Specialty wine/spirit shops in Toronto?
I'm looking for a specific type of Taylor Fladgate port (called chip dry - it's a white port) that we bought originally in Portugal. My mom loooves it and I thought it would be nice to surprise her with some for Christmas. However, the LCBO does not carry it, and in fact doesn't seem to carry any (or many) white ports at all.
Does anyone know of any specialty shops in Toronto that might have this in stock?
And if anyone has white port at home, I highly recommend mixing it with Tonic water and lime slice....very refreshing and tasty drink.
Keep in touch with the 1 800 ONT-LCBO number for ultimate information. The white Port you requested has basically for decades, only been available as a VINTAGES release as demand was not high enough to make it a regular listing! You will be provided with info as to release date and stores that carry it. An LCBO Internet search at their site would allow you to check if it is available in any store as well! Key thing, check with the Info number!
Other than on-premises stores at wineries/breweries and the winery-owned chains (Wine Rack, etc.), the LCBO is the only beverage alcohol retailer in Ontario.
However, products that aren't carried by the LCBO can be specially ordered through them in two ways:
1. If the manufacturer is already represented in Ontario by an Agent, you can order from them (almost always by the case).
2. If the manufacturer is not represented in Ontario, you can try to do a Special Order through the LCBO. This involves asking the LCBO to contact the supplier, getting a quote, etc. If the supplier is willing to sell to the LCBO in the quantity requested, the LCBO will order the product and bring it into their warehouse then deliver it to your local store. This is a pretty long-shot unless you're looking to buy in quantity.
In either case, the best way to find out about the status of a particular product is to call the LCBO InfoLine at 1-800-ONT-LCBO. They'll be able to tell you who represents a producer in Ontario or point you towards the right person in the Special Orders department if a producer is unrepresented.
You can buy specialty wines from consignment or wine agents. I don't know if any of them carry the Taylor Flagate port but if you call one of them, they might know if another sells it. You usually need to buy by the case from agents.
Let us know if you find it. I love a white port with tapas.
There is also something called the yellow pages from LCBO which lists what is available from previous vintages releases. You can probably pick it up at the Queens Quay store.
As far as I know you can't get liquor/beer/wine outside of the LCBO or beer store at all in Ontario, other than wineries that are licenced to sell.
If the LCBO isn't carrying it, try going to one of the bigger locations such as the Summerhill or Queens Quay store and see if they will order it for you.