Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Stores Mar 27, 2012 Private Wine Store Series: Cascadia Liquor Stores SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestInterior of Quadra Village location. Photos by Deanna LadretIt may as well be called ‘Candyland for Liquor Lovers’. For those who excitedly anticipate a trip to the wine and beer shop, who relish wandering the aisles for that special something to add to the collection or the perfect accompaniment for that night’s party, Cascadia Liquor Stores are the place to go. British Columbia ginsWith over 3000 different products between their Quadra Village and Colwood locations, Cascadia is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth (watch your wallet, though, as it may become parched if you linger too long). Smartly merchandised aisles lit with oversized midcentury light fixtures at the Quadra St location are lined with gleaming bottles of obscure, unique, and high quality libations of all colours and flavours. Top it off with competitive prices and helpful staff, and browsing a liquor mercantile has never been more fun. Recently, the Colwood location has been newly renovated and is worth checking out. Regional Manager and International Sommelier Guild graduate Pamela Sanderson is always on the lookout for new and exciting products, proudly brokering deals from wholesalers and small wineries with limited stock. Her store managers contribute a great deal to the beverage program, hosting weekly public tastings and writing about their latest favourites in Cascadia Liquor’s e-newsletter. Regular staff tastings, company-subsidized wine certification courses and opportunities to attend trade shows keep the employees well versed and eager to offer tips and suggestions. Bryan Paler, Sommelier & Manager of Quadra Village store.Some unusual standout items at the Quadra Street location that caught my eye included Blue Grouse Black Muscat (Vancouver Island), Hungarian Zwack, Elysian Brewing Co. Avatar Jasmine IPA (Seattle), Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka (Pemberton BC, Double Gold and Spirit of the Year winner at the 2010 World Spirits Award in Belgium), and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth. Also coming soon: the hotly anticipated Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. Name: Cascadia Liquor StoresAddress & Phone: Quadra Village4-2631 Quadra Street(250) 590-1940 Colwood107-2244 Sooke Road(250) 478-1303Hours: Quadra Village 10am-9pm daily, Colwood 10am-11pm dailyWebsite: www.cascadialiquor.comTwitter: @cascadiaLIQParking: yesDelivery: noEmployees: 30 in total, between both storesManager: Bryan Paler (Quadra), Cathy Carlson (Colwood)Wine Buyer/Consultant: Regional Manager Pamela Sanderson# SKUS: 3000+Store Focus/Specialty: Vancouver Island producers, unique beer, hard-to-find spirits.Public Tastings: every Thursday at both locations, as well as most Fridays and Saturdays at the Colwood store.Membership/Loyalty program: NoNewsletter: Yes, via email (sign up online).LibationsshopsWine 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 Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.