Drinks at Divino

In Calgary, there seems to be a new restaurant opening up every week. With all the buzz about the latest next-best-thing, I sometimes forget about long-standing favourites.

Fortunately, the oldies-but-goodies find new ways to lure back the regulars, as I discovered during a recent happy hour at Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro. The Stephen Avenue mainstay has launched a new happy hour program (Mon.-Fri. from 3-6 p.m.) that pairs a cellar gem with something delicious and cheesy.

Divino's new happy hour program pairs cellar sips with delicious nibbles.

Divino’s new happy hour program pairs cellar sips with delicious nibbles.

For example, I sipped a crisp 2010 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling from Germany ($9) in between nibbles of a savoury “tart flambé” ($6) with caramelized onions (a kind of fancy share pizza).

It's not a pizza; it's better! And at $6, great value, too.

It’s not a pizza; it’s better! And at $6, great value, too.

“Choosing a new wine from the cellar each week to feature allows our customers to try a wine that they may never have considered,” says Brad Royale, wine director for Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR), which owns Divino. “With this program, we want to offer a unique bottle of wine for a great price.”

Fear not, cocktail lovers. Divino also features a small but enticing cocktail list. Try the Kitten Belly ($14), a seasonal sip with Calvados, rose lemonade, apple drinking vinegars, lemon and egg white. Divine!

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