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 was Wines of the Camino. We tasted Spanish wines and food and heard about several members’ adventures along the 800-kilometre trek through five wine regions across Spain.
Register for Tastings (for members or by invitation only)
- October 25 – Vineland Estates & Fromager Andre Derrick 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.
Whiskey Night – November 19th – $35
- email Teresa@TeresasWineAcademy.com
Wine and Food Pairing – November 26th – $99
Take your taste buds on a journey and discover the delights of combining food with different wines and wine styles. Discover the effect that they have on each other. We will have sample size food dishes, which you will match and compare to eight different wines, ranging from sparkling, rose, different styles of white and red, as well as a fortified wine. Dishes include some classical pairings as well as some ingredients that are difficult to pair with wine. Together we’ll discover the wine and food combinations that work well together (and even some that just don’t!).
Here’s what others have said about this course:
“I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on Wednesday night, and of course the sampling! I will most definitely be more adventurous in pairing wine and food in future.” Bent Fink-Jensen
“Teresa’s wine and food pairing sessions are a delight to the palette, an education on world wines and an evening of unparalleled fun. Learning has never felt better.” Kate Karn
Location: Teresa’s Wine Academy
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 p
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 the Niagara Peninsula. 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
We had a wonderful time visiting the following wineries:
- 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.
Stay tuned for information about next year’s tour.
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.