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EACH TUTORED TASTINGS TICKET COMES WITH AN ELITE PASS TO THE EXPO - VALID ANY ONE DAY ($50 value) BUY TICKETS NOW 
 
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19

BEST OF THE BEST
Thursday November 19th
$150 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Host: LCBO Product Consultant
Only 60 seats available for this exceptional tasting offers a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a special selection of some of the world’s most rare and legendary wines. Join our expert and explore some of best and most coveted wines and discover what makes them so cherished. This extraordinary event is not to be missed. Buy tickets now

INTERVIN GOLD
$70 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Host: Christopher Waters, Co-founder & Editor of VINES Magazine
Taste your way through eight top-scoring wines from the 2015-16 InterVin International Wine Awards. Christopher Waters will enlighten guests by sharing highlights from the competition that saw more than 1,400 wines from various countries put to the test. Let your inner wine geek come alive as you sip and savour your way through the best-of-the-best from this renowned international competition. Buy tickets now

NOW & THEN
$85 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Host: The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG)
Whether a wine can mature, evolve or blossom in bottle is a key factor in distinguishing fine examples from simply good ones. This marquee session, hosted by The Independent Wine Education Guild, Canada's premier organization for wine and spirits education, is your chance to taste a current release and aged vintage of specially selected red and white wines from around the world. Learn how aroma and flavour are affected by age and to appreciate the nuances that maturity brings to a wine's character. Buy tickets now

TASTE LIKE A PRO
$75 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Host: LCBO Product Consultant
egs, body, clarity, intensity…what’s it all about? Learn the language of wine and uncover your hidden talent for wine tasting. Our expert will help you unravel the mystery as you explore a wide range of aromas and flavours. You will learn to appreciate subtle differences in grape varieties and how to meaningfully communicate your tasting experience to others. Your taste buds will amaze you and you will learn a lifetime’s worth of tasting tips. Buy tickets now


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20

KING CAB RULES
$85 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Host: LCBO Product Consultant
The king of red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is grown and produced in many of the world’s wine regions. Tour the world of Cabernet, tasting and experiencing the different styles and unique characteristics of this classic grape variety. Let our LCBO Product Consultant guide you through a journey exploring the difference between New and Old World Cabernets. You will leave here saying, “Long live the King!” Buy tickets now

TASTING IN THE DARK
$75 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Host: Rod Phillips, Ottawa Citizen
Can you tell the difference between a red or white wine without being able to see the wine in the glass? Challenge your senses in this unique wine tasting conducted with the lights out. Ottawa Citizen wine columnist and VINES Magazine contributor Rod Phillips revives his popular Tasting in the Dark classes for the first time in Toronto. Our team will be equipped with night vision glasses, but you will be in the dark and able to taste wine from a completely different perspective. Buy tickets now

VOLCANIC WINES
$85 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Host: John Szabo, Master Sommelier
From the Ring of Fire to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the meeting of the Eurasian and African Tectonic plates in the Mediterranean, join Master Sommelier John Szabo for an exotic tour of the world’s best volcanoes! Or rather, the exceptional wines that grow on them. Since the dawn of time, humankind has been drawn to these lethal but irresistible fissures in the earth, not least because the soils surrounding them are incredibly mineral-rich and whatever grows on them, including grapes, has flavours as intense as a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Salty, gritty and powerful — these are the world’s best volcanic wines. Buy tickets now

SOUTH AFRICA GETS COOL
$70 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Host: Christopher Waters, Co-founder & Editor of VINES Magazine & Wines of South Africa 
Having just returned from a visit to the Cape, Christopher Waters is keen to showcase a selection of highly rated, hard-to-get wines from this remarkable country and share some of what he learned about one of the “hottest” topics in South African wine – the Cape South Coast. Known for its cool Maritime microclimate – influenced by its proximity to Walker Bay – the regions making up the Cape South Coast are some of the coolest (literally) out there! Come and explore premium examples of some of the best cool climate wines in the Southern hemisphere. Buy tickets now

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21

RAVE REVIEWS
$85 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Host: LCBO Product Consultant
In the wine world, a great review from a wine critic can cause pandemonium on release days. Wine reviews have uncovered hidden treasures and turned many wine producers into overnight success stories. Ninety-plus points, star ratings out of 5 and even glasses of three are some rave reviews adjoining great tasting notes. Our expert will uncork some highly rated wines so you can discover what it takes to earn such stellar praise. Buy tickets now

THE VOICE OF RIESLING
$70 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Host: Emma Garner,
Winemaker, Thirty Bench Wine Makers
Riesling has long been the Beamsville Bench’s star grape variety, and the signature wine of Thirty Bench. Join Ontario Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year Emma Garner for this exploration of the Thirty Bench Small Lot Rieslings that display unique nuances of flavour influenced by where they’re grown in the vineyard. Taste and compare wines from different vineyard blocks and savour the extraordinary purity and versatility of the variety, then put on your winemaker’s hat and try blending the wines in order to replicate Thirty Bench’s popular Winemakers Riesling. Buy tickets now

BURGUNDY’S FINEST
$85 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hosts: Tony Aspler & Jason Woodman
With more than 1,000 years of viticultural history, Burgundy holds a unique significance for wine lovers. Experience the beauty and legacy of its fabled landscape through an impressive range of wines from Domaine William Fèvre in Chablis, Bouchard Père & Fils in the Côte d’Or and Villa Ponciago in Fleurie. Veteran wine writer Tony Aspler and importer Jason Woodman will share their keen insight into these fine expressions of Burgundy’s sub-regions. Buy tickets now

