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 Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.