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.
Did you know that as a resident of Ontario you can legally buy directly from any winery across Canada without going through the LCBO???? It’s true!! ✨🍷🙏 We will spend the rest of the year highlighting some of our favourite small growers around the country who ship direct and would love to hear from you. 🦋 First up is @thwines. We first encountered Tyler and his wines four years ago in Vancouver, as pure, honest, evocative expressions of Okanagan fruit. Tyler grew up in Saskatchewan on a grain farm. 🍺 Professional hockey drew him away (lol seriously) before he began studying law in Montreal. His time in this electric city began a love affair with wine because law is cool, but have you ever been to Montreal? Years later, he found himself in Penticton BC, aka the heart of west coast wine country, where he quickly began learning and working wherever he could. In 2011 he began TH Wines, an ultra boutique bb facility making minuscule amounts of delicious things poured at all of the best Vancouver restaurants. Today at just 1200 cases his winery is still teeny tiny, but big enough to share. His wines are not available in Ontario through an agent - aka impossible to find on any restaurant list - but he can legally ship you any of his range directly from BC to your door. You can buy any amount, but over a case includes free shipping. May we humbly suggest making your own mixed case, another thing that you can’t assemble in Ontario! The Cab Franc (meaty boy), Pinot Noir (fresh n’ earthy), Rose (strawberry tang) and Riesling (acid fun dip) are all in stock and three of each makes 12! #math 🌹 We have checked to make sure everything is available and at $28 to $35 each they are killer value for very hand made things we would happily glug any day of the week. Yes. Yes. Yes. Email Tyler at email@example.com or peep their site to order directly. Let it begin. #directdeliveryandu
Come for the hot fire 🔥wine deals, stay for the lasagna, and for the chance to see Pharmacy not completely in the dark! 🍷🌹🖤
Tonight is the night!!! Find us at Pharmacy from 8 pm-2 am for our one night dream dive wine bar. In our sleigh will be many bottles of wine we have been hoarding all year and also a thick piece of lasagna c/o @lasagnadoeslasagna. Come drink perfect things out of thick glasses with us! Smoke inside*! Live your life and embody your truth! Take one InDesign course and make tacky posters that just feel right! Peep our stories for wine list previews. *pls don’t smoke inside
Psttttt!!!! 🍊 1. We had so many of you asking for more orange wine education hour spots. 2. We want to give them to you!!! but want to keep the sessions super nice and small! So 3. We added a SECOND ORANGE WINE SESSION for this Sunday December 9th at Pharmacy! ✨😋🍇 4-5 pm. $40 for six natural orange wines from around the world. Tix just released in bio. Join ussss and emerge like a sunset in late summer all sticky and peaceful and show-offy in your yellow-orange glow. 🌅 ALSO a handful of sparkling spots still available! Don’t forget about sparkling, she isn’t just for celebration, but in fact for life and isn’t life a daily act of small celebrations that makes the cocktail hour of our existence? So maybe, yeah, we take it back, she is for celebrations aka every moment lol sry. 💕✨ 📸 @ardenwray 🙏❤️
Absolutely horrified to see the @lcbo restock known sexual predator @normanhardiewinery. A reminder of the stats in this article: 3 women describe unwanted sexual contact, 18 others describe requests for sex and deliberately being exposed to pornography, countless other more extreme and horrendous stories are untold. The hurt is enormous. Also disgusting: email the @globeandmail shares where Rafik Louli instructs LCBO employees to “avoid any speculations of sharing personal opinions - negative or positive.” 🤮 Skin crawling. We wish there was another store in this market we could support. Besides not buying the wine and telling your friends and acquaintances to do the same, a helpful tip is that all LCBO employees emails are their first and then last name at lcbo dot com. We will spend the morning writing a note to Astrid Brummer, the Ontario specialist and Rafik Louli the Vice President of retail operations whose quote is above. (so firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) 🙏 The LCBO customer service line is 1(800) 668-5226. How are we still here. This week’s #lcboandu will share other ways to access great wine.
