We are one of the Greater Toronto Areas’s oldest non-profit wine clubs offering members unrivaled tastings. We keep our own cellar which not only gives us a unique selection of wines to support our tastings, but also lets us offer tastings at very reasonable cost as we do not have to bear the burden of current market prices. We also provide a chance to network with other wine enthusiasts and collectors, and an opportunity to learn more about wine from various wine professionals who lead our tastings.
Tastings (2016 – 2017)
Argentina Malbec — (September 14, 2016) – The very best of Argentina, including some of the most prestigious single-vineyard Malbec bottlings from some of the best producers (e.g. Catena Zapata), along with some top-end Malbec blends for contrast, mostly from the excellent 2007 vintage. More ….
“Try and Buy”: Spain Rioja & Duero — (October 12, 2016) – A unique opportunity to try premium Spanish wines that are currently available for purchase but only from a local agent who will present and describe the wines and help facilitate any interest in purchasing.
1990 Bordeaux 1st & 2nd Growths — (November 9, 2016) Our flagship tasting of the year – top chateaux from the superb 1990 vintage, including “super” 2nd growths Pichon-Baron, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Cos d’Estournel and famed 1st growths Haut-Brion and Cheval Blanc.
Holiday Party at the Design Exchange — (December 14, 2016) – Our not-to- be-missed annual holiday extravaganza, combining a wide array of seasonal foods with our usual treasure trove of wine delights, including decades-old classics, special old fortified wines (Madeiras or Ports, often 100 years old or more) and many surprises making their appearance throughout the evening – bring your friends and colleagues and spread the word.
Syrah from around the world — (January 11, 2017) – A comparison of styles of one of the wine world’s most iconic grapes, especially the differences between old world and new world approaches, including examples from Australia and North America along with those of the most famous Syrah region, the northern Rhone Valley, and a few that may be new to you.
Vintage Ports: 1994 — (February 8, 2017) – As a contrast to our recent tastings of old Vintage Ports from the 1960’s and 1970’s, this will give tasters a chance to try some of the best younger Ports from the excellent 1994 vintage, to enjoy them in their relative youth and assess where they are on the maturity spectrum.
March Dinner – Date, time, and place to be announced – Enjoy a tasting dinner in lieu of our regular monthly tasting.
Barolo Single Vineyards: Chiarlo — (April 12, 2017) – An exploration of some of the top single-vineyard sites in Barolo (Brunate, Cannubi, Cerequio) from several vintages from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, from one of this famous area’s top estates, that of Michele Chiarlo.
Sauvignon Blanc from around the World — (May 10, 2017) – A comparison of styles of one of the wine world’s most iconic grapes, especially the differences between old world and new world approaches, including examples from Australia and North America along with those of the most famous Syrah region, the northern Rhone Valley, and a few that may be new to you.
Two Hands Australian Shiraz — (June 14, 2017) – A tasting from the wide array of styles and single-vineyard bottlings of 2007 premium Shiraz from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and other well-known appellations from this Australian producer who, while relatively new, is already one of the country’s most successful and celebrated.
Our tasting events are held on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June. All events (except December and the March tasting dinner) are in the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street (under the library). We recommend that tasters take the TTC: the North York Centre subway stop is handy. If you insist on driving, there’s parking in the building (enter off Beecroft, one block west of Yonge).
(Wednesday, September 14, 2016) — When you see that the wines are Malbec your first impulse may be to stop reading. Keep reading. These are not your run of the mill LCBO Malbecs. Anyone visiting Argentina comes back marveling at the wines and wondering why they are so seldom available here. These are great wines, produced […]
(Wednesday, June 8, 2016) — In 2010 a French criminal held several vineyards to ransom by threatening to poison the vines. The subsequent book, Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine focused on one of the vineyards: Romanée-Conti. [Register now online. | Register now by mail.] The Burgundy commune […]
(Monday , May 30, 2016 & Tuesday, May 31, 2016) — Quintarelli, Luce, the historic Frescobaldi-Mondavi partnership – names that bring to mind some of the very best and legendary practitioners of Italian winemaking. And being able to taste some mature vintages of these iconic wines during these lovely days as spring moves into summer, what could be […]
(Wednesday, May 11, 2016) — Burgundy is not the only region of France to produce outstanding white wine. The best white Bordeaux from Graves and Pessac-Léognan, while stylistically quite different, are recognized by those in the know for achieving similar lofty heights (and prices!). Our tasting includes superstars such as the iconic Domaine de Chevalier and Ch […]
(Wednesday, April 13, 2016) — What do you remember about 2005? In Canada we were on top of the sports world. The Canadian Juniors won the gold medal over Russia, Steve Nash was the first Canadian to win the NBA MVP Award, and the NHL year long walkout ended. In Australia the producers were taking advantage […]
(Wednesday, March 9, 2016) — Philip Togni Vineyard’s first vines were planted near the top of Spring Mountain in 1981, 2000 feet above the Napa Valley floor and the town of St. Helena. The first wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, were produced two years later. But the rootstock of the newly planted vines proved vulnerable […]
(Wednesday, February 10, 2016) — If there is one type of wine this club is blessed with an abundance of, it is Vintage Port. And so it is to this section of the cellar we have turned for our February tasting. We went into the deepest corner to select some real oldies. We have four vintages (1963, […]
(Wednesday, January 13, 2016) — In any relatively new wine region (in wine world terms), wine-making tends to be an evolving art, where innovation, experimentation and learning pave the way to successes and realizing the area’s capabilities. Niagara fits this pattern very well, considering how much progress has been made over the last 20 to 30 […]
(Wednesday, December 9, 2015) — “Nice hair,” said little Cindy Lou Who to the man cramming gifts into a huge sack. “You must be the new Prime Minister of Canada.” “No dear,” said the jolly old fellow with the flowing white locks and beard. “But I’m ready, just as ready as that Trudeau lad to bring […]
(Wednesday, November 11, 2015) — Few would dispute that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most highly regarded appellation of the Southern Rhône Valley and even fewer would question the status of Château de Beaucastel as not only the region’s top producer but also one of the very best and most celebrated traditional estates in all of France. [Register now […]
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) — Wine has been made on the hallowed soil that is now Château Lafite since at least the thirteenth century. The “most celebrated of them all” has been famous beyond its own region and country since at least the seventeenth century. The 1855 Bordeaux classification placed Lafite at the top of […]
(Wednesday, September 9, 2015) — No longer when starting a cellar do we go to our father’s wine merchant and get recommended a few cases of the usual suspects from Bordeaux or Burgundy, perhaps spiced with some Barolo or Hermitage. Prices have soared and mere mortals must look elsewhere. Register now online. | Register now by mail. […]