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Best Wine List in Toronto

November 5, 2018

Whether you're looking to sip award-winning local wines produced only hours away in neighbouring Niagara or Prince Edward County - or you’re craving a little bar stool travel in a glass, The Big Smoke has something for all your vinous pleasures. 

Undeniably, it’s a true pleasure to walk the streets sampling the city’s many wine lists.

After countless hours of extensive sipping in a stellar collection of lounges and restaurants, we’ve narrowed that plethora down to a list of the exceptional—the best wine lists in Toronto.

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Best Wine Lounge – By the Glass at Montecito

New to the scene and already at the top of our list, By the Glass at Montecito is sure to have something for everyone. Montecito offers a ticket for your taste buds to travel the world via wine—and affordably. By the Glass offers their entire wine list at cost + $30, Friday-Sunday until November 18th. Book your table by contacting: bytheglass@montecitorestaurant.ca or just pop in and find a chair.

Best for Natural Wines – Paris Paris

Even if you’ve tried Paris Paris before, you might want to give it another go. The wine list is continuously updated evolving into a more impressively eclectic selection each day with more than a few unusual finds. One of the famed “Grape Witches,” general manager and sommelier Krysta Oben is the guiding hand behind this constant state of flux. You’ll even find affordably priced house wines. Check the menu for the house white described as “something refreshing” ($9) and the house red that they call “something easy” ($10).

Best Spanish Wines – Labora

Labora is not only one the most stunning restaurants in town but it also hosts a collection of the best Spanish wines around. Its Mencía (Men-thee-ah) wines — you don’t see a lot of these around town — are made from grapes grown in the hills of northwestern Spain. Forget Cab Sauv and try one of these rare gems! Labora also serves a great Cava by the glass, priced at $13.

Best Free Wine! – Southern Accent

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Say no more! They had us at the words “free wine.” Free wine is offered in partnership with top selected wineries on Mondays at Southern Accent's Buck-a-Shuck oyster evening. Diners can take their pick of red or white 2 oz samples from a simply glorious wine list specially selected to pair perfectly with the menu of — you guessed it — southern fare.

If your interests extend to learning about grapes, wine regions, or food pairings, Southern Accent’s servers also offer a wealth of knowledge in this realm and love to chat.

Best Half-Price Bottles – Böehmer

If you couldn’t swing in for free wine on Monday at Southern Accent, head on over to Böehmer on Tuesday for Buck-a-Shuck oysters, $24 lobster, and half-price wine bottles. Even if you’re tied up on Tuesday too, Böehmer’s wine list is sourced from all over the globe and affordable enough to try any day of the week.

Best Mediterranean List – Bar Sybanne 

Dynamite comes in small packages— Bar Sybanne’s wine list is small but crammed with explosively tasty Mediterranean wines. All the Mediterranean biggies are represented on the list including Spain, France, Italy, Morocco and Portugal. There are even a few choice Canadian wines to round off the selection. Sybanne also offers half-price bottles on Tuesdays, and you don’t have to worry about over-ordering. You can take your re-corked leftovers home with you! Yes, that’s legal!

Best Wines on Tap – General Assembly Pizza

In harmony with an atmosphere of bonhomie and generosity, General Assembly Pizza has the best wines on tap. Tawse and Big Head supply this pizza perfection heaven with gutsy reds and lip-licking white wines in a never-ending supply. Come one, come all, and try it for around $9 a glass.

Best by the Glass – Archive

With a list that frequently changes to suit the seasons, Archive strives to find those little gems from all over Canada and the world that will have you asking for another glass. Check out the chalkboard for the latest discoveries and availability.

Have you heard of a drink but are afraid to commit to a bottle? Archive have rarities such as fruit spirits, Amari, grappa, and port that are available to sample first by the glass to be sure you’ve found a match. Flights of wine including blind flights are a special way to expand one’s wine repertoire starting at $24 for three 3 oz pours.

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Best Food-Friendly Wine List – Montgomery’s

Montgomery’s wine list has the biggest selection of organic, biodynamic, and non-interventionist wines. The wine list emphasis is on light, crisp, and perky which is a lovely foil for the market-fresh local Canadian cuisine. Seasonality is the keyword here. Low markups on the bottles ensure a tasty meal with wine that won’t break your budget. Prices are capped at a $42 markup on any bottle costing more than $28.

Best Ontario Wine List – Chez Nous

Oh, Canadian wine list. Chez Nous has a great all-Canadian wine list focusing on Ontario that brings a smile to any face and pride to your heart. They are a bijou bar in a cute neighbourhood in the east end of town.

Best Canadian Wine List – Allen’s 

Visiting Allen’s may be reminiscent to stepping into a pub in Dublin, Ireland, but its wine list is definitely all-Canadian. Add to that undoubtedly the best beer list and burgers in town, and you will understand why this restaurant has become an institution with folks who adore the meat-centric and market-fresh menu.

Best Italian Wine List – Noce

Italian food and wine are a match made in the stars. Noce is the place to soak up both in delicious quantities, especially on Wednesdays when all the bottles from the comprehensive wine list are half price.

Best International Wine List – The Senator Wine Bar

Well priced and global, The Senator Wine Bar is an easy choice for Toronto’s best international wine list.

They have given a lot of thought to choosing wines that will appeal to everyone with some outstanding surprise brands at equally outstanding prices.

While this is only a sampling of the fine wines Toronto has to offer, having done the legwork ourselves, we can guarantee that you won’t regret giving the wines on these lists a sip.

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