Toronto's best kept secret
We invite you into the wine cellar of the University Club of Toronto.
The Club's wine pricing policy reflects a desire to provide a significant and special benefit to our members in order to encourage their support of our regular dining facilities. The Club has a policy that ensures that wine served for member's regular Club dining will never be subject to a mark-up of more than $28 per bottle, regardless of the retail price of the wine. This advantage is illustrated in the following chart, which compares some of the Club's wine prices with those of a popular Toronto bistro-style restaurant that claims to have a "remarkably fair pricing policy" for its wine.
The mark-up applied to wine on a restaurant wine list is routinely 300% of retail and can climb to even greater heights depending on the establishment concerned. Indeed, it can be maddening to arrive at a restaurant for dinner, only to find that wine prices have been carefully manipulated to extract the largest number of dollars from your wallet.
|Veuve Clicquot Champagne|
|UCT Dining Room Price||$90|
Taittinger Comptes de Champagne Blanc
|UCT Dining Room Price||$243|
Ch. Palmer 1996
|UCT Dining Room Price||$258|
Brunello di Montalcino 'Il Poggione' 2006
|UCT Dining Room Price||$133|
Heartland Coast and Creek Shiraz 2012
|UCT Dining Room Price||$34|
Chateau Langoa Barton 2004
|UCT Dining Room Price
|Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2000|
|UCT Dining Room Price||$202|
Shafer Hillside Select '98
|UCT Dining Room Price||$300|
Bouchard Meursault '99
|UCT Dining Room Price||$100|
Wm. Fevre Chablis '05
|UCT Dining Room Price||$39|
Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Bernkastler Riesling Auslese '03
|UCT Dining Room Price||$55|
The gap between the Club's member price and restaurant wine prices widens further when a less "fair-minded" establishment is used as a comparison. A truly dramatic illustration of such a case is provided by 1995 Chateau Cos d'Estournel, which is sold at the Club for $181 per bottle. Clearly, this is a wine to save for a special occasion. However, the Club price pales in comparison to that of a Toronto steakhouse that is selling the same wine for over $700 per bottle!
Our pricing advantage is enhanced by Spiegelau wine glasses that are now available to members who care to enjoy their wine from fine crystal stemware designed for specific types of wine. Wine service is also being refined by the introduction of training seminars for our serving staff. Overall, given the lengths to which the Club has gone to provide value and an excellent culinary experience, it is difficult to imagine dining anywhere else.
Members, login here for the full members' wine list.
Note that guests from affiliate clubs, and function holders, will be offered the Guest & Function Wine List which still compares well against hotels and restaurants.