Wine bars in Canada’s largest city have evolved in the last year, offering a bevy of low-intervention vintages in addition to flavourful bites that go beyond cheese and charcuterie (but, if there’s cured meat, it’s homemade). Here are four spots where food and wine “naturally” pair well.

1. Après Wine Bar

Photograph courtesy of Après Wine Bar.

Chef-owner Jeff Kang creates thoughtful, unfussy dishes with local ingredients to match the interesting small-lot bottles on the frequently changing wine list.

Order: Crispy soft-shell crab in a fermented black bean soup.

2. Sapori

Photograph courtesy of Sapori.

Sapori offers everything from properly chilled reds to prized, by-the-glass pours, and comfort bar food with a weekly changing chalkboard snack menu.

Order: Elaborate charcuterie boards piled with cheeses and homemade meats

3. Paris Paris

Photograph courtesy of Paris Paris.

Open from noon to 2 a.m., this charming Dundas West space pairs small-production natural and biodynamic wines with dishes that draw from an international pantry.

Order: Eggplant with sesame that’s served with flatbread.

4. Midfield Wine Bar

Photograph by Juliana Mills.

Crowds are drawn to this cozy room for wine director Annette Bruley’s approachable selection of 60-plus by-the-glass wine options and for Michelin-trained chef Mark Redman’s seasonal plates.

Order: Beef flank tartare.

[This story appears in the August 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]