Discover Tutored Tastings

Why not rely on a pro?

Our Tutored Tastings let you do just that as one of our expert Product Consultants reveals a whole new approach to our products in lively and engaging seminars.

† = Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wines, spirits and beers.

Greater Toronto Area

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 11 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SUMMERTIME SPARKLERS FOR EVERYDAY - $35
Anytime can be bubbly time. Sip and savour a wide range of sparkling wines, while discovering how versatile they are for summer and learning how to incorporate them into everyday menus.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
90+ WINES - $40
Insider alert: An expert Product Consultant reveals some of VINTAGES' best-kept secrets, highlighting budget-friendly vintage wines that have all scored 90+ points from wine critics.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
GEMS FROM SOUTH AMERICA - $35
Known for their great-value wines, the vineyards of Chile and Argentina are producing exceptional offerings worthy of serious attention. Discover why enthusiasts around the world are turning to these wines for value, variety and quality.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
GIFTS OF ONTARIO: VQA SUPERSTARS - $35
VQA, Ontario’s wine appellation system, is a guarantee of quality from the vineyard to the glass. An expert Product Consultant hosts a tasting of some of our finest examples. Sip and discover why these wines are winning awards around the world.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
COGNAC VS. ARMAGNAC - $60
Cognac and Armagnac: Two premium spirits, two histories and one country. Both are magnificent brandies from France, yet offer different and unique styles. Come and share the experience and taste the differences for yourself. Includes a food-matching segment.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, “typically Bordeaux” wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SANGIOVESE: ITALY’S MOST POPULAR RED GRAPE - $30
From Chianti to the “Super Tuscans,” Sangiovese is the foundation of many of Italy’s greatest wines. Discover this classic variety and gain a better understanding of its many expressions and styles.

 

OCTOBER


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
RICH AUSTRALIAN REDS - $40
Australia has charmed the world with its plush, fruit-driven red wines. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample sumptuous Shiraz, gorgeous Grenache, concentrated Cabs and more.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
HOW TO TASTE - $25
You might think you already know how to taste, but do you really? An expert Product Consultant will lead you through a series of fun exercises, awakening your palate, as well as your visual and olfactory senses. An entertaining class not to be missed…


SCOTCH APPRECIATION SERIES - SERIES OF THREE CLASSES - $250*
Save $40 when purchasing a three-class series

All classes include a catered food matching. There will be no refunds for three-class series purchased after October 16, 2014.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
CLASS 1: SINGLE MALTS, GETTING STARTED* - $75
From the Highlands to the Lowlands, from Islay to Campbeltown, each area produces a distinctive and unique spirit. Discover your favourite as we venture on a tasting tour of Scotland’s “water of life.” Sign up early as this very popular class sells out quickly.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
CLASS 2: SINGLE AND LOVING IT!* - $90
In the intermediate class of this series, an expert Product Consultant presents an exclusive tasting of Single Malts and reveals how each region affects Malt’s characteristic colour, bouquet, flavour and texture.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
CLASS 3: PREMIUM SINGLE MALTS* - $125
In the final class of this series, we celebrate the spirit of Scotland by sampling some of its rarest and finest Single Malts. Experience the influence that each region’s rolling hills, heather, salty sea air and famous peat has on this unique libation. Don’t delay; this class sells out quickly.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WINE AND CHEESE- $50
From lighter cheeses to heavier, more robust styles, we explore the diversity of cheese flavours paired with some of the best, and unexpected, wine matches. This class is a must for those who love to entertain. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
BEST OF GENERAL LIST - $30
An expert Product Consultant presents some of our best-value wines to help you shop on a budget. Whether you’re buying at your local LCBO or one near your ski resort or cottage, you’ll be able to select the best!

 

NOVEMBER


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
CHAMPAGNE DREAMS - $90
Champagne is one of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood beverages. Though long recognized as a celebratory drink, it is less recognized as a versatile partner at the dinner table. Learn how Champagne is made, then discover its different styles and why it is a perfect match for food. A great date-night idea! Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
MARTINI NIGHT - $40
An expert Product Consultant demonstrates how to make perfect martinis from classic dry standards to decadent dessert versions. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn the latest recipes for entertaining, along with fun tips and tricks for mixing and garnishing this classic cocktail. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINE FOR THE HOLIDAY - $30
An expert Product Consultant reveals everything you need to know to flawlessly match wine to your holiday feasts and entertaining needs. From white and red to rosé, discover a wine to please every palate.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
HOT CLIMATE WINES - $30
Discover the ripe flavours of wines from some of the world's hottest wine regions. An expert Product Consultant presents an assortment of bold, fruity, velvety and spicy wines from Australia, Spain, southern Italy and more.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
SMART BUYS: GREAT FINDS ON A BUDGET - $25
Exceptional wines, rich in flavour and all under $20 a bottle. Sound too good to be true? It's not. From full-bodied whites to intense reds, discover premium tastes for the budget-conscious connoisseur.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
BACKYARD ENTERTAINING - $35
This barbecue season, make your backyard the place to be! An expert Product Consultant reveals everything you need to know about matching summer wines, beers and cocktails to your favourite grilled foods. This is a class not to be missed!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
ITALY: TRADITION AND INNOVATION - $35
Discover the quality and variety of fine Italian wines. From Piedmont and Veneto in the north through to the islands in the south, taste classic examples and modern expressions of the wines of Italy.

