` 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.

One of Canada's best-loved and most entertaining wine writers, Billy Munnelly has delivered irreverent, lighthearted and enlightening wine advice for over 25 years. Munnelly's 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 celebrated Rundles restaurant with current owner Jim Morris. In 1981 he opened the Rosedale Diner in Toronto.

In 1983 Billy switched to drinking full time and "hasn't missed a day's work since." His bi-monthly wine publication, Billy's Best Bottles Wineletter, is Canada's most widely circulated consumer wine report. No advertising or promotional copy are incorporated into Billy's Best Bottles publications; all wines reviewed are purchased with subscription money.

In the early '90s, Billy saw the need for an annual wine buying guide for the wines that are sold across Canada. His handbook, (this year's 15th edition is entitled 'Billy's Best Wines for 2005') has been a Canadian best seller each year since its inception. Besides the best buys, the handbook contains food and service suggestions for each wine, wine tour information and Billy's "Twenty Steps to Winedom." All 150+ wines are generally available and are featured with their label.

No advertising or promotional copy are incorporated into Billy's Best Bottles publications; all wines reviewed are purchased with subscription money.

Current wine related activities

In addition to writing and publishing his Wineletter and Annual Wine Handbook, Billy conducts in-home wine tastings ("The Wine Expert Crash Course"), seminars, and other food and wine events. His innovative "Wine Spectrum System" is an effective teaching aid in which wine styles are matched with mood, situation and context to optimise drinking and entertaining pleasure.

Billy has appeared on Canada AM, Christine Cushing Live, Breakfast TV, Hunter's Gathering, The Gardener's Journal, and CBC Radio. His writing has been showcased in newspapers and publications including The New York Times, Canadian Consumer Report, and Wine X magazine. Billy currently writes regular columns for The London Free Press and Metro newspapers, Toro, and LCBO's Food & Drink magazines.

He lives close to some of the best bars in Toronto.

Services offered

Fun In-Home Wine Tastings
Good Paying Corporate Wine Seminars
Wine Judging
Wine And Service Staff Training For The Hospitality Industry
Wine Interpretation For The Trade