2023 Holiday Party

Tuesday 12th – St Pauls’s, Bloor Street

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice as Santa will soon bring you the annual Winetasters’ Holiday Party. Last year our members were a thirsty lot. Santa learned his lesson and his sack will include extra wine and food this year. 

The cellar elves have been busy and already pulled over 100 bottles to bring to the event. There will be lots of Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as some special bottles from around the globe. We’ll provide further details in a future communication. For now, you’ll find some featured wines listed below. We need to also highlight that this year’s featured wine is a 1912 D’Oliveiras Verdelho Vintage Madeira. Tickets for this wine are $50 for a pour, which is at least 50% less than the wine’s fair value. There will be less than 40 pours available so register early if you want to make sure that you will get to taste this 111-year-old gem.

This walk-around event is once again in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street East.   The Great Hall was the original church on the site, built in the 1840s.  It’s a lovely example of Gothic architecture that is also conveniently located a short walk from Bloor Station and close to ample parking. 

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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 five serving tables. Each will have a selection of wines at the start of the evening, both red and white. When you arrive you will be given a packet including a list of the initial set of wines and where to find them. Serving tables will be replenished throughout the evening. The new wines will be 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. Eighty percent of the wines are single-bottle lots only. After 20 or so pours they are gone.

Your packet includes an initial allocation of 70 tickets to buy tasting samples (~1 OZ each) at the serving tables. Pricing of the pour starts at 2 tickets.  If you find yourself in need of additional tickets they can be purchased at the desk at the event for $1 each (cash or credit).

The Wines

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

Vintage Wine
1978 Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien, France
1985 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
1985 Domaine Pothier-Rieusset Les Rugiens, Pommard Premier Cru, France
1987 Maison Jaffelin Les Champimonts, Beaune Premier Cru, France
1987 Maison Jaffelin Pommard, Cote de Beaune, France
1988 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, France
1990 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, France
1990 Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France
1994 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France
1995 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France
1999 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes, Rhone, France
2000 Joseph Drouhin Les Baudes, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, France
2000 Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
2000 Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Les Charmes, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, France
2002 Domaine Bourillon Dorléans Vouvray Moëlleux Château Chevrier, Loire, France
2002 Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Syrah Reserve, France
2003 Domaine Bourillon Dorleans Vouvray La Bourdonnerie Demi Sec, Loire, France
2004 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Rhone, France
2004 Henri Boillot Les Baudines, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, France
2004 Domaine Louis Moreau Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru, France
2004 PulignyJean Boillot & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère la Mouchere, Burgundy, France
2005 Chanson Pere & Fils Blagny, Meursault Premier Cru, France
2007 Remoissenet Pere & Fils Morgeot, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, France
2009 Henri Boillot Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, France
2009 Henri Boillot Meursault, , Cote de Beaune, France
2009 Chanson Pere & Fils Perrieres, Meursault Premier Cru, France
Other Old World
Vintage Wine
1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal
1995 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
1995 Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo DOCG, Italy
1998 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany
1999 Balthasar Ress Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany
2000 Marchesi Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano ‘Mormoreto’ Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy
2001 Rioja Gran Bodegas Muga ‘Prado Enea’ Gran Reserva, Prado Enea – Muga
2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal
2009 Gran Vino Pazo Barrantes Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
2010 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa, Spain
New World
1986 Brown Brothers Koombahla Cabernet Sauvignon, King Valley, Australia
1993 Penfolds Grange Bin 95, Australia
1996 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
1997 Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz – Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia
2000 Beringer Vineyards Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, USA
2000 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2000 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2001 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
2002 Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia
2005 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina
2006 Ventisquero Syrah Pangea Syrah, Colchagua Valley, Chile
2010 Mount Pleasant Single Vineyard Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia
2011 Catena Zapata ‘Catena Alta’ Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina
2011 Henry of Pelham Select Late Harvest Vidal, Ontario, Canada
2012 Southbrook Vineyards Poetica Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Feature Wine – 1912 D’Oliveiras Verdelho Vintage Madeira

Toronto Winetasters is known for its Feature Wine at the Holiday party: a very old Port or Madeira.  This year we’ve dug deep into the cellar and are excited to pour a rare Verdelho Madeira.   This is a fantastic opportunity – it’s not every day you can taste a 111 year-old wine! Madeira is famed for its longevity and this will be a real treat.  For context: 1912 is remembered as the year when the Republic of China is established, Arizona becomes the 48th state, the Titanic sinks, and Woodrow Wilson is elected president. You will be tasting history!

This rare and valuable wine is in limited to less than 40 pours.


Register here.  You will receive a confirmation email.
Cancellations accepted up to December 1, 2022 – Cindy Taylor (416.458.3147). No reservations by phone, please.

As always with tastings, please ask your guests not to wear aftershave, cologne or perfume. We do get 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.

And, of course, do not drink and drive.  The subway is very nearby.

The 411:
Location:     St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E
Date:           Tuesday, December 12
Registration: 6:00 PM
Tasting:     6:30 PM
Fees:                Members of Toronto Winetasters or Toronto Vintners $150;  Non-Members $200.  HST Included
1912 Madeira   $50