 

SEPTEMBER


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
SPOTLIGHT PINOT NOIR - $30
Pinot Noir fans are so passionate they often spend their lives searching out the best. Tonight, we’ve done it for them. Taste Pinots from Ontario, Burgundy, California and Oregon and see what all the fuss is about. This class is ideal for the wine aficionado and novice alike.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
DISCOVER VQA WINE - $30
Get the goods on VQA. The Vintners Quality Alliance is the guarantee of quality and origin for Ontario and BC wines. Taste a range of VQA wines that have put Canada firmly on the international wine map.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
DISCOVER MERLOT - $30
One of the most beloved grape varietals, Merlot is still gaining popularity worldwide. Sample a range of Merlot-based wines and taste for yourself why this grape has become so popular.

 

OCTOBER


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
GREAT WINES, GREAT VINTAGE AND GREAT VALUE! - $35
Balance the budget! Discover all that wallet-friendly wines have to offer. An expert Product Consultant will surprise you with an unexpected selection of quality wines, all under $30.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
ONTARIO CRAFT BREWERS - $25
Go local! Explore the craft of brewing at this educational tasting of wonderfully diverse beer styles from our own Ontario craft brewers.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
PREMIUM CALIFORNIA - $30
Compare the premium reds of Napa and Sonoma, California’s best-known wine regions. An expert Product Consultant presents amazing wines, develops tasting approaches and provides hands-on information about shopping for Californian wines.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, “typically Bordeaux” wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
WHISKY AROUND THE WORLD - $45
Scottish, Canadian, Irish or American? Taste the character of spirits made from malted barley, rye and corn, while discovering the similarities and celebrating the differences of Whiskies from around the world.

 

NOVEMBER


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN - $30
Tuscany keeps reinventing itself. Taste a selection of its vinous gems and discover the past, present and future of this exciting wine region. This promises to be a memorable evening, so register early.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
WINE: OZ AND NEW ZEALAND - $35
Experience the big and bold wines of Australia and the crisp and elegant wines of New Zealand, as an expert Product Consultant explains why these wines from “Down Under” are coming out on top.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
CLASSIC WINES TO SERVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - $45 †
Discover the perfect wine to cap off your holiday dinner. An expert Product Consultant presents an assortment of luscious, full-bodied wines from around the world, highlighting classic wines to complement holiday menus and impress guests. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
PREMIUM CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINE - $30
Discover how “bubbly” from around the world compares with authentic French Champagne. Don’t miss this interesting event that’s a great night out for friends and small groups.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
RED WINES FOR THE BBQ - $30
When there's smoke in the air from all those delicious meats and veggies roasting on the BBQ, think red wine. Come and learn what reds best match the casual charred and caramelized dishes your backyard chef is creating.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
SUPRISINGLY FOOD-FRIENDLY SPARKLERS - $40
Make any casual evening go pop! Sparkling wine is a perfect match for everyday flavours from salty, spicy and fried to creamy and sweet. Discover our favourite bubbles, ranging from light and fruity to rich and complex and everything in between, picked for any day and any budget. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINES ON A BUDGET - $25
The hustle and bustle of end-of-summer shopping tends to put a strain on everyone's pocketbook this time of year. Tonight we're going to discover some of the delicious and reasonably priced wines perfect for wallet-friendly entertaining.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
MATCHING FOOD AND OUR CRAFT BEERS - $35 †
Oh Canada! Sample some of our nation’s best craft beers and discover the diversity of beer flavours when they are paired with some surprising food matches. Don’t miss out on this incredibly popular class as it sells out quickly.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
ONTARIO VQA: WHAT’S IN AN APPELLATION? - $30
Ontario’s VQA has identified three distinct appellations within our province. Wine lovers are following these developments and beginning to identify the nuances of Ontario terroir and wine. Explore the subtle distinctions between these areas and tasting what winemakers have coaxed from the soil beneath them.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
NEW WORLD VS. OLD WORLD: HOW DIFFERENT ARE THEY? - $30
What’s the difference between an Argentinean Malbec and the original incarnation from France? Find out as we present some delicious examples of New World wines and compare them to the originals. Explore a number of different varietals and see if it’s the favourites or the originals that surprise us.

 

OCTOBER


MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WHAT WINE DO I SERVE WITH TURKEY? - $35 †
No question is asked more often at this time of year and there is no one answer. The best idea is to come and try a number of different wines and pick your favourite. Having ham or roast beef? That’s okay too because we’ll be discussing wines that match these classic dishes as well. Don’t miss this chance to master wine pairings for the holidays.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
A SNEAK PEAK INTO VINTAGES - $25
Join us for a fun night sampling some of the newest wines released through Vintages this weekend. Learn the newest wine trends and what gems to look forward to in future releases.


MONDAY OCTOBER 20 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WHISKY GOLD - $45
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop Fall has settled in heralding our annual nod to the wide world of Whisky... or is it Whiskey? An expert Product Consultant presents samples of this golden spirit from around the world so you can pick your favourite.

