2019 Winetasters Holiday Party at Osgoode Hall

(Wednesday, December 4, 2019) — Santa Baby, slip a 1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild under the tree – for me”.  Ok, maybe it isn’t quite what Eartha Kitt sang, but I’m sure she would have been happy with that little gift from Santa nonetheless.

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We know that you’ve all been good this year and deserve a little holiday cheer, so you are invited to our not-to-be-missed annual holiday wine tasting extravaganza!  Once again, we’ll be at The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Osgoode Hall restaurant –   one of Toronto’s best kept secrets and the perfect setting for our annual party.

As we have done for many years, members and guests get to be amazed by a carefully chosen array of perfectly-aged vinous treasures from the extensive Winetasters cellar. Matched with them will be a mouth-watering selection of meats, cheeses, breads, veggies, and sweets – enough to make a meal and to perfectly complement the wines.

How The Event Works

It’s a walk around party, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialize.  The wines are set out at six serving tables. Each will have a selection of wines at the start of the evening, both red and white as well as “others” (Armagnac, whiskey, port, etc). When you arrive you will be given a list of the initial set of wines and where to find them.   And then, as the first wines run out, look for top-quality replacement surprises throughout the evening. These will be prominently identified at the various stations as the wines appear, so look out for the “pink” signs, or just listen for the buzz in the room.

Note that some of the wines mentioned will be in the initial flight and some will come out later. You may have to be patient for your favorite wine to appear! Note also that for some wines we have only a single bottle available.

On arrival, you will be given an initial allocation of 40 tickets to buy tasting samples.  The price of each taste is 3 tickets and upward.  If you find yourself in need of additional tickets they can be purchased at the desk at the event for $1 each.  Cash is preferred.

The Wines

We’ll be posting more info closer to the event, but you’ll have a chance to sample some rare finds, like:

  • 2006 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains – Chanson
  • 1996 Vouvray Moelleux, Ch Chevrier – Domaine Bourillon
  • 1989 Vosne-Romanée, 1er Cru Les Suchots – Remoissenet Père & Fils
  • 1999 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint Jacques – Jadot
  • 1999 Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Château de Beaucastel
  • 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon – Rutherford Hill (23rd Anniv)
  • And of course the above noted 1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild


Featured Wine

Toronto Winetasters is known for its Feature Wine at the Christmas party: a very old Port or Madeira.  This year we are pleased to offer the 1934 Verdelho Madeira – Justino’s.   The wine is in limited supply, so it’s first come first served!  You will reserve your sample when you register.


And, as you are all judged to be good, you’ll get a taste of a bubbly or two from Santa who will be appearing during the evening.

Refunds net of Eventbrite fee up to 7 days before the event. Inquiries, cancellations — (Cindy Taylor, 416.458.3147 evenings only). No reservations by phone, please.  First, come basis with a priority for members.

No mail confirmations will be issued—you will be contacted only if we are sold out. The Supplies of the 1934 Madeira are limited and will be allocated to the earlier responders.

As always with tastings, please ask your guests not to wear aftershave, cologne or perfume. We do get many first-timers at our event who may not be familiar with our etiquette. A scent-free environment ensures we all get to fully experience this exceptional assembly of wines.

Date: Wednesday, December, 4th, 2019
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Limit: 150 people
Members: $135 including HST of $15.53*
Guests: $155 including HST of $17.83*

Madeira:  $35 per serving including HST of $4.02*

*In addition price includes and Eventbrite processing fee of 2% + C$0.59 per ticket


Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6
Osgoode Hall is located on the northeast corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue, just steps from the Osgoode subway station.
Do Not Drink and Drive

GST/HST account: 844742619 RT0001

Business Name: Winetasters Society of Toronto


Starting Wines

  1. 2009 Chardonnay, Ridge
  2. 2009 Riesling – Rolly Gassmann
  3. 2009 Jadot Moulin-a-Vent de Rochegres Chateau des Jacques
  4. 1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild
  5. 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial – CVNE
  6. NV Fonseca 20 year Tawny
  7. 2009 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains – Mount Eden
  8. 2009 Riesling, Kappelweg – Rolly Gassmann
  9. 2006 Moulin-a-Vent Champ do Cour Jadot
  10. 1995 Chateau Trotanoy
  11. 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve – Beringer
  12. 2002 Escudo Rojo Maipo – Baron Phillipe Rothschild
  13. 2009 Chateau de Cruzeau blanc
  14. 2009 Bourgogne – Henri Boillot
  15. 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon – Thelema
  16. 1989 Chateau Cantemerle
  17. 1994 Ornellaia – Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia
  18. 1989 Vosne-Romanée, 1er Cru Les Suchots – Remoissenet Père & Fils
  19. 2004 Chateau Laville Haut-Brion
  20. 2009 Clos Marsalette blanc
  21. 1990 Pommard, Les Chaponnières 1er Cru – Dom Parent
  22. 1989 Chateau Liversan
  23. 2007 Pinot Noir – Foxtrot
  24. 1997 Chianti Classico Riserva – Fontodi
  25. 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Colles – Gross
  26. 2009 Chateau Fombrauge blanc
  27. 1997 Chateau Trotanoy
  28. 1999 Shiraz, Ares – Two Hands
  29. 2004 Merlot, Cuvée Alexandre, Apalta Vineyard – Casa Lapostolle
  30. 2003 Vintage Port – Warre’s
  31. 2007 Riesling, Pflaenzerreben – Rolly Gassmann
  32. 2013 Sancerre, d’Antan – Henri Bourgeois
  33. 1999 Chateau Trotanoy
  34. 2004 Cain Five – Cain Cellars
  35. 2004 Rioja Reserva Tondonia – Lopez Heredia
  36. 1999 Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Château de Beaucastel

Many others to follow.