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That most romantic of holidays is just around the corner, so we thought we’d provide some suggestions for enhancing your Valentine’s Day experience. Sure, nothing can replace flowers, jewelry or chocolate (all the classics), but who says you can’t add a nice bottle of something special to the mix?
Another promotion we wanted to let you know about is our Canada 150 countdown. Every day until July 1 (150 days in total), we are spotlighting a new Canadian made product. If you purchase that product on that day, you get to enter our drawing to win a $150 Cook St. Liquor gift card.
Lastly, we have our eleventh Extreme Beer With the Beast craft beer tasting event coming up on Thursday, February 23. Tickets for this event are available in-store and online and are $35 each for 10 tastings paired with meaty morsels from Whole Beast Salumeria and a sweet treat from Yonni’s Doughnuts. Don’t miss out!
Have a great February! Spring is just around the corner.
Glenn Barlow and the Cook St. Liquor staff
BARKERVILLE PROMISE TO SOPHIA LICORICE STOUT 650ml $8.25
Even if your sweetie’s name isn’t Sophia, this beer is a tasty treat for any Valentine. It’s one of most wonderfully balanced licorice stouts we’ve ever had. It’s rich, chocolatey and has just a kiss of black licorice.
BELLA SPARKLING ROSÉ 750ml $34
Bella means “beautiful” in Italian and this BC bubbly comes by its name honestly. It’s a lovely pink colour derived from the skins of Gamay Noir grapes, and there are wonderful, delicate floral and fruit notes. It’s like wine and flowers in one perfectly pink package.
SHERINGHAM DARK CHOCOLATE VODKA 375ml $33
What pairs well with dark chocolate? Sheringham’s Dark Chocolate Vodka, of course. This island-made treat is a decadent beverage meant for cozying up with in front of a crackling fire.
GIGANTIC LUSTROUS 650ml $15
Your Valentine will feel the love emanating from this tasty craft beer brewed in Portland, OR. Lustrous is Belgian farmhouse ale made with a bit of orange peel, for a sweet kiss of citrus. Share this one while noshing on spicy Chinese take out.
SOME YOUNG PUNKS PASSION HAS RED LIPS CABERNET-SHIRAZ 750ml $36
This one’s a sexy beast, with its enticing Cab Sauv/Shiraz blend. Pucker up for a smack of red currant and cherry notes. This is a round and alluring Aussie red with a silky tannic finish.
CASCADE STRAWBERRY NORTHWEST SOUR ALE 750ml $40
Forget buying those chocolate-dipped strawberries in the middle of winter, completely out of season. This wonderfully tart brew is oaked aged with Oregon strawberries and vanilla beans for a complex sweet/tart fruity balance.
ODD SOCIETY CREME DE CASSIS 375ml $25
Some would tell you the best Creme de Cassis comes from Dijon, France, but Vancouver’s Odd Society is our pick for making a romantic, pink/red Kir Royale with a favourite bubbly. Just put 1/3 oz. in a fluted glass and top with 3 oz. of sparkling wine. Voila!
D’ARENBERG THE LOVE GRASS SHIRAZ 750ml $30
The “love grass” found in vineyards produces flowers that stick to your clothes. You’ll get stuck on this wine’s sweet fruit, vibrant acidity and long finish. It’s the kind of bottle you’ll want to open for a romantic meal involving rich red meat.