Our Wine Experts
We’re excited to introduce you to two of our wine experts - Tony Aspler and David Lawrason. Both Tony and David are renowned wine experts in the Canadian and international wine scenes. Both have dedicated their lives to the art of wine; they are award-winning authors, educators, and enthusiastic ambassadors for all things wine. We’re thrilled to have these wine industry greats on the My Wine Canada team!
Tony Aspler has been writing about wine for over 40 years. He was the wine columnist for the Toronto Star for 21 years and has authored more than 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. Tony has also authored nine wine-based fiction novels. In 2007, Tony was awarded the Order of Canada. He also co-founded Grapes for Humanity, a charity that raises money through the wine community for landmine victims and children with disabilities.
Tony is an accomplished wine educator and lecturer. He 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. 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), decanter.com and you can hear Tony on 680News – Friday, Saturday and Sunday - talking about wine.
David has been an independent, full time wine writer, educator and wine competition judge since 1986. Formerly with the Globe and Mail and Wine Access magazine, he is currently VP of Wine for winealign.com, columnist for Toronto Life and Ottawa magazine, as well as Grapevine published in Ontario. He has closely followed Ontario wine throughout his career, founding the Canadian Wine Awards and the Canadian Wine Annual during his time with Wine Access. Residing in Toronto, he maintains close contact with wineries in Prince Edward County and Niagara through regular visits and tastings.