How's the wine list view from this English Bay newbie?
The Spot: Hook Sea Bar, the newish seafood spot on Davie and Denman that aims to blend casual and quality with a bitchin' view thrown in. The Theme: Tough to say, really. All things to all people, maybe? The First Impression: A lot of OK, which is o.k and little snippets of interest here and there. The Steal: The 100% Pinot Noir Rose from Le Vieux Pin is $24 at the winery and only $48 here - the rare only 2x mark-up, made even more special when it's a more reasonably priced wine. Also, they're offering the same great deal that Homer Street Cafe does on Moet—$125 for a $65 bottle of wine that's normally subject to much higher mark-ups. And the Chablis from Brocard is only $70, on a $38 bottle of wine—I'll have 2! The Gouge: I can't really find any bottle that nudges overs 2.5 times mark-up except for the rose from la Vieille Ferme which at $36 for a $13 bottle of wine is perfectly fine. Cool Factor Bottle: Not a lot of wine nerd fodder here, but there's a Pecorino and a Friulano, both on the esoteric side of Italian whites. And while Falanghina has become pretty mainstream, the bottle here, from Quintodecimo, is pretty rare and very, very tasty, The Head Scratcher: This is a seafood restaurant but the list has 23 bottles of red to only 19 bottles of white. And while I appreciate that red can frequently go with fish the list is overly heavy in beg reds—there's 8 Cabernets or Cab/Merlot blends to 1 Gamay, which is a shameful ratio for a fish spot. (or any spot really) The Grade: B+. This is a list that is pretty straightforward and it's balance is a little off, but the prices are dynamite, especially considering the prime real estate they sit on.