SPAIN: CLASSICS AND DISCOVERIES
$70 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Host: David Lawrason, Wine Columnist, Toronto Life
Spanish wine is anchored in Tempranillo and the traditions of Rioja, the source of some of the world’s great aged classics. But less well-known regions are emerging with bold new wines from indigenous grape varieties like Garnacha, Cariñena, Graciano, Monastrell and Mencía. David Lawrason of Toronto Life and WineAlign has visited many of these regions in recent years and will bring you up-to-date with a tasting of eight personally selected reds that reflect the vibrancy and value of modern Spain. Buy tickets now

BILLY’S BEST BOTTLES – TASTING TRAVELOGUE
$75 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Host: Billy Munnelly, BillysBestBottles.com 
Thinking of taking a wine and food trip next year? Join Billy Munnelly and Kato Wake for their armchair travelogue of the places they tour and adore – Piedmont, Lisbon, Ireland, and their home, Prince Edward County. Taste nine wines that Billy has selected to showcase on Billy's Best Bottles tours – sparkling, white, red, and sweet. Hop on board and be transported! With so much fun packed in, Billy’s seminars are always sell-out classes. Buy tickets now

ICONIC INDULGENCE
$95 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Host: Roberto Salvino, Authentic Wines & Spirits
Wine expert Roberto Salvino has assembled an incredible collection of internationally acclaimed wines that showcase how passion and tradition shape great wines. Taste and discover top releases from great Tuscan estates Castello Banfi, Luce della Vite and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, as well as premium selections from Amarone superstar Masi Agricola and the world-renowned Cristal Champagne from the house of Louis Roederer. Seats are limited so be sure to get your tickets early as this luxurious tasting is bound to sell out quickly. Buy tickets now

WORLD OF DRINKS
$90 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler 
The Thirsty Traveler is back from his global search for the world’s most unique beverages and looking to showcase his latest discoveries in this energetic session. Always entertaining and unexpected, this dynamic seminar is filled with Brauch’s signature tales from his travels. He will provide an arsenal of his favourite spirits, beer and wine from around the globe, insight into their origin and more than a few moments of unabashed laughter to quench your thirst for the world’s best drinks. Buy tickets now

TORBRECK: THE ESSENCE OF THE BAROSSA
$85 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Host: Matt Lane, VP, Americas, Torbreck Vintners
Ranked as one of the world’s greatest wine estates, Torbreck Vintners has access to some of the oldest vineyards in Australia’s most hallowed wine region, the Barossa Valley. With the unwavering philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard and then nurtured through to the bottle, Torbreck offers a range of wines that capture the essence of the Barossa. Join Matt Lane for the first consumer tasting of the Torbreck portfolio in Toronto, including the 2013 Semillon and 2013 Cuvée Juveniles Grenache Shiraz Mataro as well as spectacular icon wines from the 2012 vintage, The Struie Shiraz, The Pict Mataro, The Descendant Shiraz/Viognier and Run Rig. Buy tickets now

A LITTLE ITALY
$80 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Zoltan Szabo, Sommelier
One of Toronto’s most distinguished sommeliers, Zoltan Szabo has a passion for Italy that has been honed at some of Toronto’s finest Italian restaurants and fine dining establishments on three continents. Zoltan brings eight handpicked selections to showcase the very best of Italy, highlighting regions, producers and vintages that every wine lover should know about. An award-winning wine taster and consummate host, he invites you to join him on a personally guided tour of Italy’s bounty that’s not to be missed. Buy tickets now

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This year’s program offers unrivalled access to the world's greatest wines and the most knowledgeable presenters including winemakers, media personalities and industry experts. Here are some of the presenter highlights for this year.


Kevin Brauch • Writer • Celebrity DrinkingRobot

The one and only Kevin Brauch, worldrenowned host of The Thirsty Traveler, globetrotter, bon viviant and, in his own words, “really great guy,” is back from his international search for the world’s most impressive beverages. From a talented young bartender working in Toronto’s busiest bars and restaurants to the titleholder as the man with “the best damn job in the world,” Kevin has immersed himself in the world of drinks. Kevin crosses the globe drinking the world’s finest spirits, wines, beers and eating the best food imaginable. This multiple-nominated, Gemini Awardwinning presenter also hosts MegaWorld and is the co-host of Iron Chef America.



Billy Munnelly • Educator • Writer billysbestbottles.com

One of Canada’s most creative wine writers, Billy Munnelly has delivered light-hearted and enlightening wine advice for 30 years. Munnelly’s goal has been to remove confusion and
intimidation from the wine selection process – taking it back from the socalled snobs. Before devoting his life to the pursuit of delicious, affordable wine, the Irish-born bon vivant spent
years in the restaurant industry. In 1983, Munnelly switched to drinking full-time and “hasn’t missed a day’s work since.”

John Szabo • Master Sommelier johnszabo.com

John added the MS credentials to his name in 2004, becoming the first in Canada, and is one of only 210 overly dedicated master sommeliers currently sipping wine worldwide today. John is a partner and principal critic at winealign.com, Canada’s most popular online resource for wine reviews and news in Canada, wine columnist for Ricardo Magazine, and wine editor for CityBites, among many other freelance and consulting activities. His next book, Volcanic Wines, will be published in spring 2016.


Christopher Waters • Writer vinesmag.com

Christopher Waters is co-founder and editor of VINES, a national consumer magazine aimed at Canadians who buy, drink and enjoy wine and are passionate about the subject. His weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, is syndicated in Sun Media newspapers across Canada. In addition, Waters is head judge of InterVin International Wine Awards, Canada’s largest international wine competition. He is also an educator at the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute at Brock University. Christopher travels the globe in search of the world’s best wines to enlighten and amaze his readers, students and fans. Congratulations Christopher on fifteen amazing years of Vines Magazine!