` The Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

Billy Munnelly - member


Website: billysbestbottles.com    Twitter:  @billysbest    Facebook: Billy Munnelly 

Who is Billy Munnelly?

He's the champion of good, everyday wine.

Billy Munnelly has delivered irreverent, lighthearted and enlightening wine advice for 35 years. His goal has been to remove confusion and intimidation from the wine selection process, taking it back from the snobs.

Before devoting his life to the pursuit of good, affordable wine, the Irish-born bon vivant spent years in the restaurant industry. In 1977 he opened Stratford’s Rundles restaurant along with current owner Jim Morris. The Rosedale Diner in Toronto was
his next project, but in 1983 Billy switched to drinking full time – and “hasn’t missed a days work since”.  Munnelly was one of the first to publish a wine consumer report – under the title, Billy’s Best Bottles. It was Canada’s most widely circulated consumer wine report, with subscribers from coast to coast. In the early ’90s, Billy launched his annual wine-buying guide, which was a Canadian best seller each year.  2012 marked the 22nd edition, and last. Billy’s wine buying tips now appear on his blog at www.billysbestbottles.com

Billy has appeared on Canada AM, Christine Cushing Live, Breakfast TV, CTV, The Gardener’s Journal and CBC radio. His writing has been showcased in newspapers and publications including The New York Times, Canadian Consumer Report, Wine X, Toro, Wine Fox, Wish, Metro, London Free Press, and LCBO’s Food ; Drink magazines. He is a member of the Wine Writer’s Circle of Canada. In 2011 he received a Lifetime Achievement award for his support of Ontario wine.

Current wine related activities
Billy writes for Watershed Magazine, and posts wine recommendations on his blog. In addition, he and partner Kato Wake conduct their ‘Wine By Mood School’ in restaurants and board rooms, and service the wine and hospitality industry via alternative wine education and innovative marketing concepts. Also, they take small tour groups to Italy, France, Portugal and Ireland – focusing on Wine, Food & Culture.

Billy and Kato live in Prince Edward County.

Services offered
Wine Blog. Escorted Wine & Food Tours to Europe. Wine Judging. Wine and Service Staff Training for the Hospitality Industry. Wine Interpretation for the Trade.