Overview

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.

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New members, joining on or after December 1, 2018, become members for both the 2018 – 2019 and the 2019 -2020 membership year. The membership year ends June 30.


2017 – 2018 Monthly Events

Please note that the dates for upcoming events from April 2018 on have changed from the second Wednesday of each month to the 4th Wednesday.

Judgement of Paris (Ont.) – Chardonnay – Niagara vs Burgundy

(Wednesday, June 27, 2018) — For our last tasting of the season so close to Canada Day, we thought it would be a great to celebrate something we can all be proud of; that is the ascension of Ontario wines to world class status. more …

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Our tasting events are held on the fourth 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).


2018 – 2019 Monthly Events

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

September 26 – 40 th Anniversary Party:  (doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!).  A celebration calls for Champagne!  But, do you think that Wine Tasters would celebrate simply with champagne from one of the big houses?  We are having a reception / tasting featuring “Producer Champagnes” – wines made by artisanal producers who grow their own grapes and make unique and memorable wines More similar to our famous Holiday Parties than a regular tasting, it will be at Osgoode Hall and feature some light food to go with the wines.  As well there will be an expert introduction to Grower Champagnes by Stephen Cohen whose agency imports an impressive array of these wines.  Come on out to learn what these wines are all about, to mingle with fellow members, and to celebrate!

October 24 – Ch Bon Pasteur vertical: This is Michel Rolland’s home estate in Pomerol.  Known for rich, seductive, even opulent wines; this tasting will be a hedonist’s delight.  Merlot as it should be.  Our time travel starts in 1996 (rated 9/10 in Bordeaux by Berry Bros), and ends in 2003 (Bon Pasteur was more successful than most in this difficult vintage).   So you will be tasting wines that are in their prime.   If you think Merlot is passé, come out to this event for a reality check.

November 28 – 2006 Cote-Rôtie:  Home of quintessential fine, complex, age-worthy, Syrah often spiced with a dab of Viognier. 2006 was an excellent year. Our tasting features top producers like Rostaing, Bonnefond, Delas and includes the best sites like La Landonne, Cote Blonde. These wines are just starting to hit their stride; the event will appeal both to those who want to experience the best Cote- Rôtie as well as those who have these wines in their cellar and want to see where they are at without sacrificing a precious bottle.

December 12 – Holiday Party at Osgoode Hall:  Our Holiday party is famous. This will be our second year at Osgoode Hall, downtown’s hidden secret. The panelled walls, stained glass & chandeliers set the festive spirit. We think this is the perfect setting to unveil 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. Look on our web site nearer the time for this year’s selections. In addition Chef Foley will be preparing seasonal classic food for us. This is the perfect prelude to the Holiday.

(Note that this is NOT the 4th Wednesday!)

January 23 – Starting a Cellar:  Every two weeks the LCBO has a much anticipated wine release.  Many of these wines are for immediate consumption but there are a few gems in every bi-weekly release which are worthy of some maturation and will improve in the right cellar conditions.  Come join us as we lead you through a tasting of some cellar worthy offerings from recent releases.

February 27 – An Exploration of Port:  This is the perfect introduction to Port, featuring the different styles: Vintage Port, Late Bottled Vintage Port, Colheita and Tawnies (including the Fonseca 20 and 40 year Twanies!). A chance for you to see what you get at different price points, as well for the effort of cellaring (and serving) a vintage port versus a Tawny or LBV.

March 27 – 2009 White Burgundy – Henri Boillot:  One of the top producers for white Burgundy, this tasting a comparison of Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet village and 1er Crus wines. 2009 was an excellent year. It is offers a terrific opportunity to taste top quality white Burgundy that is just entering its mature phase.

April 24 – 2006 Barolo & Barberesco:  Nebbiolo is one of Italy’s best red wine grapes. Its wines are noble, fruity and tannic with great aging potential. Barolo is probably the pre-eminent region for Nebbiolo, but Barbaresco is not far behind. Both are in the Langhe, near Piedmont. The wines combine power, elegance & floral notes. Barolo particularly is often described as Tar and Roses! Our tasting includes four from each region so you have a great opportunity to compare their two styles – their similarities and their differences.

May 22 – Great Whites:  White wine too often takes a back seat to red. Quality levels for white wines continue to improve in many of the wine producing regions of the world with a focus on concentration and purity of flavours. For example, some Italian wines are consistently winning awards for the quality of the wines. Come try some interesting whites that may surprise you from a stellar line up of terrific white wines from around the world. We promise not to disappoint!

