We are Nicole & Krysta, The Grape Witches. We are obsessed with flavour, story telling and natural wine. We throw monthly natural wine events and educational seminars big and small in Toronto. Join us.
LCBO AND U! ✨🍇🌿 Zut alacre! We drove all the way to the Italian LCBO, which is EXTREMELY FAR at 8260 Highway 27. When you arrive, you will see many evil looking, unmarked buildings. Do not be afraid. Persevere to the country specific store that stocks hundreds of Italian wines not normally on shelves. You’ll say: am I Masi-eeing all these bottles?! You absolutely are(neis)! *lol sorry* We saw lots of nice things, but for $26 we couldn’t not buy this @vinolauria rosso made from biodynamic Nero D’Avola. Nero D’Avola is one of Sicily’s most famous grapes. It is thick and juicy like the moments you will soon share. You see it in a flannel shirt at an art party and think “I could wear that flannel shirt” and later on tinder, hope to cross paths. When you do, accept Nero D’Avola’s invitation to their annual fall picnic, which, arrogantly, is simply a celebration of its own flavours. There taste fresh (ethically raised) beef jerky, wild blueberry pie and preserved plums. Roll in pine needles! Stomp in the mud! Throw a pile of leaves. Are you both wearing leather jackets? Are you both also wearing Burgundy lipstick and eyeliner? When they come by to refresh the blood sausage fountain does their vine-body brush your arm and do you flush and wonder “is it the wine or something more?” When you finally embrace, do you reach into their back pocket and find crushed black tulip petals and jam? More alarmingly, does my chemical romance immediately begin to play? ✨ What we mean is, we think you’ll like it, despite @jacobwiththegoodfur’s reservations (he hates romance and is very particular about his fur). While there, check out some other hits we threw in our stories, then drive the additional 20 minutes to Markham to eat soup dumplings at Ding Tai Fung before returning to Toronto and feeling blessed to be in a big city with so many things maybe your tinder location should be more that 2 km after all. ❤️ #cuffingseason #lcboandu
Ready to begin! ✨👯♀️🎨 We are high school teachers now, and @hotdocs_ ticket holders are our unruly but smart students! It’s October you missed a month of school already (we are very disappointed in you!!!), but we believe in second chances let’s talk wine and movies AND YOUR FUTURE!!! 🍿 🎥
Thank you to @sprudgewine for this v. nice feature! Super delighted to whisper about who and what we love like our @hotdocs_ natural wine x classic movie night WHICH IS TONIGHT!! A few tickets at the door, which opens at 7:30! Show at 8:30! Link in bio! Lots more cool stuff over on Sprudge like some future content from us! Exclamations are not mandatory, but encouraged!
Big announcement! One of our all time hero makers is coming. Wednesday November 7th is GUT OGGAU DAY. Stephanie and Eduard make some of the most evocative wines we have had the chance to drink and share. We can’t wait to show them around and share these special wines with you. The night has two parts! Part one: an intimate tasting. We are throwing an 100% @gutoggau education hour at the dream zone that is @burdockbrewery’s warehouse. To follow, we celebrate. @archive909 turns into a Burgenland kitchen party one night only with everything by the glass till it’s gone. Tickets for EH in bio. The party is free. JOIN US FOR MAGIC. Thank you as always to illustration goddess @carmenjanelew for the poster. 🌿🌹
You are the wind beneath our wings. #nicewineinaniceplace
Omg omg omg!!!! Finally got our copies of @pipettemagazine and it is beautifulllll! Such an honour to be featured alongside so many people we love and respect. The natural wine community is the best. Congratulations @rachsig and thank you @cfriedmann, our biographer and friend. We bought some to share!!! On sale this Thursday @hotdocs_ and the 18th for our Costume House Party with @bar_loic. Long live print. DM us to save you a copy. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Getting ready for our date with @hotdocs_ the only way we know how! 🍿 Join us this Thursday for our favourite 90s high school movies paired with our favourite natural wines. 🥤 Which thin-skinned heart-throb is Gamay? Who is the Cabernet that peaked in high school and now works at the mall? Does wine taste good through a biodegradable straw? All this and more will be revealed soon! 8:30 showtime. Tickets $33 with the code BACK2SCHOOL. Tickets in bio join usssss for weird, wonderful, delicious and funny nice times in a nice place that we think prefers to be referred to as a Toronto institution we feel lucky to break into. ❤️
LCBO AND U! 🦃 Holiday edition. Sometimes you take an hour to commute to the Australian specialty store at 65 Wicksteed Avenue. Other times it is 4:30 pm the Saturday of a long weekend and you are at the Dundas West LCBO looking at scraps and wondering if it’s time to get into beer. We stared at the shelf for a long time, before noticing this! We are forever obsessed with super cool natural new Australia, but those wines aren’t always available and tend to cost a lot. 💰 There isn’t a wine packing much more steely power and savoury precision that the @brokenwoodwines Hunter Valley Semillon for $22 all over the place. Brokenwood is one of Australia’s most famous and classic producers most known for their dry, age worthy semillons. What is Semillon! You ask, wondering whether the Ls are silent or pronounced. Silently whisper them with us feeling French and powerful (sem-ee-on!) and know you are reciting one of the world’s most famous grapes most people don’t know about. ✨ Semillon is the character actor that steals the screen, but can still go grocery shopping in peace. Has secretly gone to the oscars, but still waits in line for brunch. The third most planted white grape in France (Bordeaux! Sweet stuff!), it also finds a spiritual home in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney where it takes the colloquial name “Hunter Valley Riesling” for its refreshing af acidity. 🍋🥤 It tastes like lemon-lime koolaid powder not-quite-mixed up or what @mr.clean would taste like if you were a wood floor that rly liked its taste. It is the high acid cranberry sauce, the second-cousin who you write off, but surprises you, the smell of rain, the taste of bed all day. 🌧 An easy-to-find pick to replace your mother-in-law’s Pinot Grigio habit. Smile to yourself and whisper “it’s not Pinot Grigio” when she tells you it’s the best one she’s ever had before she launches into that story you hate, again. Whether you are around family, friends, cats who look at you like this, or your damn self, we hope you are having a nice time and taking care of yourself with nice food and drinks and walks and books and whatever u need to be u. ❤️ #lcboandu #chosenfamily #crappylcbos #wesupportu #anchovythecat
But what did Carrie feellllll like? Method acting for @hotdocs_ means wine showers. 📷: @jenalle.los
HOT DOCS COUNTDOWN! Next week we are taking over @hotdocs_ for our dream night. We are pairing natural wines with our favourite movie clips. Education hour with best 90s movies! We will laugh! Cry! Sip! Savour! Look around and think: we aren’t in our parents’ basements anymore!! Tickets are $36, but not for you! Use BACK2SCHOOL for member price of $33. WHAT A DEAL! Pet nat and popcorn! A young Sissy Spacek with meaty, perfect, swill! Show at 8:30. Join usssssss. Link in bio. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Poster by queen @carmenjanelew