A couple of weeks ago, I had a hankering for Okanagan winery Gray Monk’s Siegerrebe. I heard from @shopaholicinvan that Gray Monk had limited supply made each year and when she went in September, it was sold out at the winery. I called and emailed several VQA stores in the city and couldn’t find any this time around. However, one email reply brought sunshine into my life – from CJ, the manager at Westwood Wines (@westwoodwines1) in Coquitlam. Turns out they had quite a few bottles of Siegerrebe left in stock! How did I never manage to come across this place when I’m spending most of my time in Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam??! I emailed her back requesting she save me 4 bottles of this delicious nectar, and she replied back saying she’d reserve them for pickup for the weekend! Already, I knew that she had excellent service without stepping into the store.
Upon my visit to Westwood Wines, which is situated at Westwood Plateau Village (where the IGA is located), I was greeted with a friendly smile by Richard, an employee of the store. He asked if he could help me, and I asked about the reservation of my bottles. CJ then greeted me herself and asked me if I wanted some wine samples. Turns out they do complimentary wine samples. Along with the wine samples, there was a small two-tier tray of chocolates, cheese, crackers, strawberries and grapes to go along with the wine samples. As I’m a white wine drinker mostly, I was offered a sample of Volcanic Hills‘ Gewurztraminer, a delicious light and crisp blend of pear and lychee flavor in it. Then she offered a sampling of Saturna Vineyard‘s dessert wine, which I found a bit too sweet for my liking. She then offered me a sample of Ice Wine (forgot which winery) – again I wasn’t a huge fan of it.
At the end of my visit I walked off with my original 4 bottles of Gray Monk Siegerrebe, along with a bottle of the Volcanic Hills Gewurztraminer Elliott Road 2010 (a higher quality Gewurzt recommended by CJ). What I loved most of this boutique wine store is the genuine service and recommendations were spot on for my taste buds! CJ even asked if I needed assistance to carry the wine to my car.
Thanks to CJ and her staff for the wonderful experience! I will definitely be back again!
1410 Parkway Blvd