FAQs about Toronto Vintners Club

 

Q: What types of events does Toronto Vintners offer?
A: Most of our events are sit-down, blind tastings of 8 or 9 wines from anywhere in the world with a guest speaker. Occasionally, we also organize food and wine-paired dinners.

 

Q: How does Toronto Vintners differ from other wine clubs?
A: We taste wines from all over the world whereas most other wine clubs specialize in only one country.

 

Q: Do you have a wine cellar or inventory?
A: Yes. TVC has built up an extensive wine cellar over the years. Many of our wines are no longer available in stores or are cost prohibitive for most individuals to buy for themselves. Through TVC's cellar, our members are able to sample some very fine and some rare wines.

 

 

Q: What is the cost to join and is there an initiation fee?
A: A single membership costs $50; up to three additional two people residing at the same address can join for $30 each. If you’re 35 years of age and under, you can join for $35/year. There is no initiation fee. v

 

Q.  Can I join online?
A: Yes. Go to our Join page for a link to our online membership form.

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Q: Do you accept credit card payments for tastings?
A: Yes. We use PayPal to process online credit card transactions for both our events and our memberships.

 

Q: Do you sell tickets at the door
A: No, we cannot sell tickets at the door. To purchase tickets, go to the event page and click on the appropriate link.

 

Q. Can I get a refund if I am unable to attend an event?
A: All ticket sales/registrations are final and we don't issue any refunds because of our financial commitments for room and stemware rental, etc. The only exception is when the event is completely sold out and we are able to sell your ticket to someone else; then we can issue a refund.

 

Q: What's the format of your tastings?
A: We usually sit down and taste 8 or 9 wines in a "blind" format. That means you don't know exactly what you are tasting until you have had a chance to sample all the wines and rank your preferences on an evaluation sheet. We have a guest speaker who provides more insight and information about the wines or the wine growing region.

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Q: Where does Toronto Vintners meet?
A: As at spring 2010, we hold our events at the University of Toronto's Faculty Club (downtown) at 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7. The Faculty Club is easily reached via streetcar from the St. George subway station. For directions and parking, click here.

 

Q: Can I bring a guest to an event?
A: Unless there are restrictions because of limited capacity, guests and non-members are welcomed to attend all of our events.

 

Q: What time do events start?
A: Tastings usually run 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. If people need to leave early, they do. Feel free to linger after the tasting and chat about the wines.

 

Q: How long does a tasting last?
A: Tastings usually run 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on whether we have a guest speaker and/or food. If people need to leave early, they do. Feel free to linger after the tasting and chat about the wines.

 

Q: Do you serve food with the wines?
A: Bread is always provided to cleanse palates and light appetizers are served with the wines.

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Q: Do people score and rank the wines?
A: Yes, we score and rank the wines according to which wines we like best to the ones we like the least. It's done for fun but also helps you remember which wines you prefer in case there's a chance to purchase them. Each table then tallies the scores of its participants and then the table scores are compiled to produce an overall group ranking.

 

Q: What should I wear to a tasting?
A: Where we meet usually has a dress code of "business casual" so please, no blue jeans. Ties and jackets are not required. Avoid wearing scented products to a wine event.

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Q: What if I don't know anything about wine?
A: We offer a "Newcomers' Table" with an experienced taster who can help educate you about the wines and who will guide you through the tasting. You can sign up for the Newcomers' Table as often as you like. Also check our Links page for information on wine education.

 

Q: What types of people join Toronto Vintners?
A: Anyone and everyone who enjoys wine or who wants to learn more about wine. Our members are men, women, young, old, and from every profession. What we all share is a love of wine and good food.

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Q: Are there opportunities to meet other members socially?
A: Great friendships have been made at the Toronto Vintners Club! What better a way to meet people who share your interest in wine? Many people sit and linger over their wines after a tasting, or go to any number of fabulous restaurants in the downtown area.

 

Got a question?

Read through our FAQs. We have easy answers to most questions that people want to know about our club and our wine tastings

 

What types of events does Toronto Vintners offer?

How does Toronto Vintners differ from other wine clubs?

Do you have a wine cellar or inventory?

What is the cost to join?

Can I join online?

Do you accept credit card payments for tastings?

Do you sell tickets at the door?

Can I get a refund if I am unable to attend an event?

What's the format of your tastings?

Where does Toronto Vintners meet?

Can I bring a guest to an event?

What time do events start?

How long does a tasting last?

Do you serve food with the wines?

Do people score and rank the wines?

What should I wear to a tasting?

What if I don't know anything about wine?

What types of people join Toronto Vintners?

Are there opportunities to meet other members socially?