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 a 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.

Our tasting events are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from September through June. Most events (except December and any tasting dinner(s)) are in the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street (under the library).

2019 – 2021 Monthly Events

(Note most events are on the 4th Wednesday of the month)

Port of the 60s and 70s

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 — Toronto Winetasters has a long tradition of Port tastings in February and, even though at the time of writing it doesn’t look like the usual Ontario winter here, we are happy to say we are continuing this tradition.  We will be pouring a selection of ports from classic declared vintages in the 60s and 70s.  (This being port, we should clarify what we mean the 1960s and 1970s!).  And we are covering six houses – Graham, Dow, Cockburn, Taylor, Croft, and Warre –  so you will have a great opportunity to compare the house styles.  These are top tier houses – all of the wines in our tasting are 90 points or over in Wine-Searcher. … more

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Two Hands – Australian Shiraz

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 —The early start to winter makes the wine lover’s thoughts turn to hearty wines like Shiraz. And where better to look for stellar Shiraz than Australia’s Barossa & McLaren Vale. Read more …

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Fall Dinner at the New Vintage Conservatory in Yorkville

Now open to non-members a member prices

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 — Winetasters is excited to invite you to our members-only Fall dinner. We have decided to offer members a fine-dining experience, with dishes specially prepared to pair with five wines selected from the club’s cellar. Two executive chefs from the Vintage Conservatory (VC) are busy drafting the menu for a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a wine and culinary journey. The menu will be finalized and posted next week.

A few words about the VC before telling you about the wines we selected. The VC opened in 2010 and it is a private club for “people who collect wine and like to entertain or do business with bottles from their own collections.” The VC expanded this year and on October 1 opened the marvelous Yorkville location, where we will host this special evening. …more

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December 4, 2019 – World Famous Holiday Party

We are excited to announce our annual not-to-be-missed annual holiday extravaganza! The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Osgoode Hall provides the perfect setting for our seasonal party. We will be unveiling some vintage delights from our club’s cellar, including decades-old classics, special old fortified wines and many surprises making their appearance throughout the evening. The event is limited to 160 people so book early to avoid disappointment!

Coming events

March 25, 2020 – Napa Cabernet Sauvignon – Dunn

The Dunn family has been making wine in California since 1979 producing wines from two very different and distinct areas. Howell Mountain fruit, grown at an elevation of 1,400 feet produces more tannic wines which are bold, concentrated and very structured. Those grown on the Napa Valley floor are lush, supple and ripe with more fullness and roundness.  We have a selection of 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 vintages of these outstanding wines. Join us to taste the 100% Cabernet Sauvignons from this highly acclaimed producer

April 22, 2020 – Great Reds

The buying team at Toronto Winetasters reviews the Classic releases at the LCBO on a regular basis. Over the last year, we have been buying those wines from the Classics releases which we feel are outstanding and are fantastic examples of their region. We will have a selection of eight different red grape varieties from their respective regions. It is a fantastic opportunity to discover an excellent variety that you may not be familiar with. Come join us to explore some of the high-quality wines made available through the Classics program.

May 27, 2020 – Chablis 2014 versus 2015

Chablis – the outstanding mineral-driven pure expression of Chardonnay! The 2014 vintage in Chablis was a classic Chablis vintage. Mother Nature blessed the region with a sound growing season resulting in wines which are tense, focused and mineral-driven.  In short, the wines are wonderful. The 2015 vintage had its challenges. Yet, the good producers made quality wines but in an easier style than 2014. We have excellent examples from both vintages for you to explore and discover wines from this iconic region and compare these two different vintages.

June 24, 2020 – 2009 Côte de Nuits – Jadot

It could be argued that wines of Burgundy reflect their terroirs better than any other region in the world. How fabulous is it then to be able to show you a hand-picked selection of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards from one of Burgundy’s best producers – Louis Jadot! All wines shown are from the 2009 vintage which was ranked 95 by Wine Spectator. This will be an outstanding tasting! Book early to avoid disappointment!

September 23, 2020 – Champagne Tasting

Following our hugely successful Grower Champagne event in 2018, we heard your comments and we planned another Champagne tasting! Join us for a fabulous evening of Grower Champagnes mixed in with some of the more well known Grand houses of Champagne. Come pick out your favorites from the stellar line-up. An event not to be missed!

October 28, 2020 – Bordeaux 2000 Super Seconds

How can you go wrong in Bordeaux? Come join us for an exceptional line-up of outstanding second growths from the fabulous 2000 vintage. You will taste Les Forts de Latour, Château Léoville-Barton, Château Pichon Lalande and Château Pichon Baron, Léoville Las-Cases, Château Rauzan-Segla, La Croix de Beaucaillou, and Chateau Latour. Enough said!   These wines are in or entering their fully mature phase, although they will have a decade or two ahead of them still. This should be a real treat.  You won’t find these at any other wine club in Toronto! See you there!

