What is Vintage Assessments?
VINTAGE ASSESSMENTS is not a fancy website delivering inflated sky-high scores or paid-for reviews. It is dedicated to providing critical honest reviews with realistic scores for consumers. Since 1990 Michael Vaughan has personally reviewed every LCBO Vintages Release - more than 55,000 Vintages items. His tasting notes are based on the classic ISO tasting glass. An internationally-accredited wine judge & a founding director of the SOCIETY OF WINE EDUCATORS at UC Davis, Michael is one of Canada’s leading wine reviewers. For 9 years he was the award-winning weekly columnist at the NATIONAL POST. Also the wine columnist at the GLOBE & MAIL, FINANCIAL POST, FINANCIAL TIMES OF CANADA, TORONTO LIFE MAGAZINE, etc. Tasting over 7,000 bottles of wines & spirits annually, VINTAGE ASSESSMENTS offers DETAILED CONSISTENT CRITICAL REVIEWS of every item presented in each VINTAGES RELEASE. It also focuses on special wines & spirits available privately from agents, Ontario winery-only selections and upcoming consignment wines.
Also contriburiing is TONY ASPLER a long time columnist at the TORONTO STAR & recipient of the Order of Canada for his philanthropic work. Both Tony & Michael are members of the London-based Circle of Wine Writers and have judged wine & spirit competitions around the world. Together they are considered to be the most experienced, knowlegeable and trustworthy pair of wine critics in Canada.
Subscribers receive exclusive advance detailed confidential iinformation on each biweekly Vintages release along with unannounced LCBO sales.
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