Best Sommelier: Christopher Sealy

Ever since his days co-owning Midfield Wine Bar, one of a new wave of wine bars to emerge in Toronto in the early 2010s, Christopher Sealy has been influencing the way Torontonians drink wine—not by sharing his antics on social media with clever feats of hashtagging, but by doing the hard work on the floor and in the cellar.

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world’s culinary landscape. Thanks to its panel of more than 1,000 culinary experts, as well as its structured and audited voting procedure, the annual list of the world’s finest restaurants provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.

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Canada’s 100 Best | No. 1: Alo

Alo is grander and more ambitious than ever, yet, even still, its grasp never exceeds its reach. Chef-owner Patrick Kriss’s kitchen team, led by chef de cuisine Nick Bentley, is cooking with the same attention-grabbing finesse with which it started—but displaying greater range. The service is a lesson in discreet perfection. Sommelier Christopher Sealy’s wine list is growing, and his resulting by-the-glass recommendations are more imaginative. This transporting culinary experience begins with a slow ride in an ordinary elevator. You emerge into a third-floor oasis of a chic bar and lounge.

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Alo: Behind the scenes at one of Canada’s top restaurants

When Chef Patrick Kriss opened Alo restaurant, he knew he was taking a risk but he didn’t care.

His restaurant would be located on the third floor of a building in Toronto’s fashion district, above a body piercing studio. And there would be only one option for diners: A 10 course prix-fixe menu comprised of small, intricate dishes using ingredients many people would never have tasted before.

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No. 1: Alo


Then, a slow and suspenseful elevator ride. The doors open on the upper-floor oasis of a chic bar and lounge, home to a commendable selection of cutting-edge cocktails. After that, make your way over to the small adjoining dining room, a setup that communicates exclusivity of the best possible sort.

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‘Mixing With’ videos

‘Mixing With’ is a series of videos documenting Toronto bartenders and their cocktails. On a snowy day back in February, the Mixing With crew visited The Bar at Alo to film us and our Armagnac Old Fashioned. Total pros … they were a pleasure to spend the day with! Check out this and their other videos.

Speaking of other videos, you might recognize Michael Mooney — the subject of the first Mixing With episode — about the Bar at Alo in the weeks to come.


We’re excited to count Michael as a member of our bar team and suspect that our esteemed guests will appreciate his gracious hospitality … as I have many, many times.

– John