courtesy of Labatt
  • Gift Certificate for one night at Tinhorn Creek winery in Oliver, BC
  • 2 sets of Riedel stemless Vinum glassware
Entry is free (no purchase necessary). Entry forms can be picked up from our store and from other participating Bowen retailers or just clip the coupon in the Undercurrent from June 24 or June 30. To enter post the entry form into the big drop box in our store.
Limit 5 entries per person please. Entries must be in drop box by 4:30pm Friday July 1, 2011 to qualify for the 5pm draw.
Thanks to all our prize sponsors, please visit their websites for more information on their services and products.

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