Twenty feet underground at the corner of Richmond and Bay is the just-opened Wine Academy, the splashiest entrant on the wine club scene. The 6,000-square-foot industrial-chic sprawler is designed to be a private club as well as a wine geek’s haven.
— Toronto Life
 
 
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Wine Academy’s Managing Partner and Chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe shows us the best wine and food pairings for the perfect party to celebrate the Olympic closing ceremony.
— Global News
 
 
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Members are meant to mostly bring their own wine — which they can store in humidity-controlled lockers — but the venue has applied for a liquor licence to offer cocktails and by-the-glass wine from an Enomatic. Sommelier Natalie Pope is on hand to offer expertise and to host wine tastings.
— Post City Toronto
 
 
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Slattery and Velev’s response to these needs has been to build a 6,000 square foot underground facility with 1,122 storage lockers, each capable of holding 92 bottles of wine. Using a state of the art HVAC system, the Wine Academy maintains a constant temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius.
— Blog TO
 
 
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This 6,000-square-foot space is tucked almost 20 feet underground. Guests can access the subterranean spot through a nondescript wooden door: members simply press their thumbs onto the biometrics scanner to gain access to the 24-7 establishment. Once inside, they have access to a lounge, a library, a boardroom and business centre and, of course, a bar.
— toronto life