Written By Guest Writer First Look / Libations / Wine Stores Jan 28, 2016 A New Liquor Store Opens at the Junction. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNestled in the corner of Oak Bay Junction, we find the newly opened Vessel liquor store, bringing vibrancy to what was once a lackluster plaza. Warm lights strung across the parking lot and a hot white sign flashing deals at drivers make it hard not to be sucked in. With a focus on the best global and local, craft beverages and a desire for excellence, Vessel is more than a liquor store – it’s a whole little world (a vessel, have you) of folks who really love good drinks and want nothing more than to share their wealth of knowledge and products with whomever may wander in their doors.Vessel is a liquor store providing a service to all palates. For those in search of Lucky or the like, you will not be disappointed. For those in search of some of the best wines, beers, and spirits in the city, you will be delighted. If you are unsure of what it is that you are looking for, their well-educated staff is eager to lend a hand. You can sense the passion with every team member you speak with, all of whom have formal training through WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust). The crew is lead by an all-star management committee that has some serious merits under their belts as well.With all those brains at work, education is the second focus of Vessel, and the thing that really sets them apart from all other liquor stores in the city. Sharon McLean (one of the biggest names in Canadian wine educators and an EAT wine writer) is the Education Director, bringing her extensive knowledge and experience to the Cru’s Nest – the custom classroom that Vessel and Cru Consultancy have integrated above the store. The Cru’s Nest is a place not only for Vessel, but also for the entire community, really. With a line-up of rotating specialty classes through the store, WSET training through Cru Consultancy, and trade-only training, it will be brimming with activity almost every day of the week.Other goodies to entice you include the tasting bar and case program. Every day, all day the tasting bar is set-up, ready to tempt you with a variety of treats. The case program is great for those who would like to stock their cellars, or even just the bar. Every month 12 different beverages are included in the case program, everything from beer to obscure spirits. You can mix and match any 12 or get 12 of the same thing, with 10% off the entire purchase.And finally: the organization! Oh, the organization is enough to have me going on to everyone I meet. Everything is meticulously arranged in a rainbow of areas and flavours – it’s every neat freaks dream. Each beverage is separated into region, and then further by style, and finally laid out like the best book you’ll ever read, with the lightest options on the left leading to the stronger choices as the shelf goes on.– By Laura PetersonVessel Liquor Store1609 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8R 1H8778-265-8375Monday – Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00pmwww.vesselliquor.com SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like First Look / Vancouver March 15, 2017 New Openings in Vancouver We have had a handful of bright sunny days so far; that we keep hoping are signaling the end of winter and the coming of spring, but it hasn’t ... Read More First Look / Victoria March 8, 2017 First Look: Farm and Field Butchers Rebecca Teskey opened Farm and Field Butchers in December 2016 so she could use both her passion for cooking and lessons learned in a ... Read More First Look / Victoria February 2, 2017 FIRST LOOK: The Empress Hotel’s Q Restaurant The Empress is one of Canada’s grande dames, the westernmost of the railway palaces that include Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac and Alberta’s ... Read More First Look / Victoria January 9, 2017 Deliverance: Getting the food you want without venturing beyond your front door. OK, sure, soups and stews are great, but at this point can we just be honest and say they’re getting a bit old? When the first whispers of winter ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Vancouver January 2, 2017 Vancouver Buzz: January | February 2017 Living in Vancouver at this time of year you can’t avoid the rain (or snow), unless you stay inside all the time but then you miss so much! A ... Read More First Look / Restaurants January 2, 2017 Up Island Buzz: January | February 2017 A new year, and a change of season; make the most of the recent culinary additions on the Island, and take in a couple of premier events while ... Read More Comments are closed.