Margaux Masterclass


A great wine is like a great performance at the Symphony. One starts with excellent grapes, the other with a fine piece of music, but both need a masterful interpretor to become truly unforgettable. Very few wines in the world offer the quality or the cachet of Château Margaux and an opportunity to taste older vintages should always be embraced. Even more exceptional is the chance to be part of a masterclass tasting with Mme Corinne Mentzelopoulos, the proprietor of Château Margaux since 1980. She is coming to Toronto next week, for the first time in 20 years, and wine lovers will have the opportunity to meet her at two events organized by the Volunteer Committee of the Toronto Symphony. It’s all in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the TSO Fine Wine Festival and all proceeds will support the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and its educational outreach programs. Here are the details.

The main event, “An Evening with Château Margaux,” takes place at 6:00pm on April 26 at the Four Seasons Yorkville. Mme Mentzelopoulos will guide a masterclass tasting and discussion of nine Château Margaux wines she has selected, including the 1983 and the 1996 Château Margaux, followed by dinner. Tickets are available at $650, which represents a great value given the calibre of wines being served. While this price reflects the actual cost of the evening with no tax-receipt attached, patrons will have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation at their discretion. Such donations will be acknowledged in the evening programme and receive a full tax receipt.

The following evening, April 27, an even more exclusive reception in honour of Mme Mentzelopoulos and in the presence of the French Consul General is being held in the Rosedale home of Maureen and Wayne Squibb, major supporters of the TSO. Tickets for this reception are available at $1,000, and space is limited.  A tax receipt will be issued for the maximum amount allowable for this reception event.

“The chance to sample a wide variety of wines from this iconic château and engage with its visionary owner is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Marianne Oundjian, Co-Chair of the TSO Château Margaux Committee. “What a delight this promises to be for both wine and symphony lovers.” I couldn’t agree more.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Linda McGeown, TSVC, at 416-593-7769 ext. 359, or

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