Toronto Public Tasting Group

The Tasting Assembly (The TA) is a series of masterclasses that run every other Sunday at 1 PM, hosted at SARA Restaurant.

Toronto's public tasting group/ masterclasses for advanced wine professionals, The Tasting Assembly (The TA) is meant as a service to the community. It strives to create a more well-rounded professional, and is complemented with sessions focused on non-wine categories.

The TA is run at cost for the benefit of those that want to experience guided, comparative tastings like none we've ever been privy to. They are designed for round-table discussion, as we each have our own strengths and weaknesses and are sensitive to different aspects when tasting as well. Each session, each flight within the sessions, and each product within the flights are specially chosen and engineered to help develop our palates.

The forum is open to anyone at a suitable level; and we believe every industry professional can benefit from enhancing their knowledge and/or reviewing.

It's led by Alec Merkt-Caprile, a Stage 2 Master of Wine student and candidate for a few other designations (including the CWE and CSE) who has earned the highest grade in the world on a number of bev. alcohol accreditations, and spent time in countless breweries, distilleries, and wine regions around the world.

Alec is a multi-certified beverage alcohol professional with advanced accreditation in spirits, sake, and beer as well. He’s taught at George Brown, has been hired and trained as an instructor for IWEG and Fine Vintage, and had extensive experience teaching and training before entering the wine industry.

We welcome you to join us! Our next session is Sunday, December 8.

*Note: Starting Nov. 17, The Tasting Assembly will begin supporting charitable programs, with bee conservation being our first endeavor.

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All the best,

@AMCWnS   @amerktcaprile

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  • Join us on Nov. 17 for a unique masterclass on the extraordinarily versatile and complex drink and category that is mead! 24 meads from 9 producers to showcase!

    This is a woefully underrepresented genre with impressive historical significance that is starting to see a resurgence now (and shows huge potential in cocktails as well!).

    We'll be focusing on deconstructing structural components and objective quality assessment, as well as exploring various different styles of mead.


    We are so grateful for the generous support of Intermiel (an intriguing Québécois producer that currently makes nine different meads, and many other products!), Miellerie St-Patrice (an exciting, small producer near Québec City with a killer brand!), Rosewood Estates (of which I've been a huge fan and advocate of for nearly a decade), Royal Canadian Mead (Ontario's newest meadery with some very exciting products)!
    Special thanks for helping make our coming mead session even more sensational!!

    For more information, check out their pages and follow them:
    Intermiel | miellerie - hydromellerie - érablière - cidrerie & distillerie
    Miellerie St-Patrice
    Rosewood Winery & Meadery
    Royal Canadian Mead

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