Who We Are
The Glass Half Full is a wine and beer making establishment independently owned and operated by Denis and Nicole Porlier. We have been providing award-winning wines and beer to people in the communities of Oakville, Mississauga and surrounding areas since 2004… Read our testimonials. We have frequently won awards at the Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition, the biggest wine competition of its kind in the world.
Today we have extended our expertise beyond wine, and now offer other premium beverages including craft beer and cider.
Denis has been involved in wine making for over a decade, and has also studied extensively in the field of oenology and wine making. He was awarded the Higher Certificate with Distinction from the internationally-recognized Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and has also studied wine with the University of Guelph.
Nicole’s expertise is in customer service and event planning. Her strong desire to do unique personal things for people drives her to consistently go the extra mile to add a special touch to each customer’s experience. She is also gifted in languages, is proficient in English, French and Spanish, and conversant in German.
Both Denis and Nicole have a passion for sharing with everyone enjoyment of the little pleasures in life.
Contact us if you are interested in wine, beer or cider making. We’re here to help.
Denis and Nicole are terrific and genuinely care about customer satisfaction. We have been buying beer, wine, and coffee from The Glass Half Full for years now and have been really happy with the top-notch service and quality product. Recently, Denis went above and beyond in brewing a contemporary domestic beer that was absolutely perfect with a smooth, clean taste that we were hoping to achieve.
Fantastic service, amazing quality, and the price is right!
Chris and Pam
We’ve done 5 really good batches of Cabernet Sauvignon here. Everyone has said it’s really good wine! Great service!!
Working with Nicole and Denis has been an absolute pleasure! From the very first time I reached out to them they had amazing customer service and were so eager to be helpful, fast responding, and make great suggestions. We made Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio wine as wedding favours and they even helped us create labels and heat shrink capsules that matched perfectly with our wedding theme. Their customer service didn’t end after I picked up the wine because a couple of weeks later they reached out to make sure the wine was good. Can’t recommend this family owned business enough!
Anyone who likes wine and/or beer must check The Glass Half Full. Not only will you have a great lesson in wine making from Denis and Nicole but you will love the results.
(Worth noting: they follow the pandemic health protocols to the letter which eased my wife’s concerns about going into stores).
Such a great little shop!!! I’ve had the pleasure of bottling beer and wine here and both times Dennis and Nicole have exceeded my expectations! They are incredibly knowledgeable and eager to help me make the best selection. The beer and wine is so much better than I ever expected – so much better than what you find at the lcbo!! Always a fair price and always great friendly service. I’m so happy with my beer and wine and would highly recommend their services to anyone!!
Just a little over ten years ago I picked up a flyer from my front step inviting me to come try ferment-on-premises winemaking at The Glass Half Full. I did and had the good fortune of meeting the proprietors, Denis and Nicole Porlier, and have been “making” and enjoying many delicious wines since. Although my beverage of choice is wine, I have also sampled beer, coffee and tea offered at The Glass Half Full. In fact, I tease Denis and Nicole that if they keep expanding their inventory they’ll have to rename their store The Drink Depot! I am a longstanding customer for good reasons – premium products and great service!
#1 Wino – Oakville
I love the Glass Half Full.
The products are varied and wonderful. Bottlings are always convenient and in a very friendly atmosphere. It is great to get a delicious glass of wine at a very reasonable price point. I highly recommend the Glass Half Full and their knowledgeable team.
We have been very satisfied customers of The Glass Half Full for many years, Denis & Nicole are service friendly & accommodating owners who are knowledgeable in the wine making business.Their facilities are very clean, feature good parking & offer reliable equipment. Products are reasonably priced, and most importantly provide great tasting wines!!
Sharon & Ted