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Welcome to this not-for-profit educational resource database & website created by Michael Vaughan PhD
An award-winnng weekly columnist for Canada's top newpapers including the National Post, Globe & Mail and the Financial Times
This not-for-profit website is dedicated to providing readers with independent non-advertorial reviews
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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2021 BUYERS GUIDE

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notes & scores for all releases from JANUARY to MAY 1


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May 15 Vintages Preview

see our 153 linked May 15 release summary

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May 29Vintages Preview

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See NEW hidden delistings

started on Monday, April 26

Remembering Steven Spurrier

Steven & I at Toronto Academie du Vin launch March 10, 2020
see Jancis Robinson's great tribute

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Ontario's Wine Revolution

See the results of Canada's
1st tasting in London England
with top critics Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier & many more
SEE THE 1976 TORONTO LIFE FEATURE



2020 Sauvignon Blanc Judging

It's hard to believe that I was in the beautiful Touraine town of Blois on the Loire River judging the 2020 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. As the only Canadian judge, I joined 74 colleagues from 24 countries and we worked our way through 1,110 submissions on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7).  Getting up at 2 am to start tasting wines is not much fun - but I survived. 
It really helped that I brought two dozen of my ISO tasting glasses (vs. the larger glasses used at the competition) as the ISOs really concentrated the aromatics and provided me with a level playing field for the thousands of other wines I taste annually. This was the LAST major international tasting event of 2020
See the new 2021 tasting results



NEW VISITOR RESOURCES
May 1st reviews are now posted

Time to kick the COVID BLUES with one of our Best Buys
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A New MAY Vintages RELEASE Highlight

Indomita Brut Sparkling 2019
OUR MAY 1st BEST BUY   **+ 89-points
ONLY $14.95 - Vintages #18561
Dry, Vibrant & Fresh - Springtime Perfection
Just Arrived in Vintages from Chile

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See May 1 Buyers Guide

click here to see MAY 1 Vintages Catalogue

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2020 BUYERS GUIDE

2,889 VINTAGES RELEASES
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notes & scores for all releases
from JANUARY to DECEMBER
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History in the Making
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGES
In 1974 the LCBO opened its first Vintages outlet.  In those days it was called the Rare Wines & Spirits Shop & was initially located in a tiny small third floor room at 43 Freeland Street. It then moved to an upscale location across from St. Lawrence Market.

See the original Toronto Life feature from March 1974
when BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE BRUT RD 1961 was $16.45

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