The Lazy Gourmet Preferred Vendor: Marquis Wine Cellars
Over the last several months, The Lazy Gourmet has worked quite closely with Marquis Wine Cellars, creating an amazing relationship making, us proud to call them a preferred vendor.
With all the talk about wine in our Province, we thought we would feature a vendor that has one of the best collections around. If you ever need that hard-to-find wine, or are looking for a special gift, call Ali at Marquis and we can assure you that she will give you the best customer service around. Check our their story and website below:
Marquis Wine Cellars opened its doors in the West End in 1986. After an expansive renovation that doubled their store in size, they celebrated their grand reopening in September 2014.
John Clerides is Maquis’ proprietor. His dad, Andy, bought his first business at 1101 Robson Street on January 12, 1958 and The Clerides’ have been doing business in Vancouver ever since! Andy turns 90 next year in 2016, the same year that Marquis celebrates its 30th year in business their Davie Street location; 1034 Davie Street!
Because they’ve been a part of the neighbourhood for so long, they are very involved with the community; Big Sisters, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Downtown East Side Women’s Centre, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Providence Health, to name a few.
Marquis Wine Cellars are known for their selection of specialty wines, many of which are not available elsewhere in BC. They have a custom designed ‘Fine Wine Room’, which is a temperature-controlled cellar that houses nearly 2,000 bottles. Across the room is a 3,000 bottle cooler filled with local and imported wines and ciders, as well as a good selection of port, sherry and sake within their doors. Marquis has recently remodelled their store to host private events, and offer wine tastings to guests 364 days of the year. Their custom-carved tasting bar seats 12, while the tasting machine holds 16-bottles and is filled with 8 white and 8 red wines on any given day for you to come in and try before you buy!
Marquis Wine Cellers was just voted by West Ender readers as the #1 Best Wine Store in the West End, 2015 Edition! Now that’s something to be proud of! So stop buy and visit them, whether you are in the neighbourhood or making a special trip to taste and shop!