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.
Winetasters@Home Event Series
Hello, fellow winetasters. Here is our tentative schedule for our @home events. We will keep you posted on pricing, limits, delivery options, etc. but want to share our plan with you. Registration will vary, and payments will be by Interac transfers.
November 25, 2020 – This evening, we will be hosting a Zoom Bingo Night that includes wine, food, socially distanced camaraderie, and prizes! You will enjoy wines both from our own cellar and from Valenciso Winery, as well as house-made charcuterie prepared by Chef Jon Williams of the Vintage Conservatory. Our friend Cyndi Grossman of Mellecey Wine Group has put this event together for us and we expect it to be a delightful change of pace in the midst of our all too routine lives right now.
More details were provided to those on our mailing lists.
December 2020 – Spend an evening with Thomas Bachelor tasting Clos Jordanne wines. Participants in this event will receive 1 x 2 OZ 2005 La Petite Vyrd Pinot Noir, 1 x 2 OZ 2005 Le Clos Vnyd Pinot Noir, and other wines from the winery. There will be only 23* portions of the 2005 wines available for purchase.
January 2021 – Warm up a cold January night by sipping 25-year-old ports. Participants in this event will receive 8 x 2 OZ 1994 Port from Portugal’s best producers. There will be only 23* portions of the 2005 wines available for purchase.
February 2021 – Enjoy a catered dinner with dishes paired to match a rare 2009 Oremus Mandolás (Vega Sicilia’s dry Hungrain Tokay), a 2010 CVNE Rioja Reserva Imperial, and a hard to find Constance et Terrassous Rivesaltes Hors d’Age 6 Ans. There will be 23* wine portions (8 OZs of the 3 wines) available for purchase.
March 2021 – Spend an evening tasting Stratus wines. Participants in this event will receive 1 x 4 OZ 2007 Stratus Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 x 4 OZ 2007 Stratus Cabernet Franc, and (Insert wines from the winery). There will be only 23 portions of the 2007 wines available for purchase.
April 2021 – Support your favorite Italian restaurant by ordering takeout and enjoying well-aged Aglianico based wines from Winetasters’ cellar. Participants in this event will receive 1 x 8 OZ 2009 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva and 1 x 8 OZ 2011 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici. Closer to the event date, we will also explore whether there are other Taurasi wines available at the LCBO. There will be 18 wine portions available for purchase.
May 2021 – explore Burgundy’s 2005 vintage with eight wines from Domaine Chanson. Participants in this event will receive 8 x 2 OZ 2005 red Burgundy wines from Domaine Chanson. There will be 23* portions available for purchase.
June 2021 – The weather will be turning warmer and perhaps your thoughts will be drifting toward big wines to enjoy with some BBQ. Start the grilling season off by enjoying a catered dinner with dishes paired to match Australia’s Two Hands Shiraz.
Our Extensive Cellar
Fortunately, our Winetasters know that the wine only gets better with age and our cellar is resting nicely, waiting to re-emerge for us. In the meantime, our buying committee has put a tremendous amount of work into planning 10 years’ worth of tastings! They have studied our 3000+ cellar thoroughly and made an enticing 10-year plan for most of our wines.
You can see more of our 10-year plan. This careful planning has allowed us to now continue with a well thought out buying plan to fill any holes in these tastings, and to ensure that we can be prepared to purchase the wines we need when they come available. This plan also helps us to organize more insightful information for you about the wines and to recruit high-quality speakers.
We do hope that you all consider maintaining your membership with us despite the current restriction on gatherings as we still have costs associated with storing the wine, other overhead expenses, and wine purchasing for the gaps. The people that maintain their Winetasters membership will also benefit from special pricing for our new “ultra-premium” tastings. Every 3 years, Winetasters will hold one ultra-premium tasting that includes rare and high-value wines. For these tastings, multi-year members will be invited to participate first and will be afforded an opportunity to taste these wines at a preferred member’s price. Guests and new members may participate if the room still exists, but they will pay the market rate to taste at these premium events. We plan to hold the first ultra-premium tasting in 2022 featuring the wines of E. Guigal, including the 2012 La Landonne and La Mouline.
For this year’s membership, we are offering a discounted rate of $40.00 per person to maintain your status with the club. We plan to host all of our virtual events on our usual dates, which are the last Wednesday of every month, so please block your calendars now. Those members who are active will also be invited to our first Winetasters at a Home dinner event, scheduled for this August 26th, and will feature Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Port wines from our cellar. Click here to renew your membership. For single members use promo code WT15 to save $15. For dual members use promo WT30 to save $30.
Some of you signed up for the two-year single membership plan. Thank you. You are good to go with our virtual tastings and dinners.
Please let us know your thoughts on our new plans for our club, and we hope you will continue your membership with us. We all look forward to being able to meet again and share our love of wine as we always have, and hopefully, our plan to adapt allows us all to feel that we still can enjoy that camaraderie, even while we are apart.
Stay safe and stay sane!
Your WineTasters Board