Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Stores Mar 20, 2012 Private Wine Store Series: Cook St. Village Liquor SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe interior of Cook Street Village Liquor. Photo by Deanna LadretIn 2008, well-known Victoria wine pro Glenn Barlow opened the doors of his shop, Cook Street Village Liquor. Sister store to the Cadboro Bay shop BC Wineguys VQA Wine Store, Cook Street Village Liquor specializes in spec wines (not sold in Government Liquor Stores) and unusual beers and spirits from around the world, with an emphasis on “value wine under $30.” Glen Barlow, OwnerThe store has proved a labour of love for Barlow, who spent five years immersed in red-tape, jumping through hoops with developers before securing his discreet (not his first choice, he’d like to add) shop in the back corner of the new residential/commercial complex in the 200 block of Cook Street. Still, Barlow makes the most of his 700 square foot store, stocking over 1000 different wines, beers, and spirits. A veteran of the Vancouver Island food and beverage scene, Barlow has worked with a variety of high profile restaurants and industry professionals, developing wine programs and fostering community among his colleagues. If you don’t dine out often, you may not recognize many of the labels on offer at Cook St. Village Liquor. That’s because over 80% of their stock is unavailable at government stores, often sourced from agents of obscure international wines. Rather than grouping wines by region, the stock is laid out according to varietal, with exceptions for distinct regions of the world with telltale styles such as Italy, Spain and France. The wine stock is heavy on the reds (reflecting demand), though they do have a well-represented white selection, mainly chilled in the refrigerators. As well, the constantly-revolving beer lineup changes with the seasons to complement the tastes of the neighbourhood customers and the employee feedback from the weekly staff tastings. Rufus, resident dog.The staff is composed of several ISG Level 2s, CAMRA members, drink bloggers, home brewers, and ex-Okanagan “cellar rats”, as Barlow puts it. Simply put, the staff love the drink, and are always eager to offer recommendations. A monthly e-newsletter informs customers of any new or noteworthy products. Also, check out their blog for news, tasting notes, and other info. Name: Cook Street Village LiquorAddress: 230 Cook St. Village, VictoriaPhone: 250-995-2665Hours: 10am-9pm dailyWebsite: http://bcliquorguys.blogspot.comTwitter: @bcliquorguysEmail: email@example.comParking: street parking or pay lotDelivery: Free delivery for case orders; $10 fee for individual bottlesEmployees: 15Manager: Marcia KurbisWine Buyer/Consultant: Glenn Barlow & Marcia Kurbis# SKUS: 1000+, of which about 80% are specStore Focus/Specialty: Unusual, wholesale, international wines; value under $30Public Tastings: Not currentlyMembership/Loyalty program: NoNewsletter: Yes, via email (sign up in store). See also website blog. Beer & CiderstoresVictoriaWine 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.