 

NOVEMBER


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
PERFECT PARTY PICKS – $30
Planning a large gathering soon and worried about your budget? Never fear! An expert Product Consultant conducts a tasting of some of the best-value wines for this holiday season. You’ll also learn tips on how to plan the perfect, socially responsible party and how to avoid pitfalls that can trip up even the most organized of hosts.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, “typically Bordeaux” wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
CHAMPAGNE: THE KING OF WINES AND THE WINE OF KINGS - $55
Why is Champagne so revered amongst sparkling wines? What’s the mythology behind this wine’s humble beginnings and its incredible rise to superstar status? An expert Product Consultant tutors you in the history of bubbly and offers samples of iconic Champagnes.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

Thursdays August 14 & 28 | (Please contact store for available times)
SNEAK PEEK – VINTAGES PRE-RELEASE TASTINGS – $5
Try before you buy! Join our Product Consultant for an enjoyable evening sampling a selection of products from the upcoming VINTAGES release. This forum is also an excellent opportunity to discover highlights from the release. Do not delay – our Pre-Release classes sell out quickly!

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Thursdays September 11 & 25 | (Please contact store for available times)
SNEAK PEEK – VINTAGES PRE-RELEASE TASTINGS – $10
Try before you buy! Join our Product Consultant for an enjoyable evening sampling a selection of products from the upcoming VINTAGES release. This forum is also an excellent opportunity to discover highlights from the release. Do not delay – our Pre-Release classes sell out quickly!

 

September 17 & 18 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE – $35
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, ‘typically Bordeaux’ wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

Wednesday, September 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
INTRODUCTION TO SINGLE MALTS – $35
From the Highlands to the Lowlands, from Islay to Campbeltown, each area produces a distinctive and unique spirit. Discover your favourite on a tasting tour of Scotland’s “water of life.” Sign up early as this very popular class sells out quickly!

 

Monday, September 29 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
SIX CLASSIC GRAPE VARIETIES – $25
Learn how to recognize and describe the aroma and flavour profiles of the six classic red and white grape varieties. This is an ideal class for those just starting to experiment with wines.

 

OCTOBER

 

Thursdays October 9 & 23 | (Please contact store for available times)
SNEAK PEEK – VINTAGES PRE-RELEASE TASTINGS – $10
Try before you buy! Join our Product Consultant for an enjoyable evening sampling a selection of products from the upcoming VINTAGES release. This forum is also an excellent opportunity to discover highlights from the release. Do not delay – our Pre-Release classes sell out quickly!

 

Tuesday, October 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
WINE AND CHOCOLATE – $25
An evening dedicated to pairing magnificent wine and chocolate. Experience the diversity of flavours and discover for yourself the wine and chocolate pairings that make the best matches.

 

October 21 & 22 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE – $35
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, ‘typically Bordeaux’ wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

Thursday, October 30 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
WHISKY AROUND THE WORLD – $35
Scottish, Canadian, Irish or American? Taste the character of spirits made from malted barley, rye and corn, while discovering the similarities and celebrating the differences of whiskies from around the world.

 

NOVEMBER

 

Tuesday, November 4 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
MYSTERY NIGHT IN VINTAGES... A HOLIDAY SPECIAL – $25
This is a class for those who love mystery. An expert Product Consultant features a blind tasting of various wines from Vintages (our fine wine and premium spirits division). This is a great way to discover wines perfect for gift-giving or entertaining.

 

Thursdays November 6 & 20 | (Please contact store for available times)
SNEAK PEEK – VINTAGES PRE-RELEASE TASTINGS – $10
Try before you buy! Join our Product Consultant for an enjoyable evening sampling a selection of products from the upcoming VINTAGES release. This forum is also an excellent opportunity to discover highlights from the release. Do not delay – our Pre-Release classes sell out quickly!

 

November 18 & 19 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE – $35
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, ‘typically Bordeaux’ wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

Monday, November 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
PRACTICALLY PERFECT PAIRINGS – $25
Dos and don’ts: sample three distinctly different food choices paired with what we consider the perfect wine, then taste them with diametrically opposed wines so you can see, and taste, the difference. An essential course for developing the palate. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

Thursday, November 27 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
SCOTCH GIFTING (WISH LIST) – $35
Here’s a unique opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s rarest and finest malts. If you are planning on giving (or receiving) Scotch this holiday season, this class is for you. Register now as this class is sure to sell out quickly.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
TRENDY WINES OF SPAIN WITH TAPAS - $40
Spanish wines entice! Sample a selection of wines from one of the most exciting wine-producing countries of the Old World matched with delectable tapas such as Serrano-wrapped shrimp with black olive tapenade and spicy chorizo-stuffed mushrooms. Includes a food-matching segment. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE - $30
California produces 90% of the wine made in the U.S. and ranks fourth among the world's wine-producing countries with over 700 wineries. An expert Product Consultant presents some classic wines that embody this impressive output and the wine culture of this region.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WHITE WINES FROM ALSACE AND THE LOIRE - $30
For some fresh ideas for your summer wine selection, don't miss this comparative tasting of noteworthy Alsace varietals, such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Riesling, followed by classic Loire whites, including Sancerre, Vouvray and Pouilly-Fumé.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CANADIAN MICRO BREWERY BEERS - $35
Rediscover the brews that are drastically changing the Canadian beer landscape. Come and experience what beer lovers are raving about from IPAs to pale ales and bitters. Our craft-brewing industry has taken off with a variety of styles to please everyone's palate, and each will be paired with some surprising food combinations! Includes a food-matching segment. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment


THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
BUDGET-FRIENDLY WINES - $30
Everyone has a budget. Join us in a blind tasting to compare wines of similar styles over and under the $15 divide. Does paying more mean better quality? Let your palate decide, you may be surprised!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SOUTHERN FRANCE'S WINE REGIONS - $30
Join us on a tour of southern France as we explore the wine regions of Languedoc, Provence and Bordeaux to name a few. From spicy Syrah and Grenache-based reds to rosés, Cabernets and Petit Verdots, these wines are bound to please a wide variety of palates and tastes.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
JUST IN FROM ARGENTINA - $30
From Mendoza Malbecs and Syrahs to aromatic Torrontes and classic Cabernet Sauvignons, Argentina's wine industry is now producing great wine from a full variety of grapes. Come and experience some of Argentina's best in this New World tasting.

