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Wine Events in Toronto

The scope of this site is limited to the major wine shows and wine related charity functions in Toronto that recur on an annual basis.  However, there are many other wine events that take place.

Wine producers pass through Toronto on a regular basis to participate in trade and/or consumer tastings.  Their agency may also sponsor a dinner featuring their wines.  Some agencies hold an annual tasting to showcase their products.  It is a good idea to sign up for agency e-newsletters if these events are of interest       

It also helps to belong to a wine club as they may provide event information in their member communications.   The Toronto section of LocalWineEvents.com is another possible source for information.  

There are three categories for major events: 

See below for a detailed listing for each category.  Note that the month that the event usually takes place in is listed as a default entry, and a specific date is entered when known.  You can obtain further information, including how to obtain a ticket, via the link and/or contact information listed.

If you want to organize or outsource an event with a wine or food/wine theme, whether consumer or corporate, follow the Event Planning link.

 

   

International Wine Shows

Wine ShowA number of countries and California host an annual show for their wines.  One inclusive price (typically between $60 and $70) allows unlimited drinking for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  You must however acquire your ticket in advance for legal reasons.  These shows provide a great opportunity to broaden your taste buds at a reasonable price especially when many of the wines may not be available at the LCBO.  If you find something you really like, you can then make arrangements directly with the producer's wine agency to acquire a case.   

   

Country/Region

Contact

Phone

Date

       
California California Wine 1-800-558-2675 April 7
New Zealand Robert Ketchin 1-705-444-0195 May 8
Germany Lisa Ulrich 905-637-2100 2015
Chile Lisa Ulrich 905-637-2100 October 28
   


Other Wine Shows

Wine ShowThe Good Food & Drink Festival and the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo allow the major wine agencies in Toronto to demonstrate the products that they have on offer - both LCBO general listing and other.  Major wine making countries such as Argentina, Australia, Chile and Spain generally have booths to promote their wines.  You will also find various cuisines, cheeses and snacks available as well as selected accessories.  

In addition, the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has tutored tastings covering a wide range of topics.  There is a lower base price to get into these two shows and you can acquire your ticket at the door.  However, you then have to buy tickets to actually consume anything.

County In The City features boutique wineries from Prince Edward County.

The Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival is an outdoor festival taking place on the waterfront.

The Ontario Wine Awards were founded in 1995 by Tony Aspler to recognize the growth and quality of the Ontario wine industry.  Sip & Savour Ontario was subsequently developed as a means of publicly showcasing these award-winning VQA wines, and pairing them with local cuisine prepared by some of Ontario's most celebrated chefs.  

The Vintages Auction & Gala begins with a three-course dinner and reception featuring all 100-point wines.  It is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best wines in the world.    

   

Function

Contact Phone

Date

       
The Good Food & Drink Festival     April 3-6
County In The City     April 3
Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival     June 19-21
Sip & Savour Ontario Sandy Kurbis 416-398-3335 #2 2015
Vintages Auction & Dinner John Yoxall 416-365-5767 Oct
Gourmet Food & Wine Expo     Nov 20-23
     
   

Charity Functions

Charity FunctionFundraisers with a wine theme are becoming increasingly popular for charities. The fundraiser might consist of an auction of rare wines, a high priced tasting, a food and wine experience with a visiting notable, or all of the above.  

If you are the organizer of a charity function and want to publicize it, send an email to Ian Campbell, Executive Director of Drinks Ontario, who distributes a detailed event listing to the wine trade on a regular basis.  Also contact the publications / people listed under Publications    

If wine is being donated to your charity auction, your donors can get a tax receipt for the appraised value.  If you don't already have an appraiser on board, I suggest touching base with Irongate

If you buy a wine at auction, you may be able to treat the amount in excess of the appraised value as a charitable donation for tax purposes.  You should check with the organizers beforehand. 

     
   

Function

Contact

Phone

Date

       
Canadian Opera Company Fine Wine Auction Tracy Briggs 416-306-2305 April 24
The Lifford Grand Tasting     May 6
Toronto General Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival Marni McKenzie 416-340-4800 #4544

Oct

TSO Fine Wine Auction Linda McGeown 416-593-7769 #359 Nov
     

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                                                                    Last Updated:    April 11, 2014