Paradise Grapevine is a wine, cider & beer pair with finger foods in this easygoing watering hole featuring a leafy patio. It is a wine shop, bar, and winery focusing on natural wine, beer, cider, and casual service. Paradise Grapevine, located in the increasingly trendy Bloorcourt neighborhood, brings hipster style to the classic wine bar concept. The by-the-glass menu features old-world wines and sippable local brews on tap. Thanks to a grandfathered license, the covered and heated patio is open until 2 a.m., keeping the bar busy well past the usual 11 p.m. outdoor patio cutoff. There’s no reason to leave with simple snacks like charcuterie and cheese. At its second location on Geary Avenue, Paradise Grapevine is a wine and beer bar that also functions as a winery.
David Everitt and Christian Davis, both industry veterans, had envisioned their laid-back spot serving natural wines, a small rotating selection of beers, and snacks. In 2018, they opened the first Paradise Grapevine on Bloor Street West. The owners developed an interest in winemaking a year after opening and produced their first vintage in 2019. In the two years that followed, the duo made over 90 tonnes of their wine while sharing wine making facilities with Creemore Hills Winery. While the food is different, the vintage, rustic atmosphere is present in both locations. When you walk into the Geary location, you’re greeted by a wall of mirrors that wraps around the bar and the tiger-print velvet booths. Tin ceiling tiles reveal hints of industrial design, while tables and wine barrels near the front entrance fill the space with a mix of wood.
The massive patio that wraps around the side of the building is one of the main draws for visiting this location, especially during the warmer months. A delectable mix of wood-fired cooked Spanish and Argentinian dishes is available from Thursday to Sunday evenings. But let’s get back to the wine. What distinguishes Paradise Grapevine is its emphasis on keeping its product’s ingredients simple. Instead of adding tannin or sugar, they rely on the yeast already present in the fruit to ferment and flavor the wine. Their Nightcall Pet Nat was the first wine I tried. It’s made with Zweigelt grapes and is listed under the vintage section of the menu. This glass costs $12, and a bottle costs $55. This Austrian varietal produced a wine with Swedish berries, cherry, and cranberry notes.