 

SEPTEMBER


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
90+ POINTS (UNDER $30) - $30
What does it take to be ranked a 90+ wine? Get out your markers and, through a structured tasting, sip and review wines that have attained this stellar ranking and are all under $30! This in-demand class sells out quickly.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINE AND CHEESE - $45
Think outside the simple wine and cheese box. Discover some inspired fine wine and regional cheese matches, learn simple strategies for flawless pairings and explore cheeses you likely haven’t tried before.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
PINOT NOIR FACE-OFF - $40
This classic grape variety has found its way around the globe. Accompany us in a tasting tour as we sample and explore this seductive grape variety in various wines from around the world and reveal why it is known as the “heartbreak grape.” Includes a food-matching segment.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
BEST OF GENERAL LIST - $30
An expert Product Consultant presents some of our best-value wines so you can shop on a budget. Whether you’re buying at your local LCBO or the one near your ski resort or cottage, you’ll be able to select the best!


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
VQA WINE AND ARTISANAL CHEESE - $40
Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) is the consumer’s guarantee of quality and origin for wine produced in Ontario and British Columbia. Come taste and discover a range of VQA wines that have put Canada firmly on the international wine map then savour them with a sampling of wonderful artisanal cheeses.

 

OCTOBER


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
SINGLE MALTS: THE HIGHLANDS - $60
The Highlands have long been considered the heartland of Scotland’s Malt Whisky production and the majority of Single Malt Whiskies are distilled and bottled here. Discover a favourite as we taste a selection of fine examples from this area. Don’t delay as our Scotch classes sell out quickly.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
NEW WORLD GROUNDBREAKERS - $30
Journey through the vineyards of the New World and discover some great-value wines and grape varietal alternatives. Tempt your palate with wines from around the globe including South America, Australia, California and South Africa.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
VINTAGES ON A BUDGET - $30
An expert Product Consultant presents some of Vintages’ best-kept secrets. Everyone has a budget, even in Vintages, and with the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to experience some budget-friendly wines that will help you in your entertaining selections.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
PORTUGAL’S WINES AND CUISINE - $40
It’s no secret that Portugal has gifted the world with wonderful fortified wines for many years. Now Portugal’s table wines have also reached new heights of quality, while still being able to maintain a firm grip on value. Savour some of the best wines paired with regional specialties, such as Piri Piri chicken and custard tarts. Don’t miss this informative class. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: NEW WORLD VS. OLD WORLD - $45
The king of the red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in almost all of the world’s wine regions. Enjoy a blind-tasting of a selection of styles from around the globe and see if you can taste the difference between New and Old World varieties. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINES OF PIEDMONT - $40
Piedmont in Italian means “at the foot of the mountain.” Surrounded on three sides by the Alps, this region produces such best-known wines as Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato D’Asti and more. Join us this evening to sample wines from our latest Piedmont release.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
ENTHUSIASTS OF SINGLE MALT AND CHEESE - $75
From the Lowlands to the Highlands, each area produces a distinctive and unique spirit. Discover your favourite as expert Product Consultant Geoff Kahnert conducts a tasting tour of Scotland’s “water of life” that includes some distinct and delectable cheese pairings presented by The Cheese Boutique.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CALIFORNIA: FOCUS ON SONOMA - $35
Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east and is home to some of California’s best-known wineries. Its geographical diversity makes it one of California’s most popular wine country destinations. Join us as we sample wines from our latest Sonoma release.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, “typically Bordeaux” wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

NOVEMBER


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
TOUR OF TUSCANY - $50
Tuscany is an ancient region that keeps reinventing itself. We celebrate this fact with a sampling of our latest releases of Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. Savour them and discover what “tradition” and “innovation” mean to the winemakers of this exciting wine region. This promises to be a memorable evening, so don’t miss out!


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
PORT OF CALL - $45
Experience one of the oldest traditions in fortified wines. Ruby, Tawny or Vintage Port? An expert Product Consultant explains the differences while you decide your favourite for sipping on its own or savouring with food. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINES OF CHILE - $30
Wine enthusiasts around the world are turning to the wines of this country for value, variety and quality. Experience the unique taste of our latest release of Chilean wines ranging from Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
AMERICAN WHISKEY - $45
From Bourbon to Tennessee Sour Mash, taste the very essence of Americana. Expert Product Consultant Stan Cotterill discusses the styles and differences between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Sour Mash, and suggests some casual food pairings for these American spirits. Register early as this class sells out quickly.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SAY “SI” TO SPAIN - $35
From popular Cavas to elegantly styled Riojas, Spain produces many exciting wines based on both indigenous and international grape varieties. An expert Product Consultant takes you on a tasting tour of Spain highlighting the unique flavours and styles found in one of the world’s oldest wine regions.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
BIG REDS: NEW WORLD VS. OLD WORLD - $50
An expert Product Consultant presents a flight of big, bold reds from around the world. Enjoy a comparative sampling of New and Old World reds and discover what makes them so popular and in demand. This class is a must for fans of full-bodied red wines.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
THE RHÔNE - $35
Roam through the Rhône and discover the variety of wines found there. Let your taste buds come alive as we tour the diversity represented by the north and south regions of the Rhône Valley. See why enthusiasts around the world are turning to these spectacular wines for value, variety and quality.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