PSA: Monday means this Sunday’s party is six sleeps away. 🌝 Pharmacy! Natural Wines from Santa’s Sleigh and/or Nicole’s closet! Veg + meat lasagna! Memories. 🍊 8-2. Newsletter drop 1st thing 2morrow. 🎬: @jenalle.los
LCBO AND U. ✨🦋 You could go out ORRRR you could take a loooong bath, 🛁 so long you turn into a little raisin, and cozy up in a bed nest full of clothes and books and your laptop and pour yourself a glass of this very nice wine. 🍷 We have talked about Ramon of Celler Pardas before! He and his partner Jordi make wine just south of Barcelona, including Sus Scrofa 🐗 one of our favourite #wineswithanimalsonthelabel 🥤 and a true vision of PARTY WINE. This is a different version of that cool rare old grape, Sumoll, and it’s available at the LCBO right now! Raised in concrete and old oak, the Collita Roja is made of Sumoll (and a splash of Marselan) from several super old tiny plots which are farmed with no chemicals and a lot of care for the land and its future. It is a dream wine to close the widening gap between Cranky Wine Pros and Natural Wine Kids. Something for everyone! 🤓😎For the Serious Adults 👩⚖️👨⚖️ wearing their somm pins on their lapels: it has dense structure, lotsa tannins, and smoky dark fruit. For the 🙄 Kids-These-Days™️wearing natty wine t-shirts it has pure fruit, high acid, and a cranberry granola crunch. Wow! Collita Roja is the Unusual Animal Friendship of wine - like a cat playing with an owl 🐈 🦉 a doggy being pals with a bird 🐶 🐦 oh man we can really go deep down an internet path of cute animals maybe u should try it! Anyways here is an emoji tasting note of this wine, which if from 2011 but still feels fresh fresh fresh. 🍷🍓🍒🥐🦴🏔🍰🍇🔥 This would be a nice wine to hide a couple of bottles from your impulsive present self as a gift to your thirsty future self (39 bucks) but THIS bottle we are going to drink with joy in our underwear, feeling fancy, thinking of Catalunya, googling flights to Spain or a coast or we’ll go anywhere really, dreaming of nature, dreaming of animals. #lcboandu
PARTY ANNOUNCEMENT. 🎅 It’s us, live from Santa’s couch at @dufferin_mall. We’re here to tell you something. On Sunday December 9th we are taking over iconic and cozy Parkdale bar Pharmacy with fire wines and rare treats at dumpster prices and we’d like you to be there. @lasagnadoeslasagna will be on hand doling up veg and meat lasagna, which we have heard Santa prefers to cookies. Before we party, we offer one last set of education hours for 2018. First up is ORANGE CRUSH an all orange wine deep dive followed by SPRKL SEASON, which we think you can figure out because you are very smart, we have noticed, and keep meaning to tell you. Link in bio for EH tickets, the party is free, your love is priceless. #nicewineinaniceplace
LCBO and U! ✨ Travel to the Greek speciality store at 200 Danforth. Walk decisively to the back, where you will be welcomed by Greek flags and an old man buying Ouzo. Pick up this bottle of cosmic @domaineligas Amphora, which costs $50, or one and one third spin classes in yorkville. Remember that amphorae are the classic clay pots used to age wine in ancient times. Later, imagine your mouth as a tiny amphora, feeling the acid and white-wine tannin (you heard us) prick your little tongue with every sip that lingers, as the wine sits, mouth ageing. #mouthageing 🏺 Later learn that the winery is in an ancient viticultural place where the first performance of Bacchus once took place. 🌹Also learn that the grape, Kydonitsa is rarer than finding 12 bottles of this wine, of which 530 bottles are made, on a government shelf. 🍊 It is an orange wine. A category you like because it tastes like indie movies and looks like sludge. An intoxicating perfume, a rotten apricot in a Russian sauna, a wild treat to share or hoard. #lcboandurbroke get it before we slurp it all and call it research. #lcboandu
PSA @lucymargauxwines: still delicious. 👄#nicewineinaniceplace