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Thursday, November 14th

Taste Like a Pro
Sandra Wall
LCBO Product Consultant
$65 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Legs, 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 the subtle differences in wine varietals 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 in just 90 minutes.

Best of the Best
Igor Ryjenkov, MW  
Product Manager, European Wine
Vintages, LCBO
$150 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This amazing session offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste rare, exclusive wines while finding out what it takes to be the best. Igor, the first and one of only four Masters of Wine in Canada, has once again hunted down six exceptional wines for this year’s event. Recreating this remarkable tasting would cost thousands! Join us for a taste of some of the best wines in the world.

InterVin Gold
Christopher Waters
Co-founder & Editor of VINES Magazine
$75 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Taste your way through 10 top-scoring wines from the 2013 InterVin International Wine Awards. Christopher Waters will enlighten guests by relaying highlights from the competition that saw more than 1,200 wines put to the test and sharing inspired stories from the award-winning winemakers themselves. 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.

Friday, November 15th

Billy’s Best Bottles a Wine Travelogue
Billy Munnelly
$75 6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Prince Edward County is enjoying a wave of excitement, thanks to the influx of artists, organic farmers, chefs and winemakers. Join wine writer and County resident, Billy Munnelly, (aka billysbestbottles.com) for a taste of eight of P.E.C.’s best wines, along with a slide show of his favourite attractions. In this lighthearted and fun seminar, you’ll also learn some of Billy’s “shortcuts” to wine confidence and pleasure.

Regal Ruffino
Robert Ghezzo
Brand Ambassador, Ruffino
$80 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For more than a century, Ruffino has been a leader in fine Italian winemaking. Ruffino Chianti and Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico, a label originally made for Italy’s royal family, were among the first Tuscan wines to be exported. They created international demand for the region’s classic wine character, offering both power and perfume. This rare tasting will celebrate the evolution of Ruffino’s historic estates via a dramatic range of wines, including the innovative Modus Toscana and the iconic Riserva Ducale Oro, that offer the essence of Tuscany.

Californian Gold
Brendan McKenna
LCBO Product Consultant
$85 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Brendan McKenna reprises last year’s sold out class by bringing even more new and exciting wines for you to taste. The California wine industry is booming — likely because its sun-soaked regions produce incredible wines to suit every palate. The following for big, bold Cabernets, lush, juicy Zinfandels and ripe, complex Chardonnays is getting bigger every minute. Taste the best classic and contemporary wines that showcase why California continues to be such a hot spot.

A Master Class
John Szabo
Master Sommelier
$85 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join John Szabo, Canada’s first Master Sommelier and principal critic for WineAlign. com, for an insider’s tour through the world of wine. John has selected an outstanding lineup of up-and-coming grapes, regions, producers and styles - the stuff you wouldn’t likely know about unless you are immersed in the wine trade - that are ripe for discovery. Pick up some tips on how to taste wine, serve, and pair wine and food like a master sommelier along the way.

Saturday, November 16th

Mining Those Buried Gems
Gord Stimmell
The Toronto Star
$65 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Discovering great bargains has been Toronto Star wine critic Gord Stimmell’s passionate pursuit for decades. With hundreds upon hundreds of bottles jostling for attention on the shelves, Gord shares the secret ways you, too, can discover the hidden treasures, by deconstructing eight wines that recently soared above the mundane and overpriced offerings at the liquor store. Sip along as he explains what constitutes an amazing value.

Champagne & Caviar
Naor Cohen – Kelp & Imperial Caviar & Matt Henn – Brand Ambassador, Veuve Clicquot
$85 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The world’s most prestigious food and beverage come together as Imperial House of Caviar and Veuve Clicquot partner to show you the best way to pair six premium caviars (sturgeon, salmon, trout, whitefish, masago and kelp) with six of Veuve Clicquot’s best Champagnes. From a casual snack to the most exquisite dinner, you will discover the endless ways to make caviar part of your everyday life – with a touch of luxury!

Super Italians
Antonio Ruscetta
LCBO Product Consultant
$90 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Since the 1970s, “Super” has been used to describe many prominent wines from Tuscany. Today, this term can be used to describe great Amarones and Barolos as well as some of Tuscany’s finest. Join our expert as they guide you through some of the most soughtafter artisanal wines from Italy and discover what makes them truly “Super.”

Tour de France
Adam Caputo
LCBO Product Consultant
$85 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Discover the history, charm and elegance behind France’s renowned wine growing regions. Take a guided tour from Burgundy to Bordeaux and Champagne to the Rhône Valley and discover the great wines this country has to offer. Join our expert as they introduce you to an exceptional range of wines to entice every palate.

