Featured Wines

An Evening at the Drew House: Epilogue

September 19th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

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Along with an outstanding five course meal, Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members experienced some delightful artisan wines from Los Cerrillos, Tempus Alba, and Clos de Chacras, and also had an exciting first look at (and taste of) Argentina’s signature white varietal – torrontes.

We’d like to once again thank our hosts for the evening, Roger and Kathleen, for providing such a lovely venue and menu. The food was fabulous, and the ambience at the scenic and historic Drew House in Elora, Ontario was truly enjoyable.

Drew House Woodside Wine Club Dinner Elora

Between courses (the delicious creations of esteemed chef Roger Dufau) , members were shown brief slideshows depicting the source of the grapes, photos of the winemakers, and more.

The highlight of the evening came toward the end of the gathering, when the award-winning Clos de Chacras Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 was served. This full-bodied, spice and fruit-forward gem was awarded the Argentine Wine Awards 2008 Trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon.

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As you read this, the Serrera Torrontes 2008 is being bottled. We’re looking forward to its arrival in Ontario in the coming months, and especially anticipating enjoying it all through next summer.

Orders will be processed and we’ll contact you with details soon!

On behalf of all members, a special heartfelt thanks goes out to all who helped out, including Alejandra and Stephan, Eric and Amanda, Renee and Ken, Marie, and our very special guest Chrissie from Hacienda Del Plata.

Photos by Eric St.Aubin.

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An Afternoon Flight to Mendoza: Epilogue

July 8th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

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We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day on Saturday. Over 40 Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members came together for a lovely afternoon “flight to Mendoza” to taste a wide range of varietals and blends from six artisan Argentine wineries. We went well beyond malbec, and were very pleasantly surprised by some of the wines we explored. Some highlights include:

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Bodega Los Cerrillos: Uruco 2007 – a sophisticated Argentine blend

July 6th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

While many wine growers in Argentina are creating outstanding single varietals (well beyond Malbec), not as many are focusing on the art of blending. Bodega Los Cerrillos‘ most premium selection, the Uruco 2007 blend, is an shining example of a sophisticated Argentine blend.

Born in the beautiful Uco Valley in the Tupungato region of Mendoza province, Uruco is a testament to the quality and unique character of Bordeaux-inspired blends coming from new world regions.

Los Cerrillos Uruco 2006

While the dark fruit nature and complexity of this wine is undoubtedly due in part to its Malbec emphasis, we can also appreciate the added body lent by Cabernet Sauvignon, and the more gentle fruit finesse imparted by the inclusion of Merlot. By blending these varietals (that each have their own distinct characteristics), the result is artisan winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini’s carefully crafted, and elegant Uruco.

*Tasting Notes:
A black wine with aromas of tart sour cherry and blackberry. Grapes are hand picked from vines that are more than seventy years old, a common occurrence in Mendoza. The fruitiness of the Merlot grape makes a good blend and appeals to those who find Cabernet Sauvignon more tannic. Malbec, the signature grape of Mendoza, adds to the complexity and the excellent long finish adds to the enjoyment. This wine can be laid down and still enjoyed in four to five years.

Uruco 2007 by Bodega Los Cerrillos
- 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

- rated 4.5/5 by Vic Harradine of Winecurrent (2006 vintage)

- Available exclusively in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

*Tasting notes by Genevieve Kennedy, Sommelier

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Hacienda Del Plata: Zagal Malbec 2008 – Bold and Bright

June 21st, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Hacienda del Plata

hacienda del plata zagal malbec 2006 ontario spectrum winesWhen a small artisan winery created a simply brilliant 2004 Malbec that received big press as the best value malbec in the New York Times, what little was left sold out pretty much immediately.

Luckily, we were able to bring some of the last remaining cases of the 2008 vintage, to Ontario.

Hacienda del Plata’s Zagal Malbec is a great example of the quality-for-price that Argentina continues to impress the world with. It has vibrant varietal character, with a bursting, fruity nose, and it’s honest on the palate.

- Available exclusive in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

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Bodega Clos de Chacras Takes Five Decanter Awards

June 18th, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines

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With over 9000 wines submitted, one of, if not the greatest international wine competitions in the world were held in May 2008. The results of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2008 are in, and it’s with great pleasure and pride that we pass on the news that five artisan Argentine wines from Bodega Clos de Chacras were winners.

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New York Times Praises Hacienda Del Plata Zagal Malbec

June 16th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Hacienda del Plata

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A recent article in the New York Times has us filled with excitement. Singing the praises of affordable New World wines, a panel of wine experts lined up 25 Argentine Malbecs (all under $25).

One of our favourite artisan winemakers was highlighted as their top pick. Hacienda Del Plata’s 2004 Zagal Malbec was noted as the panel’s favourite and also considered the best value of the bunch.

Congrats to our friends Juan Dallape, Nico Gonzalez, Pablo Gonzalez, and Hugo Galiotti at Hacienda Del Plata, for the much deserved recognition. Here at the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario, we’re very much looking forward to tasting this “dense, aromatic and full of fruit; beautifully balanced and dry” wine, and your subsequent Zagal Malbec vintages in the near future.

Bodega Los Cerrillos – Finca El Peral

May 5th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

Located south of Mendoza in the Tupungato Valley, Los Cerrillos makes the Finca El Peral line, which represent incredible quality for price.
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Chardonnay 2009 (unoaked)
- a crisp, lively, chardonnay with aromas of white flowers and tropical fruit
Malbec 2007
- ripe cherry and a hints of clove and cinnamon, with full-body
Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
- cassis fruit, moss, and minerality from clay and sand holding the 75 year old vines

Available exclusive in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

Pulmary Estates: CUQ Bonarda Rosado 2006

April 5th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Pulmary

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Bonarda is the second most-grown red grape in Argentina after Malbec, but not often is it used to create an organic, dry rosado with medium body with mild, pleasant tannins.

The CUQ Bonarda Rosado is truly unique wine experience, and to the best of our knowledge, this is the only Bonarda Rosado currently available in Ontario.

Lovely berry fruit flavours are harmoniously balanced by lively acidity. Great for summer sipping or with seafood.

Available exclusive in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY].

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