Western Ontario

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WHITE WINES AND SUMMER FRESH FOODS - $40
Whether your favourite main course is a salad or freshly grilled seafood, we'll have a fabulous white on hand for pairing. Six summery menu items will be matched with whites from as many different regions to illustrate just how far you can move outside the box when serving white wines. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
RED WINE AND PASTA - $40
So many pasta dishes and so many red wines! Sample six different pastas paired with red wines from as many different regions and discover seemingly endless combinations for easy summertime entertaining. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
CLEARLY SOPHISTACTED COCKTAILS - $30
Learn how to prepare six fabulous summer cocktails using the "clear" spirits of gin, white rum, silver tequila, vodka, sake and grappa. Each cocktail will use one of these as its base, giving you inspired drink ideas for elegant entertaining.

 

SEPTEMBER


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
SOUTH AMERICAN WINE AND CUISINE - $40 †
The wines of Chile and Argentina have evolved from “cheap and cheerful” to some of the finest the wine world has to offer. An expert Product Consultant discusses this transformation, while highlighting the great wine and food of these two countries.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
ONTARIO WHITES AND CANADIAN CHEESE - $30
Ontario has found its place in the wine world, showing, amongst other things, its real strength in whites, such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Discover the vinicultural reasons behind the success of these wines which will be paired with some of the finest cheese that Canada has to offer.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
SENSORY DEPRIVATION - $45
Close your eyes and take a sip, then a bite – do you think this might enhance your sense of smell and taste? Find out as you sample eight wines which will be presented in pairs and matched with food. The focus will be on smell, taste and texture in this “un”sightful evening. Feel free to bring your own blindfold or try one of ours.

 

OCTOBER


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
TABLING THE WINES OF PORTUGAL - $40 †
Discover Portugal’s full-bodied reds, lush dessert wines and not-so-common but delicious whites, all paired with six appetizer-sized courses ranging from soup to dessert.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
HARVEST COCKTAILS - $30
From pumpkin martinis to beet-inspired drinks, this class uses a cornucopia of fall’s fresh fruits and vegetables to create six harvest cocktails that you can add to your entertaining portfolio (and ideas for dozens more!).


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
CRAFT BEER AND SAUSAGES - $40 †
Explore the art of Canadian craft beers. Each brew will be served up with a dish that has sausage as its main ingredient, as an expert Product Consultant discusses what constitutes a craft beer and what makes each craft brewery unique.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
SCOTCH: BUTTS, PIPES AND HOGSHEADS - $50
In this exploration of Whisky from Scotland, an expert Product Consultant focuses on the influence of the Scotch barrel, rather than the region from which the spirit hails. Whether it’s the size of the barrel or what rested in it before the Whisky, each Scotch will show how some of its flavour profile comes from the vessel in which it aged.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
MEET THE BRANDY FAMILY - $40
Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Brandy category, covering everything from true French Brandy and Cognac to Italian Grappa, Pisco, Eau de Vie and more. See if you can taste the similarities and distinct differences between the many members of one family.

 

NOVEMBER


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
REGIONAL WHISKIES AND FOODS - $65 †
The rule often used for pairing wine and food – matching a food from the region to a wine from the region – will be applied to Scottish, Irish and American Whiskies (though other regions may be considered). Don’t miss this unique romp through the world of Whiskies and the chance to discover how compatible this spirit is with food.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE – $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, typically Bordeaux wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
TABLING PORT - $50 †
See just how versatile this “dessert” wine really is as you educate and tempt your palate during a tasting of Port paired with six appetizer-sized courses ranging from soup to dessert. You may be surprised by how food-friendly Port really is.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
TABLING PREMIUM CHAMPAGNE AND DESSERT WINES - $100 †
Enjoy a rare glimpse into classic Vintages’ products featured in programs past, including Salon 1996, Bollinger RD, Krug 1985 and Krug 1990, along with additional dessert wines sourced from our cabinet. Each will be paired with an appetizer-sized course. Don’t miss this special opportunity.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 7 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
CALIFORNIA NIGHTS — $40
From big, bold reds to rich, buttery whites, sample and discover the wines of California and get the latest on West Coast wines in the world market. Our LCBO Product Consultant will present some hot new California wines for summer sipping.

THURSDAY AUGUST 14 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
“A” is for ARGENTINA — $40
Wine enthusiasts around the world are turning to the wines of Argentina for value, variety and quality. Experience the unique tastes of Argentinean wines, while expanding your knowledge of this interesting and diverse wine country. Tonight we discover why wine lovers the world over are giving wines from Argentina an A+.

