By Susan Eickmeier

When I began planning a party for my daughter at a local Cricket Club restaurant, I fell in love with the wine we chose to serve for the dinner.  As the restaurateur explained it was not from the LCBO; he told me about his private wine contact.  He kindly offered to connect me with ‘Malcolm Cocks’ ~ where I could purchase this wonderful wine by the case directly for $14/bottle.    Certainly better than the $40 price tag we paid through the restaurant.

Fortunately, our local LCBO on Avenue Road has everything one could want and more, but if you are interested in searching products which are not available at the LCBO; Malcolm could be your guy.  Sadly, he is an ex-pat of the Cricket Club pocket, and has admitted to me he does miss it.  He loved my blog as a means of staying in the ‘hood’ to some degree.  Read on to learn more about Malcolm’s business, and the world of new wines that are out there to choose from ~
Malcolm Cocks, Glen-Ward Wines Inc., licensed by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario, imports and represents fine wines from small, selected boutique producers in Australia, California, France, Oregon, New Zealand and Washington. Many products in the portfolio have garnered awards and accolades by wine writers. While the majority of the wines are available through the Private Ordering and Consignment Program, some have been available through LCBO Vintages Releases.
The LCBO Private Ordering and Consignment Program, allows Agents to import premium wines from boutique producers. Most of these wines never appear on LCBO store shelves, but are sold to restaurants and private customers to enjoy at home. Customers must buy these wines by the case, usually 12 bottles per case, and are delivered to your home. The Glen-Ward portfolio includes Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks wines, the famous Hitching Post Pinot Noir, featured in the film Sideways.
Malcolm is happy to send you the current list and information on any of the wines found at or by email, or by telephone 416-488-7860.

Susan Eickmeier is a Sales Representative with Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd/Johnston & Daniel Division.   Susan’s website is located at