a little price throw down.. save on vs bcl

I was curious to see how the prices at Save On compared to the BC Liquor store.Will having another wine retailer change the price of the BC VQA wine we can purchase here in Kamloops?

So, being curious, capable and a bit sneaky, I set out today to do a little spy work. And what I found was surprising!

I checked five BC VQA wines at random at the Signature Liquor Store in Sahali. Then, I walked across the parking lot and checked the same five wines at Save-On.

Here are my results. I have laid them out very professionally and using high tech methods, as you can see…

See? Super flashy, right? The pictures are from the Government store and the fancy, orange writing are the prices at Save On Foods today. The skinny of it is that in all but one instance, Save On was cheaper than the liquor store. Both of those prices exclude the tax and bottle deposit.

Will Save On stay cheaper? That remains to be seen. And they always have their case deal on top of these prices.

The verdict? Having another wine retailer is good for Kamloops grape lovers!


The Sips Wine List is updated!

I have finally got around to adding 30 bottles that are hit or miss to the wine page! Here is the link…

wine shopping list

This is just a quick list that is literally a buy it, skip it, try it snapshot of wines we have tried.

It’s meant to help you when you are out trying to find a wine. Bookmark it and take it to the store with you. Every wine on the list can be searched and a full review can be found on here as well if you would like more info. The first 30 are up and the next 30 are on deck…

I promise to keep it more updated for you!


a trip down the wine aisle at saveon


It was a big day at Save On Foods in Kamloops!

In fact, they could have used a little traffic control in the parking lot it was so jam packed.

Today was the Grand Opening of their BC VQA Wine Department. I popped in this morning for a look and it turns out a thousand other people thought they would, too. Surprise! Here are some cool things to note about our latest (but really just part 2) wine retailer in town…

  • There are over 900 wines in this little space! Holy fermented fruit, Batman!


  • You will get a coupon for a discount on the featured wine they are pouring, if you happen to stumble upon them pouring that day!


  • Buy 6? Get 10% off. And that’s on mixed bottles! And every day to boot.


  • Their manager, Charlene Owen, used to be at Discover wines and knows her stuff. She will have a well trained and knowledgeable staff to help you choose your wine!


  • If you show up on a special occasion, maybe, just maybe, an MLA will pour you a sample of wine. That probably doesn’t happen every day though.


Wine was flying off the shelves! I bought two today and was really impressed with the selection! This is good for BC wine. Many little wineries can’t keep their tasting rooms open all year long, and where else are they going to sell this stuff? Really, over 900 wines. There were some great bottles there today!

Pop by this weekend for sampling from our Kamloops wineries! And watch for more great stuff from Save On Foods!


Save On in Kamloops

It’s time!


Tomorrow, Save On Foods in Kamloops will be selling VQA wines!


Check out the details here…

Save-On Foods unveils wine section, opening Friday

I will be there! Yay!

how i feel about kamloops council and other wine dictatorships

Oh my. Our Kamloops City Council certainly seems to like to get a lot of free press…

The issue of whether or not grocery stores can sell wine in Kamloops has remained unresolved for a long time (see this old column). Now, it seems, the matter is resolved and Save On Foods will not be granted the variance they requested to sell BC VQA wines in their store.

Of note is the fact that they shared a back wall with the store they bought the license from last year. And that store was allowed to sell the wine. In basically the same building. But, you know, who’s looking at a map anyways.

Originally, I thought that buying your wine at a grocery store or at a signature liquor store or an independent retailer wasn’t going to matter much to Kamloops wine drinkers.

But, after more contemplating, and seeing how much locally produced product Save On carries, I think that it was a poor choice and we lose in this deal. Of course, we didn’t buy a useless license so we don’t lose as bad as Save On. Jimmy will probably survive, though (which was a deciding factor for some Councillors).

I liked the look of the Kamloops Wine Trail display in another Save On that I saw on twitter this week. And, as a retailer that likes to work with locals, I think Save On would have expanded the selection here in town and done a great job marketing it. We get a lot of travelers through here and they would have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to buy a bottle with their groceries.

What is done is done (maybe since we do backsies on votes apparently) and we will see what happens with the license purchased. The reasons for the decision were pretty lame and while we don’t lack for liquor stores around here a little diversity would have been nice.

And, for the record, I didn’t shop at Discover Wines often because their selection was limited, since their wines were all from this region and I am, after all, a wine slut.

fort berens riesling – brightest and best

Fort Berens Estate Winery is situated in Lilloett, BC. Super nice people, great tasting room and really nice wine!!

Last night we cracked into the Riesling to have with our teriyaki chicken and sautéed veggies. It was the perfect match. Here is some food porn for you…

Teriyaki Chicken with veggies. To serve with our Riesling!

Teriyaki Chicken with veggies. To serve with our Riesling!

First of all, the wine wakes you up the second you breathe it in. I can’t remember the last time I experienced a wine so bright when you smelled it! It is awesome!

As for the taste of it… equally bright. Very citrusy with a nice body and light finish. Perfect for dinner. And if you just wanted a sipping wine, a cool drink in a restaurant with the ladies, this would be perfect for that, too!

All in all, this wine is a win! It’s a beautiful spot. You can find out more about visiting them at http://www.fortberens.ca. Enjoy!

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