THURSDAY AUGUST 21 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
THE SOUTH OF FRANCE — $40
Take a trip through France’s southern wine regions. Sample wines from Languedoc, Côtes du Rhône, Minervois, and more. Savour traditional Old World styles, while discovering some of the most modern and innovative wines produced in France today.

THURSDAY AUGUST 28 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
HOW TO TASTE — $30
You might think you already know how to taste, but do you really? Our Product Consultant will lead you through a fun exercise, awakening your palate, as well as your visual and olfactory senses. This is a session that will appeal to everyone.


SEPTEMBER

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
PINOT NOIR: ONTARIO AND AROUND THE WORLD — $40
This classic grape variety has found its way around the globe. Here in the cool-climate regions of Ontario we are a source for world class Pinot Noir. Tonight we tour the world’s leading Pinot regions (France, New Zealand, California and Ontario) with a blind tasting. Join us as we sample and explore how this seductive grape variety is expressed around the world.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 | 12:00 – 4:00 PM
SPECIAL TICKETED WINE FAIR:
PINOT FOR THE PEOPLE — Tickets $10 (4 wine samples per customer)

A showcase of up to 16 of Ontario’s best Pinot Noirs, all paired with locally sourced food. All proceeds to United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
VINO NOBILE — $40
Italy’s Montepulciano region is famed for its red wine called Vino Nobile. Tonight’s get together focuses on this “noble wine”. Located south of Tuscany, the vineyards of Montepulciano thrive in a consistently warm and sunny environment that is perfect for the Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero grapes. Come out and taste the sun.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
PREMIUM SINGLE MALT SCOTCH — $40
A unique opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s rarest and finest malts. Enjoy an educational tasting of premium single malt and experiment with intriguing food pairings. Register early – this class sells out quickly!

 

OCTOBER

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
CALIFORNIA COOL — $40
The quality of Californian wine has never been better. Tonight we taste and compare premium Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots of Napa and Sonoma, California’s best-known wine regions. This premium tasting promises to be both cool and informative. A must for California wine lovers.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
CRAFT BEER, THERE AND HERE — $30
Craft Beer is more popular now than ever before. Join us and take a Craft Beer Challenge to discover why. Our expert Product Consultant will offer a blind tasting of local brews and beers from around the world. Discover which ones are brewed right here in Ontario – where Craft is king.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE — $35
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, ‘typically Bordeaux’ wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 23 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
TUSCANY TODAY — $40
Tuscany is an ancient region that keeps reinventing itself. Tonight we explore and taste a selection of its special vinous gems as we discover what tradition and innovation means to the winemakers of this exciting wine region. This promises to be a memorable evening.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 30 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
SAKE & SUSHI — $30
Uncover the wonderful world of saké by sampling its diverse styles. Tonight we will taste a range of unique and refreshing saké selections to uncover its mysteries. Saké styles range from soft and light to rich and robust. Each saké will be paired with a delicious sample of Sushi.

 

NOVEMBER

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
PREMIUM STARS — $50
Back by popular demand: this fabulous tasting of premium and preferred wines from around the world will surely delight. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to taste some of the world’s most popular wines. Register early – this class sells out quickly!

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
PORT AND CHEESE — $40
Port has been popular for centuries; its rich flavours frequently enjoyed with delicious cheese. Tonight we revisit a class favourite. Experience this Portuguese specialty matched with a wide range of exceptional cheeses. Come and discover the wonderful pairing of Port and cheese.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
The SPIRIT OF SPIRITS — $60
Here’s a great opportunity for you to discover how much you really love your favourite spirit. Join our Product Consultant as we enjoy and share our knowledge of spirits through a simple palate tasting. Getting together to identify some great festive spirits will surely delight on a chilly night.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22 | 12:00 – 4:00 PM
SPECIAL TICKETED WINE FAIR:
8TH ANNUAL ONTARIO CONSUMERS’ CHOICE ICEWINE CHALLENGE — Tickets $10 (4 wine samples per customer)

Sample some of the best of Ontario’s icewines, all paired with food from local purveyors. All proceeds to Guelph Wish Fund for Children.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
FESTIVE FLIGHT of FANCY – EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED VINTAGES — $125
Back by popular demand – this fabulous tasting of premium and preferred wines from around the world. Sample a selection of the exclusive and limited wines from France, Australia, and Portugal. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to taste some of the worlds’ most popular and highly sought after wines. Let the Festive get-togethers commence! Register early – this class sells out quickly!


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

Eastern Ontario

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST


TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SUMMER SIZZLERS: OPEN AIR ENTERTAINING - $40
Whether with light seafood or hearty steak, experience some of the richest reds, the prettiest pinks and whites that will wow. An expert Product Consultant will reveal everything you need to know about matching summer wines to your favourite grilled foods.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
BEER AND CIDERS - $35
Get ready to pour some specialty beers and artisanal ciders, perfect for hot patio nights! Sample and discover the diversity of beer flavours (from strawberry to ginger) and cider notes (from apple to elderberry). The spotlight is on delicious and the newest flavours for the summer season.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
ECO-FRIENDLY: ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC OPTIONS - $45 †
Taste the flavours of "green" wines made without the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Extremely aromatic and flavourful, these earth-friendly options are made with 100% organic grapes that balance with nature. Register early as this in-demand class sells out quickly. Includes a food-matching segment


TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
CHARCUTERIE AND SCOTCH: A DUO MADE IN HEAVEN - $75
From the Highlands to the Lowlands, Islay to Campbeltown, each area produces a distinctive and unique spirit. Discover your favourite on a tasting tour of Scotland's "water of life." Plus, to highlight the food-pairing versatility of Scotch, we're matching it with a selection of salami, chorizo, prosciutto and sausage. Sign up early as this class sells out! Includes a food-matching segment.

