Photos: on the table at new Grapes & Soda natural wine bar

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      There's a new place to have a glass of wine and a bite in Vancouver's South Granville neighbourhood.

      Celebrated chef David Gunawan and partner Dara Young, who run the acclaimed Farmer's Apprentice restaurant, have opened Vancouver's first natural wine bar. 

      Grapes & Soda is a tiny 25-seat spot next door to the Farmer's Apprentice that focuses on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. (Straight wine columnist Kurtis Kolt explains more about nature wines here.)

      "We create dishes that complement the wine rather than the other way around," said Gunawan in a news release. Like at the Farmer's Apprentice, however, the small plates are always seasonally inspired with a farm-to-table mantra.

      Grapes & Soda is a narrow, intimate space.
      Carlo Ricci

      Chef Ron Shaw, who was at formerly the executive chef at Bishop's, works in the small open kitchen.

      Farmer’s Apprentice general manager and sommelier Hao-Yang Wang is behind the bar, along with bar manager Satoshi Yonemori (formerly of Wildebeest and The Diamond).

      You can peruse the drinks menu here.

      Bar manager Satoshi Yonemori pours Pares Balta Cava Brut at Grapes & Soda.
      Carolyn Ali

      I poked my head in at the media launch of Grapes & Soda last week to get a quick feel for the place.

      While I didn't try the dishes on offer, they did look beautiful. Here's what was coming out of the kitchen.

      Smoked trout with mizuna, ikura, strawberry and rhubarb at Grapes & Soda.
      Carolyn Ali
      Burrata, pea tips, and asparagus at Grapes & Soda.
      Carolyn Ali
      Pretty bottles of bitters adorn the bar at Grapes & Soda.
      Carolyn Ali

      Grapes & Soda is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 p.m. to  11 p.m. The restaurant doesn't take reservations.

      During happy happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., everything on the food menu is half price.