What do you do on a rainy, grey and overcast Sunday afternoon in Vancouver? Go to Sunday School, of course. But before you think churches, prayers, communion etc this is Sunday School with a difference, this Sunday School is tucked away on Dunlevy Avenue behind a set of huge wooden doors and is held in Vancouver’s Urban Winery.
Walk in through the entrance and you are transported into a beer and wine lovers paradise. The only body this Sunday School teaches about is the full body of the wine you’re drinking and the only prayers you’re likely to say are the following morning if you drank a bit too much (that might have been me this morning waking up with a rather sore head, oops).
The class is run by Dave and Lisa who do an amazing job and make it so accessible to everyone. Forget pretentious wine descriptions and spit buckets, this wine tasting is full of drinking great wine, having a laugh, making friends and learning about the wonderful selection of wines they have chosen.
Dave and Lisa are both young, fun-loving wine and beer enthusiasts who welcome everyone with open arms. They not only teach you how to look for a good wine, how to taste wine properly (minus the spit bucket) and how to assess what makes a great wine, but also how it’s made and where it comes from. They love sharing their knowledge and they do it in a way that doesn’t leave you completely baffled.
This Sunday School is perfect for any occasion, whether as a solo attendee like me or as a group. The Sunday School even boasts successfully matchmaking a couple who are still going strong several years after meeting over their first glass of wine.
The whole class is done in such a lighthearted and fun way, and I would highly recommend doing it if you love great wine. At $45 per person it’s not the cheapest thing you’ll do in Vancouver but it is certainly one of the best, and will be one of the most fun and entertaining evenings you will ever have. As each week offers a different theme it’s easy to go back time and time again, I know I will be going back again soon.
Sunday School #601
Last night was a special Sunday School for the Urban Winery as it was the 601st Sunday School, despite what the feature image paper says. The theme for the evening was BC vs the rest of the world (only the 6th time they have done it)! What a great theme and how apt for helping me get to know Canada better.
We had a great selection of wines, none of which would break the bank and all of them available at the local liquor store (except for one which Dave managed to sweet talk the wine maker for especially for the Sunday School). Add to that the great job Dave and Lisa do of bringing the group together and at the end getting to drink any of the leftover wine and it is a perfect recipe for a great evening. Although fair warning drinking the leftover wine is very dangerous especially if, like me, your favourite is a half filled 12% bottle of mead that nobody else seems to want to drink (I did offer it around I promise)!
Postmark Brewery and Belgard Kitchen
If being a winery wasn’t enough this magical place also is the Postmark Brewery that has its own restaurant, Belgard Kitchen, and gift shop. The beer and the food are amazing and really reasonably priced with food prices ranging from under $10 to $20, and beer at $7.50 a pint. The Grilled Postmark Sausage Board is definitely worth a try at $17, I thoroughly enjoyed mine. It goes very well with their stout, so well in fact I had to buy some to bring home with me.
Within the gift selection are your typical gifts like bottled beer, t-shirts and caps, but there are also wonderfully decorated growlers. Don’t worry the puzzled look you have on your face is the same I had on mine last night. What on earth is a growler?
Growlers originate from the 1800’s when people used to carry pails of beer or ale home from the breweries. The name growler refers to growling noise that was said to come from the lid of the pail as the carbon dioxide escaped during transportation. Fast forward to 1980’s and we can thank Charlie Otto for the modern day growler, which comes in dark glass to stop the UV rays spoiling their contents, have metal screw cap lids to stop the growling and typically come in 64 fluid ounce measures (1,892.7 ml).
Nowadays you can take your growlers home with you, enjoy their contents, rinse them out and go back to the same, or a different brewery, and fill them back up for half price. It’s a great way to be able to enjoy great quality craft beer or ales at home and the bottles themselves come in all sorts of designs that are quite collectable. I am certainly happy with my growler but after last night’s indulgence of wine and beer I think it’s going to be a few days before I open mine.