Wine Experts

Our Wine Experts have years of experience reviewing wines, perfecting customer wine gifts, and bringing you cellar-worthy gems. These certified professionals lead the Toronto Life tasting teams through the epic portfolios of each featured winery in order to curate the perfect collection of wines for you each month.

Our wine experts

Dick Snyder Toronto Life Wine Club

Dick Snyder

Dick Snyder writes about food, drinks, guitars, music, travel and other fun stuff for publications such as Zoomer, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, Harry and The Toronto Star. For 10 years, he published CityBites magazine, covering Toronto’s exciting food-and-drinks scene, and now keeps the vibe alive on social media @citybites. He was the founding chair of Toronto’s Terroir Symposium and currently co-owns Drink Toronto, an events company that runs walking tours to Toronto’s top bars and restaurants as well as a weekly wine school.

Dick has his Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET, and he judges for the Ontario Wine Awards and other drinks competitions. He received the 2019 VQA Wine Journalism Award, presented by the Ontario Wine Awards.

Jackie McLachlan

Jackie McLachlan

Jackie McLachlan is a certified Wine Steward and frequent judge of wine competitions across Canada. In addition, she has contributed reviews and wine tasting notes to various publications for over 10 years.

Jackie is the founder of, the largest online marketplace for Canadian wine and spirits in the country. She is a tremendous supporter of eating and drinking locally and works hard to educate Canadians about the outstanding, award-winning cuisine and beverages that are crafted in our very own backyard.

You can most often find Jackie swirling wine and chatting up the winemaker at one of her favourite local wineries.