` The Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

Irvin Wolkoff - member



Dr. Wolkoff has been the wine columnist for The Medical Post, the Rogers Media weekly newspaper for Canada's physicians, since 1992. He also writes “In Your Other Life,” a wine, food and lifestyle blog on the web portal for the Rogers Media Healthcare Group (The Medical Post, Pharmacy Practice, Drugstore Canada and Canadian Healthcare Manager) at CanadianHealthcareNetwork.ca.

Dr. Wolkoff has written wine columns for Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui, a bi-monthly publication of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and has contributed wine articles to Wine Tidings, Wine Access and other publications on a freelance basis. His column Enofyl ran in "The Ontario Medical Review," the official journal of the Ontario Medical Association, for three years.

Dr. Wolkoff has been a member of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada since 1992 and served as Vice President from 1998 to 2008. He currently sits on the WWCC Ethics Committee. He has been a wine enthusiast since his university days in the early 1970s, completing the introductory and advanced courses in Wine Appreciation at George Brown College in Toronto in 1984 and earning a Higher Certificate with Distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Toronto Guild) in 1985. He keeps an extensive cellar and is a member of several Toronto-based private and public wine clubs.

Dr. Wolkoff has toured and tasted in many wine regions including Burgenland and Niederösterreich in Austria, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Champagne, Cognac and Provence in France, Tuscany, the Veneto, Sicily and Friuli in Italy, the Rheingau, Pfalz and Mosel in Germany, Navarra, Somontano, Huesca, Priorat, and Jerez in Spain, Israel, Niagara, New York's Finger Lakes, Napa, Sonoma and the Sierra Foothills in California, Chile, and Vale dos Viñedos in Brazil. As the first physician member of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada, Dr. Wolkoff followed research into the health effects of moderate drinking and written on the subject for a general readership. In 1994 he served on the Scientific Planning Committee for the first International Symposium on the Effects of Moderate Drinking at the University of Toronto. In 1997, he participated in a debate at the annual general meeting of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada seconding the resolution by Dr. David Goldberg that the College support the provision of information about the health benefits and risks of moderate drinking to patients. (The motion passed unanimously.)

In June of 2003, Dr. Wolkoff was "intronised" into the Jurade de St. Emilion.

When not communicating about wine, Dr. Wolkoff practices Psychiatry in Toronto.

Services offered

Wine judge
Recreational and educational wine talks, seminars and tastings
Freelance writing and broadcasting on wine (and wine's influence on health)