How to get great wine delivered to your door (and a year of Toronto Life for free, too)
We’re big fans of Charlie’s Burgers, the excellent Toronto-based pop-up dining series hosted in a different top-secret location and by a different high-profile chef every few months, many of them recognized by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the Michelin Guide and Relais & Châteaux.
And we especially love their CB Wine Program, a subscription-based wine club where members receive a customized delivery highlighting a different producer each month. The CB Wine team tastes some 600 bottles a year to select a line-up of 12 producers, then visits the vineyards and imports the bottles directly—so yes, these wines are special (none of them are available at any Ontario retail store). You’ll get to try bottles from a monastery vineyard run by monks from Ile Saint-Honorat, and never before exported to North America. Or from the tiny, family-run Big Table Farm winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the darling of international wine critics.
Each delivery comes with notes about the winery, the maker, and the wine itself, plus cellaring tips, suggested food pairings, and two featured Toronto restaurants where you can bring the bottles and they’ll waive the corkage fee—places like Bar Isabel, Campagnolo, DaiLo, Beast, Le Sélect, Parts and Labour, Patois, Skin and Bones, Harbord Room, Carbon Bar, Nota Bene, L’Unita, Bymark and Richmond Station.
And here’s another bonus: the Cheese Boutique prepares a basket of provisions specifically designed to pair with the wines and offers it to CB members at a wholesale price. Members deal directly with the owner and cheese master Afrim Pristine.
For the month of February, if you sign up for the CB Wine Program ($112 per month) using promo code TORONTO LIFE, you’ll receive a one-year print subscription to Toronto Life with your membership. If you’re already a subscriber, we’ll extend your subscription by a year.
Because nothing goes better with a top-notch bottle and a world-class nosh than a really great read.