Tony Aspler, CM

Tony Aspler, has been writing about wine for over 30 years. He was the wine columnist for The Toronto Star for 21 years and has authored sixteen books on wine and food, including ‘The Wine Atlas of Canada,’ ‘Vintage Canada,’ The Wine Lover's Companion`, `The Wine Lover Cooks` and `Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book‘. As a fiction writer, Tony has authored nine novels that involve wine. In 2007 Tony was awarded the Order of Canada. In February 2001, Tony co-founded a charitable foundation with Arlene Willis. `Grapes for Humanity` raises money through the wine community for the victims of landmines and children with disabilities (

Tony is an accomplished wine educator and lecturer. Tony is the creator of the annual Ontario Wine Awards competition, an honorary governor of Cuvée and a director of the Independent Wine & Spirit Trust. He is also a director of The Canadian Wine Library. At the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival 2000, Tony was presented with the ‘Royal Bank Business Citizen of the Year’ Award. Tony writes for a number of international wine magazines, including Wine Spectator, Wine Business International, Tidings, Post City Magazines, Lexpert, On the Go, Fine Wine & Liquor (China), and you can hear Tony on 680News – Friday, Saturday and Sunday - talking about wine.

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