 

SEPTEMBER


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
UNEXPECTED WINES - $40
Most of us are well acquainted with Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. But a worthy aspect of any wine education is looking further and exploring varieties that are out of the limelight, such as Brachetto, Furmint and Volnay. An expert Product Consultant will guide you through these hidden gems in this not-to-be-missed class.


FOUR-WEEK WINE & CHEESE TOUR - $130*
(Individual Classes $40)

Includes a food-matching segment
* All four classes must be booked at the same time to receive the special discounted price of $130.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 (ITALY)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (FRANCE)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (ONTARIO)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (REST OF WORLD)
6:30 – 8:00 PM


Savour inspired wine and cheese pairings from Ontario, Italy, France and all over the world as an expert Product Consultant reveals the strategies for flawless pairings.



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
OLD WORLD RIESLING GROUNDBREAKERS - $40
In the Old World, Riesling is treasured by German winemakers and drinkers as their noblest variety. Just over the border, in France’s Alsace region, Riesling is also considered one of the noblest of vines. The warmer, drier and sunny Alsatian climate makes distinctively different Riesling than in Germany. Try a variety of Old World Rieslings, and discover why they’re one of the most versatile wines for today’s cuisine.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
CAUSE AND EFFECT - $45 †
An expert Product Consultant reveals the key factors to matching wine to menus, and discusses how wine combinations affect the flavours of artisanal cheeses and cured meats. Register now as this class fills up quickly. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
SENSING WHITE SPIRITS - $40
Experience white spirits in an exciting new way! An expert Product Consultant challenges and tests your knowledge (and palate) in this blind tasting, which focuses on classics, such as Gin, Vodka, Tequila and Rum, along with a few twists like Sake and Cachaça.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
PREMIUM SINGLE MALT SCOTCH - $60
Here’s a unique opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s rarest and finest Malts. Enjoy an educational tasting of premium Single Malt and experiment with intriguing food pairings. Register now as this class sells out quickly. Includes a food-matching segment.

 

OCTOBER


MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
BEER AND CHEESE FROM AROUND THE WORLD - $45
There’s more to beer than you might think. Learn how it’s produced and how greatly its flavours can differ as you explore the craft of brewing and discover the wonderful diversity of beers perfect for cheese pairings. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, typically Bordeaux wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CONSULTANT’S CHOICE - $35
Everyone has a preferred beverage, from a full-bodied Aussie Shiraz and classic Bordeaux to a Port from Portugal or a Sherry from Spain. An expert Product Consultant will reveal his six favourite wines for a dinner party, including pre- and post-dinner sips and flawless wine and food pairings.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WHISKY! - $60
We can’t help but keep talking about this iconic spirit! We’re increasingly engaged with Whiskies from both traditional and new origins. From Bourbon and blends to Single Malts and Canadian classics, this class will highlight the diverse range of Whisky products available. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CREEPY COCKTAILS - $40
Hosting a Halloween party and want more than the classic eyeball punch? An expert Product Consultant will take you on a ghoulish adventure with drinks such as Itsy Bitsy, Witches’ Brew, Spider Kiss and Daiquiri Noir. Your Halloween soirée has just been taken to a whole new level!

 

NOVEMBER


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
FANTASY WINES: A PREMIUM EVENING - $45 †
Back by popular demand: a fabulous tasting of rare and premium wines from around the world. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to taste some of the world’s most coveted wines. See why aged cheese, cured meat and dark chocolate work best with these Rhône, Tuscan and Spanish wines. Register early – this class sells out quickly!


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
PORTS OF CALL - $45
Port has been popular for centuries; its rich flavours frequently enjoyed with cheese, chocolate or cigars. Discover this British-Portuguese specialty’s long history, wide range of flavours and exceptionally delicious styles of ruby, tawny and vintage port before you pick a favourite. Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
REMARKABLE REDS - $40
Sample some of the biggest and boldest red wines – Shiraz/Syrah, Barolo, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenère – at a premium tasting that promises to be both memorable and informative. This is a must for lovers of full-bodied reds.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WINE AND CHOCOLATE - $40
Explore a sweet and decadent pairing of red, white, dessert, fortified and ice wines with delicious chocolates ranging from dark and sweet to salty and spicy. This is quite possibly the best food-pairing just in time for the holidays! Includes a food-matching segment.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
SCOTCH ROCKS! - $75
Here’s a unique opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s rarest and finest Malts. Enjoy an educational tasting of premium Single Malt and experiment with intriguing food pairings. Register now as this class sells out quickly. Includes a food-matching segment.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
CHAMPAGNE, CHEESE AND CHARCUTERIE - $50 †
Join us as we pair party food with sparkling wines. See why salty prosciutto and aged cheeses are great matches for bubbles during this unique opportunity to taste and assess a variety of sparkling wines from Cava and Crémant to Champagne. Just in time for New Year’s Eve!


