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Epilogue – Summer Solstice 2010 wine tasting

July 8th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

Despite the wet and dreary weather early in the day, the show went on. WWAC members gathered for good cheer, tasty charcuterie and cheeses, and a wide array of Argentine wines to savour.

One of the tasting highlights of the day was a fun chardonnay comparison test. Tasters were able to sip on two chardonnays from Bodega Los Cerrillos; one being a fresh, unoaked, 2009 vintage, and the other being an aged, oaked, 2006 vintage. Aside from the obvious differences imparted by the presence and absence of wood, the evolution in colour was rather evident, and the changing qualities in the fruity character were also noted.

Tasty empanadas from one of Guelph’s newest hidden gems Los Abuelos were an excellent addition to the flavour blitz.

Thanks go out to everyone who made it out, and a special thank you is extended to Mark and Elaine from A Taste Of Cheese.

Stay tuned for our next event. We’ll send out an email when we have more details.

June 26th – Wine, cheese, and charcuterie

June 15th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

Pop quiz:

Q: What’s better than sitting in front of the TV, watching riot police?

A: Escaping it all by spending an afternoon out in the country, with good cheer, great company, and delicious wines, cheeses, and charcuterie!

“Tip a glass to the tilt of the Earth”

Saturday, June 26, 2:00pm – 6:00 p.m. – Rain or shine! (drop in any time)
Please RSVP by email or phone.
Full details have been emailed to club members, but please contact us if you need specifics.

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On June 26th, we invite you and your friends to join us for a pleasurable afternoon… mingling with fellow wine lovers, and tasting some of the finest wines the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club has to offer.

On the wine front:
It’s an all-star Argentine affair. We’ll be sampling fresh and lively whites, a rare and delightful rosado of bonarda, and a extensive array of reds bold and beautiful including various malbecs, refined blends, and other exciting varietals – none of which are available at the LCBO.

Also joining us is A Taste of Cheese, who will be sharing and pairing a wide assortment of exceptionally fine artisan cheeses and charcuterie from Canada and abroad.

Elaine and Mark have selected three cheeses to compliment our wines as follows:
Artisinal 8-year Cheddar from Canada – an intense, sharp flavour yet still creamy
Brebis Agour au Piment from France – a nutty flavoured cheese with esplette peppers to add a bit of a kick
Aged Picobello Gouda from Holland – a dry, crumbly gouda with hints of sweet and salt

For the Charcuterie Platter:
The charcuterie platter will include a selection of artisanal Ontario products including prosciutto, smoked duck breast, chorizo sausage, salami umbro and hot sopressetta. All of these products are produced from local chefs and farmers and are nitrite and nitrate free.

This gathering also represents an opportunity to inquire in more detail about our upcoming travel adventure to Argentina in December (PDF). Feel free to come with your questions!

Looking forward to spending one of the longest days of the year with you!

Cheers,
Your hosts, Ken and Renee

Toronto Wine & Cheese Show 2010

March 9th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

Toronto Wine & Cheese Show 2010

The 2010 Toronto Wine & Cheese Show is approaching. From March 19th – 21st, Spectrum Wines will be pouring a wide variety of small-production and award-winning wines from Argentina. This year, we’re excited to have teamed up with the cheese experts at Taste of Cheese (who run a lovely monthly cheese delivery club), to provide wine show patrons with carefully selected wine/cheese pairings. It’s going to be delicious!

Look for the Spectrum Wines booth in the special Consignment Room, where a broad selection of boutique wines will be available for tasting and purchase. This is a unique opportunity to sample outstanding artisan wines that are often made in lots too small for LCBO release.

Spectrum Wines in the Consignment Room:

- representing artisan wines of Los Cerrillos, Tempus Alba, Clos de Chacras, Serrera, Pulmary Estates, and Hacienda del Plata.

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Malbec and Beyond at Heaven on 7

February 9th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

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Delightful small plate dishes prepared by Heaven on 7 chef Hubert Beilmann, a wide selection of artisan wines, and great company made for a lovely evening in Rockwood.

Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members got to experience wines from Hacienda del Plata (Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec Reserva), Bodega Los Cerrillos (Chardonnay), Tempus Alba (Tempranillo), Serrera (Bonarda), and Clos de Chacras (Cabernet Sauvignon), most of which are now available by the glass at the bistro. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malbec and Beyond: Artisan Argentine Wine Tasting and Dinner

January 20th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

Argentina Wine Tasting Dinner Rockwood Ontario Woodside Malbec

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Ottawa Wine & Food Show 2009: Bodega Clos de Chacras Earns a Gold Medal

November 25th, 2009  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Wine Events

Ottawa Wine & Food Show 2009
For the second consecutive year, an artisan Argentine wine from Bodega Clos de Chacras has won a gold medal in Ontario!

