Best Toronto restaurants for National Wine Day

Today is National Wine Day! How are you going to celebrate? I’ve come up with the top 5 spots, so now all you have to do is drink up.What a way to start the week!

Via Allegro Ristorante

1750 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5H5

Via Allegro tops the list with their receipt of The Grand Award, the most coveted and esteemed wine award in the world from Wine Spectator Magazine. Why the big hoopla? Only 74 establishments WORLDWIDE hold this distinction. How amazing is that? In addition to that they have over 5000 selections of wine, including a stunning array of collections: 100 Mouton Rothschild from 1893, 85 selections from Chateau Latour and almost 1000 just from Tuscany. If you want to experience wines from around the world, Via Allegro is the place to go. All without having to bring your passport or check luggage.


188 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

Bosk is a natural choice as they received the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in both 2013 and 2014. With over 4,000 wines in inventory and over 700 labels, the choice is truly yours. And should you not wish to indulge in a full bottle, a wide range of wines by the glass - over 50 - are available.

Woodlot Restaurant

293 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2J3

Woodlot has selected wines that are "individual" and list them "simply as they are known, as categorization doesn’t quite seem to fit." So chances are, not only have you not tried them, you’ve probably never heard of them. And that’s a very good thing. So while you tuck into Braised Ham Hock & Fresh Ricotta Cavatelli or Wild Lake Erie Pickerel with spring herb emulsion, fiddleheads, green beans and pomme puree, enjoy a wine adventure – by the glass or bottle - you’ll likely to never forget.

Hot Stove Club

40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2

With a menu heavy with aged hand cut steaks (including a 36 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye!), rich dishes such as Lobster Cobb Salad with Bleu Cheese and buttermilk dressing, and Root Beer Braised Short Rib with garlic gnocchi and young carrot, you want wines that can not only stand up to the dishes, but compliment them as well. Sommelier Jerome Jung at The Hot Stove at the ACC is the ideal guide – knowledgeable without being snobbish, intuitive without being cloying. Whether you’re doing by the glass or by bottle, you’ll experience everything from the perfect Châteauneuf-du-Pape from France, or if money is no object, the 3L Caymus Special Select 2010 from Napa. And this is all before the game’s even started. (Note: you must be a ticket holder to make a reservation)

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