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)
Dinner at Boland’s Open Kitchen – (March 8, 2017) Our winter has been a little grey! To get us out of the winter humdrums Winetasters will be hosting a dinner in place of our regular March tasting. We will be at the well-established local restaurant, Boland’s Open Kitchen, located on Mount Pleasant Road. It is owned and operated by Chris Boland who has been involved in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. He brings an impressive history including ownership in Telfers, Trappers, The Tasting Rooms and now Boland’s Open Kitchen, together with an immense enthusiasm for both food and wine. Boland’s has a comfortable atmosphere that encourages good conversation with the enjoyment of the food and wine. (more …)
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 another popular grape type, with both old world and new world examples, including the grassy, herby wines of New Zealand, the smoky Fumés and Sancerres of the upper Loire Valley and, for a little contrast, the effect of blending with Semillon, which of course, produces the legendary white Bordeaux.
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, March 8, 2017) — Our winter has been a little grey! To get us out of the winter humdrums Winetasters will be hosting a dinner in place of our regular March tasting. We will be at the well-established local restaurant, Boland’s Open Kitchen, located on Mount Pleasant Road. It is owned and operated by Chris […]
(Wednesday, February 8, 2017) — Over the last couple of years, Winetasters has had the pleasure of enjoying classic “old” Vintage Ports from the 1960’s and 1970’s. But for something a little different, we are now ready to have a look at a “younger” vintage, both to provide some variety and to see how the excellent […]
(Wednesday, January 11, 2017) — Something different from Winetasters: a “Try and Buy” tasting event. And the theme is premium Spanish red wines that are currently available (through consignment) and ready to drink, but also with excellent aging potential. Why Spanish reds? Unlike so many areas in the wine world, Spain has a long tradition of aging […]
(Wednesday, December 14, 2016) — “Wait a minute… that’s not milk and cookies. That’s a 1966 Château Lafite-Rothschild! Ho, ho, ho! And over there… why it’s a 1966 Château d’Yquem – just look at that colour! And both of them are 50 years old and still going strong. Someone certainly knows what Santa likes… ho, ho, […]
(Wednesday, November 9, 2016) — The tasting you have been waiting for – 1990 Bordeaux. In Tony Aspler’s words: “The 1990 vintage in Bordeaux was one of the best of the 20th century. These wines, from a very warm year, are drinking beautifully now. For claret lovers this is a unique opportunity to taste some […]
(Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 & 26, 2016) — Our first dinner this season will be at a well established local restaurant, Melanie’s Bistro and Patisserie. It is convientlently located on the Danforth, midway between the Coxwell and Woodbine subway stops. It is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. Arul Chettiar is […]
(Wednesday, October 12, 2016) — Majestic Syrah, from the famous Hermitage to the massive Aussie icons, is judged by most to be the equal of, or at least second only to, Cabernet Sauvignon for making the world’s best full-bodied red wines. And what’s maybe equally notable is how this superb grape has found success in so […]
(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 […]