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Old 08-15-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Does COSTCO Warehouse on Expo Blvd sell bottled wine?
We'll be cruising out of CANADA PLACE and want to make a wine purchase to take onto the ship instead of packing in luggage! COSTCO Warehouses here in Texas sell bottled wine, wondering if that was true for Vancouver COSTCO?
Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Take the wine with you from Texas. It is much cheaper in the U.S.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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No Costco in Canada does not sell wine or Beer or any spirits above .05% alcohol by volume... they do sell wine making kits.. but that is not what you are looking for..

Your best bet and best choice of local wine and beer is you will have to go buy it from a B.C. Govronment run Liquor store... here is a link to nearby locations and what they have in stock..
Home | BC Liquor Stores

anyways Enjoy your Cruise and stop in at Vancouver.. hope that helped on the wine/Booze end of things for you
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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No Costco in Canada does not sell wine or Beer or any spirits above .05% alcohol by volume... they do sell wine making kits.. but that is not what you are looking for..

Your best bet and best choice of local wine and beer is you will have to go buy it from a B.C. Govronment run Liquor store... here is a link to nearby locations and what they have in stock..
Home | BC Liquor Stores

anyways Enjoy your Cruise and stop in at Vancouver.. hope that helped on the wine/Booze end of things for you
Not Canada wide, must be province specific, they sell beer and wine at my local Costco in Quebec. I know it doesn't change OP's actions, but it's good to know if he's going to hit up other provinces.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Not Canada wide, must be province specific, they sell beer and wine at my local Costco in Quebec. I know it doesn't change OP's actions, but it's good to know if he's going to hit up other provinces.
haha my Bad BIMBAM... I should of said in B.C., Canada you need to vist a B.C. Govronment run Liqour store to have the best selection on Wine and booze in Vancouver..

We do have local cold beer and wine stores and pub off-sales but they are not really the place to shop for wine...
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Just as an aside, I live in Gatineau, Québec, and the Costco near my house is about 10 minutes from Ottawa (a city of 1 million people, across the border in the province of Ontario, where beer is only sold via a government-sanctioned *expensive* monopoly).

The Gatineau Costco is apparently the number one beer sale location in all of Canada!

The joke among my friends is that if you see someone at the Gatineau Costco with their shopping cart loaded with beer (usually the huge Coors Light 55-can cases), it's a sure bet they'll speaking English. We play the game every time we go and haven't been wrong yet!
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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Just as an aside, I live in Gatineau, Québec, and the Costco near my house is about 10 minutes from Ottawa (a city of 1 million people, across the border in the province of Ontario, where beer is only sold via a government-sanctioned *expensive* monopoly).

The Gatineau Costco is apparently the number one beer sale location in all of Canada!
Good to know that Qc Costco stores sell beer and bottled wine.
In Alberta, sale of beverage alcohol is carried out by private wine merchants.
I came across a few private wine merchants in Metro Vancouver including one inside the Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, selling BC & Italian wines.
2 Downtown private wine shops:
Buy Wine Online | Vancouver Wine Delivery | Vancouver Wine Stores
Vancouver Liquor Store | Viti Wine and Lager Store, Downtown Vancouver

I wonder if anyone has bought from these stores and how are they, price-wise and quality-wise, when comparing to the provincial government controlled 'BC Liqueur Store'?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Just like the USA where liquor law is state jurisdiction, in Canada, liquor laws are provincial jurisdiction, so the liquor laws vary from one province to the next.

Therefore, what happens in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, etc. is completely irrelevant to you, as you'll be visiting the western province of British Columbia.

In BC, grocery stores (like Safeway, Costco, etc.) do NOT sell liquor.

If you want to buy wine, beer, spirits, etc. you'll have to go to a liquor store, or a wine store, etc.

The cheapest place to buy liquor in BC is through the BC Liquor Store:
Home | BC Liquor Stores

Some BC Liquor stores have better selection than others. The best store downtown is on Bute and Alberni, although the best store in Vancouver's on Cambie and 39th. There's another BC liquor store in the basement of the Harbour Centre tower on Seymour/Cordova although the selection there's lousy... but it's right around the corner from Canada Place.

There are also specialty beer/wine stores (Everything Wine, Swirl Wine Shop, Liberty Wine, Brewery Creek, etc.) that often have better selections than the BC Liquor Stores, but they're not cheaper, so it's a trade off.

Cold beer wine stores that are attached to pubs/restaurants/hotels are often the priciest, and significantly so.

Just an aside, but coming from Texas (or anywhere in the USA, really) BC is a very, very expensive province when it comes to liquor prices, *especially* wine and even moreso in restaurants (where there's often a 100% markup) - don't be shocked by the taxes, a $10 wine in the USA often sells for $20+ in BC. I wish it weren't the case, but that's the way it currently is.

Note - if you plan to bring wine into Canada, I think you can only bring in 2 regular-sized bottles worth.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:33 PM
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Location: Verde Valley
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Take the wine with you from Texas. It is much cheaper in the U.S.
You can not bring more than about a litre into the country legally - check this out with customs.

Napunani, be in for a BIG shock when you see the prices, poor to average wine is about $15 a bottle in BC .
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