- C$69 for three-hour wine tasting and cheese pairing class (C$129 value)
Sommelier Otta Zapotocky lead three hour classes that teach groups of up to 30 students to search out the flavors in six fine wines and find the best cheese pairings for each sample. Charcuterie, light tapas, and dessert will also be available throughout the class, which runs Sundays at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. until June 13.
Tinto Bar de Tapas
Basque Country—a region that stretches across both France and Spain—touts cuisine influenced by both nations, as well as its proximity to the sea and fruitful valleys. The perfect focus for Otta Zapotocky, the restaurateur responsible for French bistro L'Avenue, who wanted to experiment with more Spanish flavors. Otta has worked at the 5-diamond-awarded Five Sails in Vancouver, Araxi and Il Camineto di Umberto in Whistler, Deep Cove Chalet, Brentwood Bay Lodge, and Sooke Harbour House in Victoria, where he became an Instructor for WSET, one of the oldest running wine education program leading to the prestigious "Master of Wine" designation. Now, at his upscale Leaside at Tinto Bar de Tapas, people can share small Basque dishes with friends. The chorizo à la sidra is pan-fried in Basque cider, while the marinated octopus and steak tartare are seasoned with paprika, the region's most popular spice. Of course, cured meats abound. The jamon ibérico platters are most popular, with up to 70 grams of the prized bellota cuts on a single plate. The restaurant has even been named as one of the best Spanish restaurants in Toronto by blogTO. Book early, as this small and intimate hot spot fills up.