Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet cuisine and wine at Divino Wine Bar.
Chosen by Vancouver magazine as serving one of the city's 10 Best Meals, Divino delights palates with discriminately chosen wines and a commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients. Chef Cameron Picyk brings an Italian sensibility to Divino's menu of Pacific Northwest cuisine after plying his skills in Australia and Europe. Lighter bites include olives marinated in a house blend of lemon zest and garden-fresh thyme ($6) and wild elk carpaccio, served with wild celery, pine nuts, and pecorino cheese ($14). Mains showcase choice meats, such as roasted beef strip loin nestled with confit fingerlings and morel mushroom jus ($28). Dessert selections unveil such creative plates as mixed berry compote with mascarpone mousse ($7).
The 34-seat indoor dining space and 32-seat patio invite oenophiles to chat about investing in an online farm while sampling the wines chosen by sommelier Sam Jonnery, who happily recommends pairings as well. The extensive list surveys varietals from around the world, such as the 2008 Veramonte pinot-noir reserva from Chile ($11/glass, $33/split) and the 2008 Flying Kiwi sauvignon blanc from New Zealand ($9/glass, $30/split).
Divino Wine Bar
A British Columbia native with experience cooking in European kitchens, chef Cameron Picyk harmoniously weaves Italian influences into his menu of Northwestern cuisine. The restaurant's seasonally changing selection ensures freshness without the complications of time travel, and it earned praise for offering "the type of meal every restaurant critic dreams about" when it appeared on Vancouver magazine's list of Vancouver's 10 Best Meals of 2009.
Between forkfuls, diners can savour sips of wine from sommelier Sam Jonnery's hand-selected list of perennial favourites and emerging gems. With 20 wines available by the glass as well as in flights, the selection seeks to accommodate virtually any palate on any airplane.
1590 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2