Tony Aspler Honoured!!

By / Magazine / January 21st, 2008 / Like

Tidings Magazine and 680News is proud to announce that our very own Wine Guy, Tony Aspler, has received the Order of Canada. Tony has spent the past 30 years number of years profiling and educating Canadians about wines. He has traveled the world, bringing home to Canada new wines he has tasted on his tours. He is the anchor columnist for Tidings Magazine and the author of numerous books, including his most recent The Definitive Canadian Wine & Cheese Cookbook and The Wine Atlas of Canada.

John Hinnen, Vice President and General Manager of 680News says, “Weare extremely proud and delighted to make this announcement regardingTony. I have had the pleasure of working with him now for several yearsand he is an outstanding gentlemen, and his knowledge of wines iswithout compare. In fact, the LCBO has told me that they KNOW when Tonyhas reviewed a wine on 680News because the sales of that particularwine will spike! He has helped to define the word oenophile to thegeneral public.”

“No other wine writer in Canada deserves this award more,” says Tidings editor, Aldo Parise. “We all owe an enormous debt to Tony and his relentless passion for food and wine.” 

Tony says, “While growing up, I tried to impress upon my parents thatwhat I really wanted to do for a living was drink wine and write aboutit. I wish they had lived to see this day.”

Tony’s weekly wine feature can be heard on 680News on weekends at9:39a.m., 12:39p.m., 5:39p.m. and 9:39p.m. You can also check out hisweb site at

The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of Canada’s honour system andrecognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to thecommunity and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in allsectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet theyhave all enriched the lives of others and made a difference in ourcountry. Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deservingindividual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada, withthe average number of nominations between 700 – 800 per year.


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