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! Before the snow storm struck and we bundled under our covers to read novels and watch @gilliana in The Fall we drove to the Australian Specialty store at 65 Wicksteed Avenue to see what treasures she held. Our bravery was rewarded with this sweet treasure! 🎉 Hellooooooo @tomshobbrook. We have loved Tom’s electric wines from the Barossa Valley since first sipping his literal and figuratively intoxicating Poolside Rose, which trust us you should 12/10 drink at every opportunity. 🌸💓The Seppeltsfield is hand-harvested, hand-sorted whole bunch Syrah and Mourvèdre from Tom’s home plot. It tastes like olive brine kombucha you would find at a very niche heath store in Bushwick. Like unwashed beets, dark mud, beef jerky left in the sun or wild flowers to a person who has micro-dosed and finds it is ✨working✨. It is savoury and layered, but almost spritzy fresh at first open. We are often asked what natural wine IS THO and we say words and move our hands emphatically, but alternatively we could save everyone a lot of time and just pour tiny thimbles of this wine and nod at each other. “Yeah, that’s it. It just feels alive”. ⚡️ $45.10. 3 units available online, about 10 in store alongside Tommy’s Syrah (also great) and some @bkwines we would gladly drink any of (some orange too!!). 🍊 Best way to find these babies is to make the trek to Wicksteed. Pass the first two Australia shelves, which are full of the usual big-production boring wines and treat yourself to the third shelf bursting with magical elixirs. What the fuck is a country specific LCBO? Google it for great pleasure. Our other faves are the Greek and Italian store. 🌝 #lcboandu #lcboandurbroke #wearecommutersnow
Another from our @fortnightlabel feature, which we’ll call “happy hour”. 👋🙂💕 #womeninfortnight
PSA! Our Taste of China banquet party is next Wednesday! Both the Education Hour - wine with spice! - and the seated banquet dinner are almost sold out. Last chance to join us for the seated portion - tickets in bio! After 10, the doors open for late night snacks and tons of wines, no tickets needed. This is one of our favourite Toronto spots and we can’t wait to fill it to the brim with all of you. Natural wine cart service + wine beer by the incomparable @burdockbrewery. 🦋💕✨
Surrounded by all of the things we most love: fire wines, crisp bread, soft cheese, plants, a cat, each other and perfect @fortnightlabel underwear. What a sweet gift to be featured in their real women series along side some of our hero Toronto creators all shot by literal angel and forever inspiration @ardenwray. More. Full profile up at @fortnightlabel. Their beautiful shop just opened on Queen and we are proud to know them and watch them grow. Thank you, Christina! #womeninfortnight #catsandnaturalwine
It’s still the new year in our hearts, and we’re still full of resolutions! A few we’ve broken, but some are going strong... here is one: tasting more Jura! 🏔 Let’s celebrate this Grape we treasure, SAVAGNIN! This special and mysterious variety is older than us (and we are old!), has lots of diverse and strange relatives (#same) and produces some of the wildest wines that we will spend alll our money on! 💶 She grows in the mountains of eastern France, halfway between Burgundy and Switzerland. It’s nice there and the town of Arbois around where this is made is cute and full of cheese shops. 🧀 This wine ages under flor (magic yeast that looks like pond scum) and develops (over 6+ years of magic transformation aka science) a VERY PUNCHY PERSONALITY - oxidative, hazelnutty and spicy. Like the best people, this wine is not for everyone. It is a far cry from a crisp elegant Chablis ... if that’s what you like u better WATCH OUT! But if you like dry sherry then this will be your vibe because it is kind of like Fino x 1000 without being fortified and comes in 620mL bottles called clavelins to account for the angels share, a cute term we love. Fun fact: Nicole has been known to test potential suitors by slipping them a sip and judging their reaction! Krysta contemplated making a super traditional Jurassien (Jurassic?) dish of fancy chicken with morels and Vin Jaune sauce, but just ended up sipping it in the bath like usual. 🛁 Another classic pairing would involve nibbling comté, something we resolve to do more of in 2019. 🧀 Yellow Wine! 💛 It’s a challenging, meditative wine, something that will keep for EVER, and this one from a bunch of siblings at Domaine Rolet (2011) is an actual dream. 💛✨ Imported by our friend Bernard at @lesommelierwine but a few bottles were at the King & Spadina LCBO - a nice surprise and worth the ~80 dollars. What’s money anyways? Saving our twoonies was not one our our resolutions for 2019 - maybe next year! 💸🤪 #vinjaune #lcboandu #lcboandurbroke
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT. We have been obsessed with Taste of China for many years as one of the best gems on Spadina for steaming hot seafood and garlic tofu open late with friendly corkage. We are taking it over on Wednesday January 23rd for a Chinese Banquet feast with dim-sum style natural wine cart service. YES! We will have one education hour (wine for spice!) from 7-8 and our seated banquet feast at 8 pm sharp! Tickets for both on our website are hecking cheap for January dreams: $35 for EH and $40 for our feast including a glass of wine! 🍇 After 10 we open the restaurant up - no tickets needed! - for dumplings, spring rolls and Peking Duck wraps + the natural wine and beers of our dreams. WE LITERALLY COULDNT THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER. Join us and our pals @burdockbrewery for a winter dream party. 🥰✨ poster by the incredible @carmenjanelew ❤️
PSA: just three rooms left for our @foxfiremountainhouse retreat at the end of the month. We just ordered our dream wines for the weekend. Join us as we explore France, California, orange wine and world wide favourites. Tap photo for some of the incredible producers we’ll be featuring. As always message us for any questions. Link in bio. ❤️ We love you and are so so excited for this opportunity. 📷: @ardenwray
Snow is on the ground and our retreat with @foxfiremountainhouse is only a few weeks away. Join us in front of this roaring fireplace for a weekend of learning and electric wines in a beautiful 100 year old restored inn in the Catskills. Link in bio with full itinerary + information. 🌱 Message us with any questions. We would love to see you there! Here is to a most dreamy start to the new year. ✨💕
All of our friends are here! Join us. 8 p - the rest of our lives. 🥂
PSA leave your fancy glasses, silly stoppers and people who doubt you @ the door it is 2019 and we mean business and our business is your pleasure. c u tomorrow @burdockbrewery for laughs, lasagna, beers and friends. 8 pm on no tickets unless your ticket is a lottery ticket, which we will bless or a ticket to ride, which we will try to accommodate.