June 26 – TBA

Events (next and past)

Ontario vs Burgundy – You be the judge!

(Wednesday, June 27, 2018) — For our last tasting of the season so close to Canada Day, we thought it would be a great to celebrate something we can all be proud of; that is the ascension of Ontario wines to world class status. Recently we attended a tasting that Moray Tawse has been hosting for […]

Chanson Clos des Feves & Jadot Clos des Ursules

(Wednesday, May 23, 2018) — Domaine Chanson is a storied Burgundian Domaine, founded in the mid-18th Century. Run as a family firm for over two centuries, it was somewhat under the radar in the latter part of the twentieth century. In 1999 there was significant investment by the Bollinger group which led to the Domaine and […]

Mitolo Australian Single Vineyard “G.A.M” Shiraz

(Wednesday, April 25, 2018) — Originally Persian grapes, Australian terroir and an Italian heritage…wonderful things go into Mitolo Shiraz, don’t they? Register online. Register by mail. When the Mitolo family arrived in Australia in the 1950s they brought their Abruzzo region ethos – “forte e gentile” or “strong and gentle”.  And that is what you find in […]

Mature Ports 1960’s and 70’s

(Wednesday, March 14, 2018) — Last year we examined a group of Ports from the 1990’s to see how these younger wines were developing. This year, we will take the opposite approach and see how a group of older Ports have matured. They are these: 1963: Cockburn’s, Martinez 1966: Croft, Taylor’s 1967: Cockburn’s (English bottling) 1970: […]

Winter Dinner – Revere on the Danforth

(Monday, February 26, 2018) — For our Winter Dinner we go to Revere, a culinary bright spot on the Danforth, East of Pape. Revere was opened on September 16, 2016 by Chef James Harrison and General Manager Sean Clarke. Revere is a restaurant that is not only an expression of what these two admire and […]

2001 Sauternes “Hello Sweetie”

(Wednesday, February 14, 2018) —  What is more appropriate for a Valentine’s Day tasting than incredible dessert wines?   Our tasting features an outstanding vintage of one of the world’s outstanding regions for dessert wines. Sauterne’s location at the southern end of Bordeaux, and its climate allow, in good years, the growth of Botrytis Cinerea (Noble […]

Rioja Gran Reserva Off-the-shelf Maturity

(Wednesday, January 10, 2018) — Reserva, and more especially Gran Reserva, Rioja have a special characteristic that savvy wine lovers appreciate. They are only released after significant aging at the winery. This makes then especially useful when you need an off-the-shelf bottle for immediate drinking that nonetheless has some maturity. Of course the wines can also […]

2017 Holiday Party at Osgoode Hall

(Wednesday, December 13, 2017) — We are excited to announce the new location for our not-to-be-missed annual holiday extravaganza. The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Osgoode Hall restaurant is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets; and it provides the perfect setting for our seasonal party. Register online. Register by mail. Osgoode Hall is a landmark building in […]

Pauillac v St Estephe Location, Location, Location! …and AGM

(Wednesday, November 8, 2017) — Ah Bordeaux…home to some of the finest and most storied wines and wine appellations in the world.  Following our “Napa Knockdown” last month, our November tasting compares two Bordeaux properties, Haut-Bages Averous in Pauillac, and Les Ormes de Pez in St Estèphe.   These are both managed by JM Cazes, owners of […]

Napa Knockdown

(Wednesday, October 11, 2017) — Two of the finest wineries in the Napa are Heitz Cellars and Chateau Montelena. In October we will compare their Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the white category in the 1976 Judgement of Paris that so changed the wine world. Their Cab is every bit as good. Heitz Cellars has […]

Brunello di Montalcino Old & New

(Wednesday, September 13, 2017) You had me at “Brunello” The other Sangiovese Register online. Register by mail. Without the Biondi-Santi family, there would be no Brunello. When Clemente Santi noticed that some of his vines grew compact, thick skinned grapes producing more expressive wines than his other Sangiovese stock, he set in motion a movement to produce […]

Two Hands Shiraz – Already an Aussie Legend

          (Wednesday, June 14, 2017) — We are delighted to offer this tasting of premium Shiraz from the young, yet already legendary, Two Hands winery in South Australia. The winery was originally rooted in Barossa and McLaren vale but now covers a much wider span. Originally founded just before the turn of […]