Welcome to Dry Variety!
London Ontario’s first online bottle shop for premium non-alcoholic wine, spirits and beer. My name is Amber and it’s a pleasure to meet you.
A fairly common question I'm asked is how Dry Variety came to be? Well, let's just say that the past few years were tremendously stressful (which is relatable for most, I know) and admittedly, my wine and alcohol consumption increased. With the roller coaster of pandemic lockdowns, forced closures of my primary self employed business, and other personal traumatic events, “happy hour” became a regular thing.
I believed at the time it was a way for me destress and tune out the way things were. Ironically, rather than easing my stress, I was waking up with added headaches and I really didn’t like the way I felt.
Then something shifted for me...
I was ready for a change.....
Sitting down with a cocktail was always about taking a
minute for myself, to wind down at the end of the day. When I decided to take a break from drinking, sparkling water just wasn’t cutting it. I wanted to find a way to enjoy the ritual of “wine time” with a more sophisticated beverage only without the alcohol.
I started to notice influencers and celebrities talking about being “sober curious” and “mindful drinking”. They were sharing names of brands they liked, and my search began!…...I was excited to discover a world of non-alc options that were actually really good.
The niche was growing in other parts of the world but these options were new to Canada. I started to dive in and search them out. I wanted to find them, try them and share my discoveries with EVERYONE!
I started to question why we're so programmed to take alcohol to social events?? I believe in part it’s because quality non-alcoholic alternatives are not easily accessible. And so the development of Dry Variety began.
"My mission is to provide you a with trusted list of top tasting non-alcoholic wine, spirits and beer and make them easily accessible to you."
My love for food, wine, cocktails, & connection are the fuel for this venture...
I consider myself sober-curious. I indulge in a traditional cocktail from time to time but to be honest I don't miss the alcohol. Whether you consume alcohol or abstain completely, I simply believe it’s important to have a variety of options when it comes to what we imbibe. I like the idea of normalizing sophisticated adult beverages without alcohol because no matter what your reason is for choosing to skip the booze we all deserve to share a decent drink together.
I’m still learning the tricks to mixing and building some
of these cocktails but I promise to share my experiences with you as my bartending skills expand and my research continues.
I hope you enjoy my personally curated collection and shopping at Dry Variety. I look forward to serving you some great drinks
Cheers to a world of sophistication without the alcohol.