Our Wine Experts have years of experience reviewing wines, perfecting customer wine gifts, and bringing you cellar-worthy gems. These certified professionals lead the CityNews tasting teams through the epic portfolios of each featured winery in order to curate the perfect collection of wines for you each month.
Our wine experts
Tony Aspler has been writing about wine for over 40 years. He was the wine columnist for the Toronto Star for 21 years and has authored more than sixteen books on wine and food including The Wine Atlas of Canada, Vintage Canada, The Wine Lover’s Companion, The Wine Lover Cooks and Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book. Tony has also authored nine wine-based fiction novels. In 2007, Tony was awarded the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He also co-founded Grapes for Humanity, a charity that raises money through the wine community for landmine victims and children with disabilities.
Tony is an accomplished wine educator and lecturer. He is the creator of the annual Ontario Wine Awards competition, an honorary governor of Cuvée and a director of the Independent Wine & Spirit Trust. He is also a director of The Canadian Wine Library. Tony writes for a number of international wine magazines including Wine Spectator, Wine Business International, Tidings, Post City Magazines, Lexpert, On the Go, Fine Wine & Liquor (China), and decanter.com.
Jackie McLachlan is a certified Wine Steward and frequent judge of wine competitions across Canada. In addition, she has contributed reviews and wine tasting notes to various publications for over 10 years.
Jackie is the founder of MyWineCanada.com, the largest online marketplace for Canadian wine and spirits in the country. She is a tremendous supporter of eating and drinking locally and works hard to educate Canadians about the outstanding, award-winning cuisine and beverages that are crafted in our very own backyard.
You can most often find Jackie swirling wine and chatting up the winemaker at one of her favourite local wineries.