Overview

We are one of the Greater Toronto Areas’s oldest non-profit wine clubs offering members unique affordable tastings (wines at historical cost, not current replacement cost), 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)
Spain Rioja and Duero — (October 12, 2016)
1990 Bordeaux — (November 9, 2016)
Design Exchange — (December 14, 2016)
World Syrahs — (January 11, 2017)
1994 Ports — (February 8, 2017)
Dinner* — (March TBA, 2017)
Barolo – Chiarlo — (April 12, 2017)
World Sauvignon Blanc — (May 10, 2017)
Two Hands Shiraz — (June 14, 2017)

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).

*For the March 2017 tasting we are working on a tasting dinner(s) in lieu of the regular monthly tasting.  Date, time, places to be determined.

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Events

VOSNE-ROMANEE A Tale of Two Houses: Jadot & Remoissenet

(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 […]

Quintarelli and Luce – Italian Icons…and Dinner, too…at Angolino

(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 […]

The Best of White Bordeaux

(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 […]

2005 Australian Shiraz

(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 […]

A Decade of Napa’s Finest: Cabernet Sauvignons from Philip Togni Vineyard

(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 […]

Old Port and Stilton

(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, […]

Innovation in Niagara: Creekside Estate Winery

(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 […]

Annual Holiday Party at the Design Exchange

(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 […]

Beaucastel: the Best of Chateauneuf du Pape

(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 […]

A Vertical Tasting of CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD

(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 […]

Old World Wines for the Modern Cellar

(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. […]

De Vogue – Chambolle Musigny

(Jun. 10, 2015) — The business has been in the family for 20 generations, and over the past 450 years there have been a few ups and downs. The best de Vogüé reds were once regularly ranked among Burgundy’s top half dozen. The 1945 Comte de Vogüé Grand Cru Musigny was one of the two […]