Sit at the bar for a wine flight, or get comfortable in the dining room for the big wine dinner. Sommelier Mark Moffatt pairs drinks perfectly with chef Michael Wilson’s regional cuisine, which includes the crush charcuterie board ($20) and a seafood tower with oysters, calamari and poached laughing bird shrimp cocktail ($30). (455 King St. W.; 416-977-1234)
Chef Fabio Bondi’s compact Parkdale restaurant and wine bar recently expanded into tiny Bar Salumi next door. It’s a true testament to the local love of authentic Italian food and a good glass of wine. Don’t miss the Ontario Berkshire pancetta, cured with Canadian maple syrup, smoked potato gnocchi or homemade pappardelle with chard. (1710 Queen St. W.; 416-534-6700)
Top Wine Bar in Halifax
In the ale-swilling sociable town of Halifax, where there’s a pub on every corner, wine bars were late to the party. But Obladee ticks all of the boxes—a good selection of wine by the glass, charcuterie platters and local cheeses, like the famous Dragon’s Breath Blue, Avonlea Coulthbound Cheddar and Le 1608. The best part? It’ll set you back only $15. (1600 Barrington St.; 902-405-4505)
Top Wine Bars in Calgary
Vin Room sets the bar high. There's a high-tech Enomatic wine system that keeps a seasonal range of more than 70 bottles fresh for up to two months and on offer by the taste, glass or bottle. Appies and most mains are all less than $20 a plate. Sign up for a free, smart card loyalty program that’ll keep a running tally of the wines you’ve tried, so you know what to order next time. (2310 4 St. SW; 403-457-5522)
Top Wine Bars in British Columbia
A great place to sit and drink in some local colour, no matter what city you’re in, is the local watering hole. These days, that means the wine bar. As our paradigms shift to a new economic reality, wine bars—with wines offered by the glass and sharable small plates—are affordable spots for an informal business meeting or an evening with friends.