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Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Tristan B » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:40 pm

Anyone here live in the Toronto area? Looking to join or start up a wine group.
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Peter May » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:32 am

There's an active wine tasting group that meets in the University Faculty Club focused on South African wines.

See www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
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by Tristan B » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:19 pm

I haven't actually had any wines form South Africa before.
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Ted Richards » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:36 pm

There are a number of wine tasting clubs in Toronto, many country-specific. The largest (I think), second oldest, and one I used to run (along with others) is the Toronto Winetasters: https://winetasters.ca/.

They meet on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August, with a different theme each month, usually a vertical or horizontal tasting, or sometimes an A vs B (e.g. Ontario Pinot Noir vs Burgundy). Their December event is a Christmas party, lately at Osgoode Hall, where wines anywhere from a few years to a few centuries old are available for tasting (they've twice had 200-year-old Madeiras).

Other clubs include

There used to be clubs for German, American, French, Italian, Port, Portuguese(?) and Madeira wines, but I think they've mostly gone by the wayside.
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by Tristan B » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:45 pm

Are these all groups that require a monthly subscription?
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Ted Richards » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:44 pm

Tristan B wrote:Are these all groups that require a monthly subscription?


Generally, there's an annual membership fee (which pays for mailings and overhead and helps build up the cellar for future tastings), plus a cost per tasting attended. I'm not sure if the Spanish Wine Society has a membership fee.

Note that these are large tastings for 40-120 members and guests, not small groups in peoples' homes. Toronto Winetasters, and probably most others, allow non-members to attend at a higher rate, provided the tasting is not sold out,
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Tristan B » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:06 pm

Do you know how I could reach the
Toronto wine tasters?
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Ted Richards » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:21 pm

Tristan B wrote:Do you know how I could reach the
Toronto wine tasters?


Click on the link in my first posting for their web site. You can contact them to ask a question or book the next tasting on line. If you still have questions, I'm still a member (and I'll definitely be at the February Sauternes tasting).
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Jenise » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:03 pm

Tristan, you might also inquire at your LCB's about small local groups that meet in each other's homes.
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Tristan B » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:29 pm

How would I got about doing that?
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Jenise » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 pm

It's not an official service offered, but it's true that wine shops (and maybe smaller independent wine shops more than the big gummint-run guys) get asked all the time from newbies moving into an area about wine groups that might accept new members. So you just have to ask around. I'm in a group here that meets in people's homes, and over time we've added two people who found us via a small local indie wine shop.
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Tristan B » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:21 pm

I have never seen a small wine store here. 99% LCBO‘s (government run).
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Re: Wine Group Toronto, Canada

by Jenise » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:27 pm

Tristan B wrote:I have never seen a small wine store here. 99% LCBO‘s (government run).


I understand. I live about five miles as the crow flies from the Can-Am border, but on the opposite side of the continent from you. BC, which is the most draconian province when it comes to import duty, has several independent wine stores so I figured Toronto might also.
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