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An award-winnng
columnist for Canada's top newpapers - the Globe & Mail and National Post, along with numeous magazines.
This website is dedicated to individuals with discerning tastes, including professional buyers, sommeliers and licensees in search of quality.
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Bi-Weekly Vintages Delistings

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May 30 Vintages Release
Detailed linked reviews and summaries for all 122 releases

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The fourth annual Kampai Toronto sake festival, hosted by the Sake Institute of Ontario, returns to the Distillery District Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane). Sip sake from 140 different Japanese and North American breweries accompnied by treats courtesy of Dailo, Ki Modern Japanese, Don Don Izakaya, Blowfish and others. Tickets $70.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gambero Rosso’s Best of Italy 2015
At the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto
Currelly Gallery, Main Level
Walk-around Tasting: 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Price: $95 per person
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Saturday/Sunday - June 6 - 7, 2015

June 6 & 7, 2015  ~ 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Graze the Bench is not your traditional passport program… we promote more of a “laze and graze” approach.
Check out the VIP Pass today
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

over 60 sparklers from Prosecco & Cava to Champagne
the Corus Quay - Atrium (Queens Quay & Lower Jarvis)
25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Walk-around Tasting: 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Price: $99 per person

Great Summer Theatre
The 2015 Stratford Season
Hamlet / The Taming of the Shrew/ Love’s Labour’s Lost / The Adventures of Pericles / The Sound of Music / Carousel / The Diary of Anne Frank / She Stoops to Conquer /
The Physicists/ Oedipus Rex / The Alchemist / Possible Worlds / The Last Wife

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The Shaw Festival
From the Broadway hit musical Sweet Charity, a contemporary take on the timeless Shaw classic Pygmalion; the world premiere of The Divine – a play especially written for The Shaw by Michel Marc Bouchard; and the adventurous Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher; check out the 2015 playbill

coming up
26th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Lunenburg, Sunday August 2, 2015
Discovering Nova Scotia Treasures
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May 16 Vintage Assessments

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See our linked Summary of all 134 reviews
May 16 Recommended & Best Buy Summary

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226 AirMiles & 267 LTOs

Until May 23-24
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May 30 & June 13
Coming up in Vintages

May 30, 2015 release
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June 13, 2015 release
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Click here to see the 147 items in this release

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Beverage Alcohol Reporter
Trade Event - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

24 wineries · 250 wines - from 2 - 5 pm
The Burroughs Building - 639 Queen Street West 6th Floor
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Walkabout-style wine tasting - open to all industry members

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2015 LCBO Licensee-Only selections
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Discovering the Best Value Vodka
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Full Spirit Tasting Note Database
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A Blast from the Past
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The very first Vintages store
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Montreal Gastronomie
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Le Filet
hot, hopping & delicious - a great wine list

Le Club Chasse et Pêche
my favourite Monteal dining destination

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Montreal Escapes



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