On the weekend of November 6, 7 and 8 this year, Spectrum Wines and the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club headed to the 24th annual Ottawa Wine & Food Show. We were pleased to learn that this year the 2006 Cavas de Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the gold medal in the Cabernet $15-$20 category. (The 2005 Cavas de Crianza Merlot was awarded the gold for “best Merlot in the $15-$20 range” last year.)

It was great fun having some of our Ottawa-area members visit the booth, which again was part of the Embassy of Argentina group effort.

In addition to Clos de Chacras, Ottawa wine enthusiasts were also able to sample small-production wines from Tempus Alba, Los Cerrillos, Serrera, and Hacienda del Plata all of which were very well-received.

A huge thanks goes out to club members Marg and Nil for all of their assistance at the show.

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Argentine Wine & Tapas in Rockwood

June 11th, 2009  |  Published in Wine Events

Heaven on 7 rockwood wine tasting - clos de chacras Argentina

Toronto Wine & Cheese Show 2009

March 16th, 2009  |  Published in Wine Events

Toronto Wine & Cheese Show 2009

The 2009 Toronto Wine & Cheese Show is this weekend. From March 20th – 22nd, Spectrum Wines will be pouring a wide variety of small-production and award-winning wines from Argentina. Look for the Spectrum Wines booth in the all-new Consignment Room, where a broad selection of wines (that are not available in the LCBO retail stores) will be available for tasting and purchase. It’s a unique opportunity to sample outstanding niche wines that are often made in lots too small for LCBO release.

Spectrum Wines in the Consignment Room:

- representing artisan wines of Los Cerrillos, Tempus Alba, Clos de Chacras, Serrera, Pulmary Estates, and Hacienda del Plata.

Epilogue: The Ottawa Wine & Food Show 2008

November 17th, 2008  |  Published in Wine Events

From November 7th to 9th, a selection of fine Argentine wines available through the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club was shared with thousands of wine enthusiasts at the 23rd annual Ottawa Wine and Food Show.

Woodside wine appreciation club argentine wines ontario

Patrons of the show were able to sample a number of our very special (award-winning) small-production wines including:

tempus tempranillo alba 2006 gold medal ottawa- Tempus Alba Tempranillo (Gold medal, New World reds over $15)

- Tempus Alba Malbec (Silver medal, New World reds over $15)

- Clos de Chacras Cavas de Crianza Merlot (Gold medal, Merlot over $15)

- Finca El Peral Reserva (Silver medal, Bordeaux blends under $15)

- Finca El Peral Cabernet Sauvignon

- Finca El Peral Chardonnay

- Hacienda del Plata Zagal Malbec

- Hacienda del Plata Arriero Syrah

- Pulmary Estates CUQ Rosado

All were very well-received by tasters.  Among those who enjoyed sampling these wines were a number of judges from the Cellars of the World competition, members of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, and the media.

We’re really excited to be expanding the club’s reach to the nation’s capital, and we’d like to send a special welcome to the Ottawaians who are the newest members of our growing club.

A special thanks to club members Marie and Mike for lending much appreciated helping hands.

Artisan Argentine Wines Excel at the 2008 Cellars of the World Competition

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

With great pleasure we announce that four fabulous artisan Argentine wines have been awarded medals at the international 2008 Cellars of the World competition in Ottawa, Canada. These, along with additional fine Argentine wines, will be available for tasting at the Spectrum Wines booth at the 23rd Annual Ottawa Food & Wine Show from November 7th to 9th, 2008.

cellars of the world 2008 argentina awards

Earning GOLD medals:
- Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 from Clos de Chacras
- Tempus Tempranillo 2006 from Tempus Alba

Earning SILVER medals:
- Finca El Peral Reserva 2006 from Bodega Los Cerrillos
- Tempus Malbec 2006 from Tempus Alba

Congratulations to these winners. It’s wonderful to see the quality and value of Argentine wines gain widespread international recognition, not only for their signature grape, Malbec, but also for other outstanding varietals that are being artfully crafted in the Mendoza region.

All four of these award-winning wines are available in Ontario, Canada exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY].

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