November 25, 2020 – 2010 Tuscany – Chianti versus Brunello

Sangiovese, Italy’s dominant grape variety, produces different wines depending on the clones that are used. In Brunello, a specific clone of Sangiovese produces one of Italy’s most long-lived and noble wines.  Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, Brunello has the longest aging requirements of any grape variety in the world. Chianti, on the other hand, produces savory wines with flavors of prunes, mulberries and leather and earth. Come see what you prefer!  All wines from the outstanding 2010 vintage.

December 9, 2020 – Fabulous Holiday Party

We are excited to announce our annual not-to-be-missed annual holiday extravaganza! The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Osgoode Hall provides the perfect setting for our seasonal party. We will be unveiling some vintage delights from our club’s cellar, including decades-old classics, special old fortified wines and many surprises making their appearance throughout the evening. The event is limited to 160 people so book early to avoid disappointment!

January 27, 2021 – 1994 Vintage Port

Who doesn’t like vintage port? Made in very small quantities and representing only 2% of the entire production in the entire region, vintage port is by far the most renowned type of port. Only made from declared years, a vintage port has concentrated and intense fruit. Barrel aging is very short which allows the port to retain its deep ruby color and fresh fruit aromas. Development of delicious tertiary flavors occurs as the wine matures. We have a selection of vintage ports from the 1994 vintage with such names as Quinta do Noval, Cockburns, Grahams, and Fonseca to name a few. If you like port, we will see you there!

February 24, 2021 – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Caymus

Caymus Vineyards has been producing wine in Napa Valley since 1972. Still, 100% family-owned by the Wagner Family, the estate produces two different Cabernet Sauvignon wines – Caymus Special Selection and a Caymus wine from Napa Valley. The Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine and is only made in good years.  It represents the very best barrels of the vintages where it is created. Both wines have long hang times on the vine creating luscious, suppleness and ripeness of tannins. We have a fabulous selection of both wines from 2005, 2006 and 2007.  This tasting is not to be missed!

March 24, 2021 – Côte Rôtie – 2005

Many wine lovers consider Côte Rôtie to be among the finest and most exotic wines in the world.

The region is very small with only 310 hectares of vines grown in the Côte Rôtie appellation in 2019. It is known for wines that are elegant and seductive with complex flavors of bacon fat, red and black fruits, pepper, earth, spice, and floral notes. 2005 was an excellent vintage in the Northern Rhone. Come see how the wines from the “roasted slope” have faired! We know you will be impressed!

April 28, 2021 – Château Petit-Village

One of Pomerol’s jewels, Château Petit-Village is located on the highest part of the Pomerol plateau. The wines are a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of red berries, violets, truffles, vanilla, and cocoa. We have collected this fantastic producer for many years and have a selection of vintages from 1985-2008 for you to taste.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

May 26, 2021 – Dinner – Australian Shiraz – Two Hands 2007

Australia produces Shiraz that is like no other region – full-bodied, with aromas of spice and pepper, with flavors of blackcurrant, black cherries, chocolate, and blueberries. The flavors are intense and concentrated.  Two Hand’s philosophy “quality without compromise” drives all the winemaking decisions.  Come join us as we pair these premium wines with rich hearty dishes which accentuate and highlight the wines. More details to follow.

June 23, 2021 – Bordeaux Dry Whites 2015

Although only 10% of production in Bordeaux is white, the quality of white wine produced today has never been better! These are age-worthy wines that are brimming with character and that take their place amongst many of the world’s best white wines. Expect complex aromas of ripe citrus, quince and yellow plum with a rich texture and fresh acidity. Join us as we taste several outstanding producers from the 2015 vintage from Pessac-Leognan. A must for white wine lovers and a challenge to see what you are missing if you love reds! They will not disappoint!

September 22, 2021 – Château Ormes de Pez

Château Les Ormes de Pez is one of St-Estèphe`s leading Cru Bourgeois properties. Now owned and run by Jean-Michel Cazes, it is located in the northern part of the St-Estephe commune. The 32 hectares of vineyards are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. These wines are opulent and elegant with robust tannins and a well-rounded structure. We have a fabulous vertical tasting from 1988 to 2004.  This tasting will be outstanding, as the wines are fully mature!

October 27, 2021 – 2010 Spain – A Tempranillo Tour

How well do you know Tempranillo? It is a grape with many different expressions depending on the region it is grown. We have a fantastic selection of tempranillo (and blends) from Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Toro for you to taste. Come see which is your favorite.

November 24, 2021 – Oreno Vertical

Oreno is an award-winning Super Tuscan from Tenuta Sette Ponti. One of the top five IGT wines from Tuscany, Oreno is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a small addition of Petit Verdot. The wines will have a great aromatic richness with a complex bouquet of black currants, blackberries, leather, spice, and balsamic notes. Flavors are intense and complex with a lasting finish. We have a vertical tasting of Oreno wines from 2006 to 2013. A tasting not to be missed!

December 8, 2021 – Outstanding Holiday Party

Every year in December we open our fabulous cellar by selecting several unbelievable gems that are not to be found in any other cellar in Toronto! We welcome you to our annual not-to-be-missed holiday extravaganza! We will be unveiling some vintage delights from our club’s cellar, including decades-old classics, special old fortified wines and many surprises making their appearance throughout the evening. The event is limited to 160 people so book early to avoid disappointment!