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
FESTIVE WINTER WARMERS - $40
Hot ciders, spicy mulled wine, specialty coffees… These are just some of the most popular warm drinks for savouring on a cold night with friends and family during holiday celebrations. An expert Product Consultant will show how to create these exciting blends and more.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

To register and purchase your tickets please visit the Customer Service Desk at the desired location. Please contact the participating store for details. Spaces are limited so book your place soon. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.


AUGUST

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
IS A WINE SCORE JUST A NUMBER? - $40
When a wine scores 90 or above with the critics, it's almost a guarantee of excellence. An expert Product Consultant explains the 100-point scoring system for rating wines and presents samples of some of this year's 90+ scoring wines. Tonight, you be the critic.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: NEW WORLD VS. OLD WORLD - $45
The king of red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in almost all of the world's wine regions. Enjoy a selection of styles from around the globe discovering the difference between New and Old World varieties. Each wine will be accompanied by a bite-size food match - some of which may surprise you! Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
PASSPORT TO SCOTLAND - $50
Join us for a fun and informative evening as we travel around the country and explore the unique and distinctive Scotch offerings of each region.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
THE LATEST WINES FROM SPAIN WITH TAPAS - $40
Spanish wines entice! Try a selection of the best new wines from one of the most exciting wine-producing countries. Come, taste and learn as each wine will be presented with a sample-size food pairing bound to tantalize your senses. Perfect Pairings: Matching food with drink shouldn’t be a mystery. Sip and sample in our highly informative Perfect Pairings seminars, and learn how easy it is to complement menus with wine, spirits and beer. Includes a food-matching segment

 

SEPTEMBER

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
PREMIUM CHILE - $35
Known for its great value wines, Chile is producing exceptional bottles worthy of serious attention. Tonight, discover our latest releases, as well as old favourites, and learn why enthusiasts around the world are turning to these wines for value, variety and quality.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
AN EVENING OF COGNAC - $50
Cognac is an eau de vie distilled from wine produced in the Cognac region of France. Within Cognac, there are sub-regions that produce cognacs of different styles and quality levels. Come and taste the differences for yourself.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
ENTERTAINING WITH BEER AND CHEESE - $45
We’ve all heard of the famous wine and cheese party but frankly the rich fats of some cheese can mask the taste of wine. Enter beer. With its cleansing bubbles and refreshing bitterness, beer can cut through the richness of cheese, while the vast array of beer flavours can match almost any cheese out there. Don’t miss this chance to discover a new way to serve cheese.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
SINGLE MALTS: THE HIGHLANDS VS. LOWLANDS - $50
Though it’s not set in the Highlands, which are considered the heartland of Scotland’s Whisky production, the tiny Islay district still produces some of Scotland’s most distinctive Whiskies. Join us as we savour them. Register early - our Scotch classes sell out quickly.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
VIVA ESPAÑA - $40
Spain produces many exciting wines based on both indigenous and international grape varieties. From sparkling Cavas in the north to the reds of Rioja and Ribero del Duero, taste the outstanding and value-priced wines currently available from both the new and established regions of Spain.

 

OCTOBER


WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 1 & 8 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
TOUR DE FRANCE: FRANCE’S WINE REGIONS MINI-SERIES - $80
From the sun-drenched Mediterranean to the cold hills of Champagne, from the foothills of the Alps to the Atlantic, France has long been a benchmark for the wine lover. Learn why these are some of the world’s most famous, and beloved, wine regions. Register now, as this series is in demand.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
OKTOBERFEST: BAVARIAN BREWS - $25
Founded in Munich in 1810, Oktoberfest is now the world’s most recognized Bavarian beer festival, with autumn being considered the perfect time to celebrate the gift of beer. Experience the Oktoberfest mood during this flavourful guided sampling of some of our best Bavarian brews.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE - $50
For those just starting their wine collection, find out everything you need to know about cellaring wines, plus valuable tips on selecting and maintaining a balanced wine cellar. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn and taste some of the world’s most coveted wines.

 

NOVEMBER


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
TEQUILA - $40 †
Tequila is Mexico’s signature drink, made from the fermented and distilled sap of the blue agave plant. As premium quality 100% Agave Tequilas continue to increase in popularity, we explore the world of Tequila while pairing it with traditional food matches.


MONDAYS, OCTOBER 20, 27 & NOVEMBER 3, 10 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
FOUR-WEEK MEAT, CHEESE AND WINE TOUR - $130
Think outside the wine and cheese box. Discover a range of fine wines which will be paired with a selection of cheeses and meats from their region of origin. Each week we will focus on a different wine-producing region and strategies for flawless pairings.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
BORDEAUX 2011: THE BEST OF THE VINTAGE - $50
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux.” So says renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. of the region’s 2011 vintage, which successfully produced a collection of enjoyable, typically Bordeaux wines despite the year’s challenging conditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample a selection of this legendary region’s top wines, crafted by some of the world’s finest producers. Includes a food-matching segment.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
FOR THE LOVE OF PORT - $40 †
Port has been popular for centuries; its rich flavours frequently enjoyed with cheese, chocolate or cigars. Discover this British-Portuguese specialty’s long history, wide range of flavours and exceptionally delicious styles of ruby, tawny and vintage port before you pick a favourite. Includes a food-matching segment.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone classes (in which case, participants will be notified and fully reimbursed or offered a credit). A refund or transfer is available up to five days before class(es) begin. No refunds or transfers for missed class(es).

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