Where to Buy Stems / Decanters / Accessories in Toronto?

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I used to buy all my stems, decanters, accessories at The Wine Establishment, on Esplanade. But they are out of business. Frown

So I am looking for a new physical store.

Any suggestions?

Who else has a wide selection of stems and decanters in TO?

Who has the best prices?

Thanks

Jhcolman
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Not sure what quality or brand you're looking for, but right now the William Ashley's warehouse sale is happening and they sell stemware and decanters. They only do this during Christmas. I haven't been for many years but their prices are reasonable for the higher end brands like Riedel.
Although they don't have a comprehensive selection, Costco has served me well as they've got the best prices I've ever seen on Riedel Vinum; stems, stemless, and decanters.
You'll find selection varies from location to location so if you're willing to do a bit of driving.....
Come to think of it, I've found some pretty decent glasses at great deals at winners/homesense. A few months ago I picked up 8 Nachmann Burgundy (Riedel Somm replicas) for $5/glass. Same situation as costco, selection sometimes varies by location.
I'm kind of surprised, are you regularly in the market for glasses and decanters?

Outside of the very rare occasion when I break a glass I haven't even thought of buying any in years. Same goes for decanters. Once you have what you need (I have three wine decanters which is about 1 more than I need) why do you need a local for more?
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
I'm kind of surprised, are you regularly in the market for glasses and decanters?

Outside of the very rare occasion when I break a glass I haven't even thought of buying any in years. Same goes for decanters. Once you have what you need (I have three wine decanters which is about 1 more than I need) why do you need a local for more?


Well, between my occasional wild gestures (I recently gestured a glass clear across the room) and my families washing skills (I now wash all stems and decanters myself), we have had some breakage. I hope that a switch from Riedel Vinum will reduce breakage of day to day stems. But I do prefer to physically see the stems before I buy (for myself and friends). And support my local wine accessories store.

Anyway, thanks for the earlier suggestions for stems and sources, Rob.

Cheers

Jhcolman
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Winners in the Home Sense area.


Agreed. I buy all of my Reidel stems at Winners/Homesense and my Reidel decanters at Costco.

Cheapest anywhere IME but the selection isn't great (mostly Vinum or lower). I have a few super expensive (and way too big) Sommelier Series stems, but I find i rarely use them.
Believe it or not i have picked up some great deals on stems at The Bay, you have to make sure they have a sale going on cause regular prices are not good but the sales are crazy, sometimes you will find 60% off or more and they carry some decent stems, i buy the Bormioli stems for every day use, they dont break easy and i can usually get them cheap!
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Originally posted by Bigprovolone:
Believe it or not i have picked up some great deals on stems at The Bay, you have to make sure they have a sale going on cause regular prices are not good but the sales are crazy, sometimes you will find 60% off or more and they carry some decent stems, i buy the Bormioli stems for every day use, they dont break easy and i can usually get them cheap!


Agree, the Bay has some good deals from time to time. For daily drinkers and quantity stems I buy the Riedel decorator stems online. Cheap, the right shape(s), and you have to work at it to break one.
You have to time it right, but I've picked up most of my Riedel stems at Marshall's on North Queen - just north of Sherway.

Set of 4 Riedel Pinot stems (Accanto): $29.99 CDN
Set of 2 Riedel Cabernet stems (I think they're Vinum): $19.99 CDN

Similar pricing for Riedel Riesling stems and Champagne flutes.

The usually have at least a few boxes of Riedel, although the last 2 times I was there, they didn't have any.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
You have to time it right, but I've picked up most of my Riedel stems at Marshall's on North Queen - just north of Sherway.

Set of 4 Riedel Pinot stems (Accanto): $29.99 CDN
Set of 2 Riedel Cabernet stems (I think they're Vinum): $19.99 CDN

Similar pricing for Riedel Riesling stems and Champagne flutes.

The usually have at least a few boxes of Riedel, although the last 2 times I was there, they didn't have any.


The location is close to home. I'll have to look for it. Better than the Costco on Queensway?
I didn't know they had Riedel at Costco. I was there this morning. Have to check next time!

Costco.ca shows 8 Riedel Vinum Bordeaux stems for $129.99. If you pro-rate it, that's slightly more than I paid. But at least they actually have them. At Marshall's it's hit and miss.
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
I think epicure has closed. Anyone have an idea of where to find a screwpull (now le creuset) lever corkscrew. Mine broke and I'm looking for a replacement.

Or does anyone have thoughts on better levers?


You can get it online via Amazon.

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