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Lucy Apr 3, 2004 01:07 PM

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    Pixelchef RE: Lucy Apr 3, 2004 01:41 PM

    Barberian’s
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    Markups diminish as the fab inventory of Californian, French and other bottlings hits the peaks—because you deserve the best possible red.

    Chiado
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    It’s the home of both traditional and new, high-tech Portuguese bottlings, from vibrant dry table wines to superb ports and 19th-century madeiras.

    Crush
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    Get with the program: monthly offerings from a featured region unearth treasures by the glass. Unusual, medium-priced finds thrill the aficionado.

    Il Mulino
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    Italian stars dazzle the most devoted fan; affordable bottles let sommelier Zoltan Szabo play matchmaker. Winemaker’s dinners add to the fun.

    Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar
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    Sit at the bar and talk wine with the staff. Strengths are in mature French and German bottlings, unusual varietals, well-sourced bargains. Food matching is a house theme.

    Mammina’s
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    The legend is true: all wines are marked up a mere $5 on the LCBO price. Choose from a respectable array of Italians, arranged by region, with bottles deftly served.

    North 44°
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    Delve into vertical comparisons of Californian cult wines, backed up by Super Tuscans, French grands crus and Niagara’s finest. Bargain buys are flagged separately. Exceptional after-dinner treats.

    Opus
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    One of Canada’s half-dozen greatest lists shows enormous breadth and depth in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian reds. The hosts know what’s drinking superbly now and what dish to pair it with.

    Via Allegro
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    The growing list now tops 4,500 bottles. A team of sommeliers educate on country, region and year, from an 1871 Lafite to a list of 50 excellent wines under $50. Masses to taste by the glass.

    Link: http://food.muvment.com

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      Chin the full RE: Pixelchef Apr 5, 2004 08:59 AM

      (not a wine guy but...) went to Via Allegro last night (review coming soon) and they had a wine priced at $11,000.00!!!

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        Pixelchef RE: Chin the full Apr 5, 2004 04:50 PM

        That's nothin! They've got a magnum Mouton '45 for $23,730.00 I believe.

        Link: http://food.muvment.com

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          Chin RE: Pixelchef Apr 5, 2004 06:41 PM

          for real? damn yo! I guess i was just blown away that i decided not to dig deeper. laugh...

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      SF RE: Lucy Apr 3, 2004 01:41 PM

      Not a big wine drinker myself, but you might consult Toronto Life's list of note-worthy wine lists from their Restaruant Guide. See the attached link, or visit torontolife.com.

      Simon

      Link: http://www.torontolife.com/cityguide/...

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        BTChick RE: Lucy Apr 3, 2004 04:29 PM

        Try Friscos they have over 100 wines under $50. Good selection and the wine director is usually on hand to offer advice.
        Its in the John/Richmond area

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          peter RE: Lucy May 6, 2004 07:37 PM

          Try Le Select Bistro. A diverse wine list that has depth. Quite a few under valued jems if you know what to look for.

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