10 Monthly wine tastings
On the last Thursday of every month from January to October, we have a wine tasting and food pairing event. We invite Ontario agents who have international wines, many of which are not available at the LCBO, as well as local wineries to introduce us to and showcase their wines. We start with a sparkling wine and an amuse-bouche, followed by a flight of white wines, then a flight of red wines. Each wine is paired with food that reflects the country of origin, flavour profile of the wine and/or a contrasting, often surprising aspect of the wine.
Each evening is unique, informative and provides an opportunity to taste wines and of course order them directly from the agent and/or winery. All 10 tastings are included in the annual membership fee. You must register for each tasting to reserve your spot.
Once a year, we also have our members-only masterclass. Previously, we had master classes for sparkling wine that included Champagne, Cava, Cremant, Prosecco and Ontario sparkling wines and Port wine that included samples of white, ruby, tawny LBV and vintage ports. Members learned about the different styles of sparkling and port wine including taste profiles, production methods and grapes. Included were a variety of foods that showed the robustness of sparkling wine with food, and the following year, recipes developed by Canadian Chefs specifically for Taylor Fladgate’s ports.
This year, join us for Wines of the Camino. Taste Spanish wines and food and hear about several members’ adventures along the 800-kilometre trek through five wine regions across Spain.
Register for Tastings (for members or by invitation only)
- May 31 – Your WineMaking Place Register
- June 28 – Kacaba Winery Register
- July 26 – California Night Register
- August 30 – Univin & Chef Maggie of Indulgent Chef Register
- September 27 – Vineland Estates & Fromager Andre Derrick Register
- October 25 – Amethyst Wine Agency Register
Special tastings and events
In addition to the regular monthly tasting, we periodically have special tastings of wine or spirits, theme evenings, promotional events and winemakers’ dinners. We also receive invitations from our partners to industry events and special events. Many of these tastings and events have very limited seating. Check our website on a regular basis for upcoming special events.
Each year in July, we have a summer BBQ at different locations throughout the city. Members have typically offered their beautiful homes, whether they be on the waterfront, at a rooftop of a downtown condo or a large beautifully landscaped backyard. Our members are generous, the food plentiful and wine, beer and cider tickets are included. It’s an opportunity to talk to fellow members in a more informal outdoor setting but with the same high standard of food and wine provided.
July 15 – Summer BBQ – Register
Every year in November we have a Gala Christmas Party catered by Chef Maggie of Indulgent Chef. Last year, we had a European Christmas with wines and foods from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Germany. Check out the Gallery for pictures of the event. This year our theme is Christmas Down Under. Join us for some terrific Australian wines and see what we have on the barbie!
November 29 – Christmas Down Under – Register
Local winery visits
Visits to wineries to see where the grapes are actually grown and talk to the people who grow the grapes and make the wines enhances our knowledge and gives us some insight into what the vineyard manager and winemakers are up to. Naturally, we taste many different wines at multiple wineries and stop for some great food as well. We’ve been to Prince Edward County and are heading out to the Niagara Peninsula this year. We also have plans to visit Lake Erie North Shore and perhaps even Nova Scotia over the next couple of years.
August 25 – Niagara Peninsula – Register
We will be visiting the following wineries (may not be in order):
- Rockway Vineyards – flight of (3) wines & tour of the museum.
- Ridge Road Winery – Flight of (5) wines with some nibbles.
- Harbour Estate Winery – viticulture tour learning about the different viticulture techniques used at Harbour Estates in order to produce premium quality fruit.
- Stoney Ridge Winery – wine and cheese from the cheese boutique, featuring award winning cheeses from artisanal producers.
- Vineland Estates – a masterclass of wine, cheese and charcuterie guided by a winemaker from the vineyard.
You will be transported to Niagara Country via coach. Pick up and return location will be the Art Gallery of Burlington (Parking passes provided by BWC). Pick up 9:30 a.m. and return 7 pm.
The Burlington Wine Club is pleased to offer tours to wine-producing countries around the world. These memorable experiences focus on the vineyards and people who supply the wines that we have all come to love, and allows members the opportunity to experience the culture and scenery at a leisurely pace. This year’s trip takes place:
October 15 to 25, 2018 (10 days) – Wine and food highlights of Champagne and Burgundy – TRIP CANCELLED.