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Archive Wine Bar

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Archive is the place where Toronto sommeliers go to drink. Since opening in late 2012, this 28-seat wine bar on Dundas West has hosted as many sit-down tastings for winery principals and beverage professionals as it has late-night parties. Front man Joshua Corea, a former high school science teacher, and brother Joel offer a cost-defying inventory of 300 labels, of which over 50 are available in 3- and 5-ounce pours, the higher-end selections via Coravin. This is where Corea especially likes to play, with wines like La Vista’s Côtes Catalanes, Viñátigo’s Vijariego from Tenerife and Hauck’s Kunststück, a weissburgunder-auxerrois blend from Germany’s Rheinhessen. The blind flight is especially tempting at $23. As per the Zeitgeist, selections heavily favor the organic and biodynamic: “I’m drawn to wines made with low levels of “modern” intervention, but I’m not dogmatic,” says Corea.

This review appears in the print edition of the August 2016 issue.
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John Szabo MS is the Toronto-based author of Volcanic Wines (Jacqui Small Publishing 2016), co-founder of Volcanic Wines International, and partner and principal critic at He’s also part-time grapegrower on the limestones of Prince Edward County, Ontario.

This story appears in the print issue of August 2016.
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