Moet et Chandon tasting roomNeil Phillips represents VinCetera at private events and tastings.

Neil has taken various wines & spirits courses over the years, and is a graduate of the Wine Specialist certificate program at George Brown College, where he has also helped teach. In addition, he has participated in courses with the French Wine Society, Université de Bourgogne, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He passed WSET Level 3 in January 2017.

Classes are held at various venues in Toronto from time to time. As well, Neil is available for private events and consultation. If you are interested, contact us.

Wineries of Niagara on the Lake wine and herb weekendFriday January 19th 2018 – Wines of Southwest France

Join Neil and Mardi Michels from for an evening exploring the wines of Southwest France. South of Bordeaux, the wines of this region are many and varied. From robust Bordeaux-style reds to the black wines of Cahors (home of Malbec), all the way to whites and luscious dessert wines. Lesser-known in our market, and often confused with the regions of Languedoc-Roussillon to the south, this area is also a food-lover’s paradise. We’ll sample whites and reds, lighter to full-bodied – and maybe a few surprises as well. If you want to discover a lesser-known region often offering great value, chat informally about the world of wine, and learn a few “go to” dishes for pairing with your wine, this is the evening for you.

All wines will be in the $10-$20 sweet spot, ideal for all your entertaining needs. Wines will be matched with tasty hors d’oeuvres that you will learn to make through the evening (a mixture of hands-on and demonstration dishes). Neil  will talk you through the pairings. Impress your friends with your wine knowledge and wow their palates with some “easier to make than you think” hors d’oeuvres!

Friday January 19th 2018 6.30pm – 9.30pm at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market. Click here for more details and to book.

Friday February 23rd 2018: French Bistro Classics

Take a trip to France over dinner. Join Neil and Mardi Michels from for an evening where you will learn to make a three-course meal of dishes you’d find in any French bistro. You’ll start out making puff pastry bâtons to nibble for your apéritif, followed by a trio of salads (salade de carottes, céleri remoulade and taboulé). Your main course will be Quiche Lorraine and you’ll end end on a sweet note with a Tarte Tatin (much easier to make than everyone thinks – sssh!). We’ll learn to make the pastry from scratch too! After you’ve cooked, we’ll sit down to enjoy the meal together. Wine will be paired with each course. Looking to impress that special someone? It’s perfect timing for a St Valentine’s Day gift!

Friday, February 23rd 2018 6.30pm – 9.30pm The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market. Click here for more details and to register.