Rave Reviews

Joe Gentile
LCBO Product Consultant
$85 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In the wine world, a great review from a wine critic can cause pandemonium on release days. These reviews have uncovered hidden treasures and turned many wines into an overnight success story. 90+ points, star rating out of 5 and even glasses out of three are some rave reviews adjoining great tasting notes. Join our expert as they uncork a new release of incredible wines so you can discover what it takes to earn such stellar praise and be a wine critic for a day.

Iconic Indulgence
Frank Rey
Authentic Wines & Spirits
$95 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Veteran wine expert Frank Rey has assembled an incredible flight of iconic international wines that showcases how passion and tradition shape great wines. Taste 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 Champagne superstar Louis Roederer, the producer of Cristal. Be sure to get your tickets early as this star-studded tasting is bound to sell out quickly.

Under the Barossa Sky
Matt Lane
Peter Lehmann Wines
$70 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Barossa Valley is the heartland of the Australian wine industry and the place where it all began. Join Vines editor Christopher Waters and Barossa native Matt Lane, of Peter Lehmann Wines, as they examine the region’s diversity: from delicate, vivacious Riesling to the powerful grace of its world-renowned Shiraz. Taste a range of very different wines from Peter Lehmann, Yalumba and others to experience for yourself why the Barossa Valley is the jewel of Australia.

World of Drinks
Kevin Brauch
The World of Drinks
$90 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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.

Tuscan Treasure
Ivano Reali
Managing Director, Castello di Gabbiano
$80 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ivano brings a taste of the Tuscan sun to Toronto to present the elite collection of wines produced in the heart of Chianti Classico at the celebrated Castello di Gabbiano. This exceptional tasting will feature elemental expressions of the Sangiovese grape from traditional to transformative, including the award-winning Chianti Classico Riserva and emblematic single-vineyard bottling, Bellezza (Italian for Beauty), which truly lives up to its name.

Perfect Pinots
Kat Jagos
LCBO Product Consultant
$85 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Despite its variable nature and unique regional personalities, Pinot Noir continues to be one of the hottest grapes around. Examples can be big and bold or soft and demure, even downright earthy. And just when you think you’ve figured out what’s in your glass, it reveals something entirely different. Our expert has selected six exceptional Pinots to paint a picture of regional styles and expressions, showing you all that the Heartbreak Grape can offer!

California Style Speed Tasting
Angela Aiello of iYellow Wine Club
$75 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Calling all vinophiles! Get up close and personal with moderator Angela Aiello founder of iYellow Wine Club and winery representatives to find your perfect wine. Discover first-hand the intimate secrets of some of the world’s most outstanding wines and wineries through this exciting tasting format. Based on the speed dating model, the event will deliver a fresh twist on the standard wine seminar. Experience 10 incredible wine stations in this 90 minute session were you will have about 6 minutes at each station taste wine, hear their story, ask your questions and find your perfect match.

VINES’ Fab 15
Christopher Waters
Co-founder / Editor VINES Magazine
$65 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
VINES is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a sensational tasting of exceptional and exciting wines from around the world. Christopher Waters and surprise guests will share thelatest buzz from the world of wine as you taste some of the most memorable bottles featured throughout the magazine’s history. Learn why these top wines were singled-out from the thousands sampled over the magazine’s 15 years. Discover new favourites and how to serve them with style during the holidays.



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

Kevin Brauch • Writer • Celebrity


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


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.”

Gord Stimmell • Educator • Writer

thestar.com/living/food | winefox.ca

Gord has spent the past 35 years studying wines from around the world. He grew up in Europe and, since moving to Canada, has travelled the globe visiting winegrowing regions and interviewing distinguished winemakers and producers. Gord currently tastes and rates up to 6,000 wines a year, both in Canada and abroad. In addition to his column, Gord on Grapes, for The Toronto Star, he frequently contributes freelance articles and photography to various Canadian magazines.

John Szabo • Master Sommelier


John is a Master Sommelier, a principal critic for WineAlign.com and NationalPost.ca, and wine editor of Toronto’s CityBites Magazine. He’s the author of Pairing Food and Wine For Dummies, and has freelanced for Wine & Spirits Magazine, En Route, the Globe and Mail, VINES, Wine Access, Grapevine Magazine and Nation’s Restaurant News. You’ll hear him regularly talking wine or sharing wine tips on Classical 96.3FM, and if you dine at one of the several new restaurants at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, The Joey Group of restaurants or Cafe-Bar-Pasta in Toronto’s west end, you’ll be choosing wine from his program.

Christopher Waters • Writer


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!


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