Updated January 2021

An Introduction to Vintage Assessments by Gilberto Bojaca

Consumer wine advocate and interntionally accredited wine & spirits authority, Michael Vaughan PhD has dedicated this not-for-profit website to share with readers his reviews & scores for new bi-weekly LCBO VINTAGES wine and spirits releases.

Obviously, Michael loves to fish, and despite his youthful looks, he has personally reviewed every LCBO Vintages Release for the past 30 years. He first published Vintage Assessments in 1990 for the Sommelier Guild of Canada at George Brown College.

The website now provides readers with over 62,000 detailed reviews dating back to 2001. It is the only public paywall-free source providing 100% coverage of every Vintages release with full details on each wine/spirit presented along with the agent link & cases purchased.

For consistency, his tasting notes are always based on the classic ISO tasting glass. In 2018 he tasted over 8,000 bottles (5,000+ from the LCBO). His reviews include special wines & spirits from importers and foreign producers, Ontario winery-only selections & upcoming consignment wines. FBTI Supporters have exclusive insider trade-only information on upcoming sales & clearances.

An internationally-accredited wine judge & a founding director of the Society of Wine Educators, Michael is one of Canada’s leading critics. For 9 years he was the award-winning weekly columnist at the National Post. Prior to that the weekly wine columnist at the Globe & Mail and the Financial Times of Canada along with Toronto Life Magazine.

He travels the world judging wine and spirits - including the California State Fair, Vinexpo in Bordeaux, VinItaly, plus VERITAS & ABSA Top Ten Pinotage in South Africa, Argentina, etc. He is the Canadian judge at the annual Concours Mondial du Sauvignon and also judges the annual Concours Mondial de Bruxelles which is scheduled in 2021 to take place in China.

You will also find over 500 of his weekly features from the National Post archived on this website. As a former restaurant and food critic, theatre reviewer, travel writer and university professor of economics at Ryerson University, Michael is still actively involved with various fund-raising activities. Contact Michael at mbv@uniserve.com