I love to go wine tasting. Fortunately for me, the Wine Bank and Beer Vault is less than a mile from me. They are officially in University Place, but since I live in Tacoma, I’m saying Tacoma.
My landlords told me about this wine shop when I first moved in to my apartment. I didn’t make it over until about 6 months later. They do wine tastings every Saturday from 2 – 4:30, and occasionally do beer tastings as well. I would stop in once in awhile for a tasting and to pick up a bottle. The owners, Bob & Linda were always very welcoming. They have some great wineries and vendors in to offer information on the wines they are tasting each week.
Recently they expanded their beer section and changed their name to the Wine Bank and Beer Vault. I’ve started enjoying beers more lately thanks to the influence of my niece and her new husband. Since I primarily drink red wine, beer can taste really good on a hot, summer day. (Although, we don’t get a lot of hot, summer days here in the Pacific Northwest.) I do enjoy a good Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or even some white blends when the weather is warm as well.
Besides the wine tastings, some of the things I like about the Wine Bank is that they have some great specials, including the “under $10” wall. They are very knowledgeable about their products. I can go in and tell Bob that I like a specific wine (or beer) and would like something similar, and he will give me good advice. They also have a “Beer Rewards” program – they say it’s like getting free beer. Can’t argue with something like that. Once you spend $100 on beer you get $5 free (I think that’s how it works – I just remember hearing something about “free beer”).
I recently joined their Passport Wine Club. They pick 2 great wines for you for only $29.99 per month, plus you get 10% off all the wine you buy. My first wines were a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Hunter’s Winery in New Zealand. The Sauvignon Blanc was FABULOUS!! The Pinot wasn’t to my taste, but not terrible. For me, this is another great wine tasting opportunity.
They also offer a Discount Wine Club for a one time, $99 fee. With this, you get 15% off all of your wine purchases and pay the fee just one time!
There are many reasons to visit this wine shop if you are in the greater Tacoma area. Stop in to buy a bottle or 2, do a wine tasting, meet Bob & Linda, or buy some beer. They offer growlers for as little as $7.95!