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About TVC

Philosophy: To learn about and enjoy drinking wine through guided tastings with fellow wine lovers based in Toronto


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Shauna Sexsmith

Favourite Wines

Anything by Vega Sicilia - especially Unico 

Bordeaux & Bordeaux style blends

Chablis - especially with oysters!


Favourite Grapes

Big reds & light whites

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Chris Morris

Favourite Wines

Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance

Quintarelli Alzero

Favourite Regions

Southern Rhone




Favourite Grapes



Chenin Blanc

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Alex Gluskin

"I may be (officially) a 'non-drinker'; however I do like expensive Champagne & Bordeaux now and again!"

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Smruti Patel

Favourite Wines



Anything under $20 that tastes good 😉


Favourite Regions

Burgundy and Champagne



Favourite Grapes

Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Syrah & Grenache

Most aromatic white varietals

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Ilona Brodovska

Favourite Wines

All whites!

(I drink reds too)


Favourite Regions



& Exploring South Africa!


Favourite Grapes




Pinot Noir

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Carlo Roco

Favourite Wines

Single varietal expressions

Age-worthy blended reds


Favourite Regions

Bordeaux, Tuscany, Northern Rhone

Favourite Grapes

Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir

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Kate Simpson

Favourite Wines

Châteauneuf du Pape Reds

+ Beamsville Bench Chardonnays

+ Anything Funky, Aromatic & Biodynamic!

Favourite Regions

Southern Rhône

Beamsville Bench


Favourite Grapes

Red Blends (ideally with Carignan)

Cool-Climate Chardonnays

Cool-Climate Pinot Noirs

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Kumar Stenger

Favourite Wines

Napa Valley cab or zin

Gewurtrstraminer from Alsace

White wines made in India, Nova Scotia


Favourite Regions



Anywhere in France


Favourite Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon



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Rick Wood

"If the first five words that I hear upon arriving in heaven are not "here's a glass of champagne", I will seek alternative accommodation."


"The future looks bright for TVC, with many great events planned for 2022 and beyond. On behalf of the board I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Club. Any feedback, ideas or general questions you may have are always welcome."


TVC Annual Report 2021
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Read the TVC Constitution and Bylaws here

Approved: May 9, 2020


The Toronto Vintners Club was founded in June 1975 by businessman and entrepreneur Ted Turner and incorporated on May 25th, 1977, making it Toronto's first and now longest operating wine tasting club. An article written by Bob Pennington of the Toronto Star newspaper back in 1975, appealed to the public to contact Ted Turner, described as "world traveler . . . head of a Toronto personnel agency, part-time actor and amateur winemaker" if they were interested in starting "a private organization dedicated to the serious study of wine." Having traveled to San Francisco where a Vintner's Club existed, Ted thought Toronto might be interested in, ready for and benefit from starting a similar wine tasting club.


The Toronto Star article brought in a flood of interest. The very first tasting was of Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style wines on Tuesday, June 17, 1975 at the Regency East Ballroom of the [then] Hyatt House Hotel and attracted 150 people. The cost of the event was $6.50 by mail and $7.00 at the door. The wines served that evening ranged in price from $2.10 for Sommet Rouge to $17.70 for 1966 Chateau Rausan Segla.


Here's the ranking order of the wines from that evening, with No. 1 being the favourite of the group:


  1. 1966 Chateau Rausan Segla $17.70

  2. 1970 La Cour Pavillon $4.55

  3. Dumons Bordeaux Superieur $2.90

  4. 1962 Chateau Montbrun $8.25

  5. Andres Vin de Chuanac $2.40

  6. 1970 Chateau du Cadillac $4.05

  7. Colona Sommet Rouge $2.15

  8. 1970 Marques de Riscal $4.55


The second event, a Riesling tasting, attracted 160 people and the rest is history - the club was born.

In 2020, Toronto Vintners celebrated 45 years of organizing and hosting wine tastings.  That's a lot of wine!

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