Taste Great Grapes at Toronto's Top Wine Bars

Neil Faba

By , Travel Expert at Large, Toronto
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On the surface, wine is a simple drink; it’s just fruit juice fermented into alcohol. But for countries around the world, wine is a matter of national pride and a major export. Different grapes thrive in different regions, and terroir – the soil and climate of a region –can make all the difference in the taste of a wine. Toronto’s best wine bars reflect the city’s diversity. While some specialize in the wines of a specific country or region, others offer the great wines grown right here in Ontario. Some Toronto wine bars are modelled after the enotecas of Italy, where the simple, fresh food is meant to pair ideally with what’s...  Read more »

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    Wine Bar

    Wine Bar gives the tapas experience an entirely different angle. The food is amazingly inventive and the wine list is inspired.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask to sit next to Bryan's cooking station and get a view of your meal being prepared by a consummate professional. Visit on a Monday night, when you can bring a bottle of wine for free."

     
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    Cava

    When chefs Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold opened Cava in 2006, it created an immediate buzz by offering a...  Read more »

     
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    Crush Wine Bar

    Even before her appearance on Top Chef Canada, chef Trista Sheen was drawing crowds to Crush for her food....  Read more »

     
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    Swirl Wine Bar

    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: East Toronto

    What do you get when you combine the hush-hush location of a speakeasy with d├ęcor that blends vintage and...  Read more »

     
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    e11even

    What wine pairs best with a hot dog? E11even, located near the Air Canada Centre -- home of the Toronto...  Read more »

     
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    Enoteca Sociale

    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: West Toronto

    The menu and vibe at Enoteca Sociale in Toronto's west end is built around the wine bars (enotecas) of...  Read more »

     
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    Reds Wine Tavern

    Given its location inside First Canadian Place--Canada's tallest skyscraper--in Toronto's financial...  Read more »

     
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    Mercatto- College St.

    Mercatto was the first restaurant in Toronto to use an Enomatic, when it installed one of the expensive...  Read more »

     
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    Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar

    When they think wine bar, most people's minds conjure up a restaurant that serves a variety of reds, whites...  Read more »

     
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    Biff's Bistro & Wine Bar

    Biff's location on Front Street near the Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market and the financial...  Read more »

     

 

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