Archive for July, 2008

Dinner & Tasting Event: An Evening at the Drew House, September 13th

July 28th, 2008  |  Published in Wine Events

Drew House Argentina Wine TastingThe Woodside Wine Appreciation Club is eagerly anticipating our next unique wine tasting and fine dining experience, featuring five selected, Argentine wines accompanied by exquisite, local cuisine prepared by Chef Roger Dufau at The Drew House in Elora Saturday, September 13, 2008, at 6:30 PM.

There’s a limited number of seats, so please contact us promptly to ensure participation.

The cost for the evening is $105.00 per person. Consider sharing this exclusive dinner with your friends, as tables will be set to accommodate 8 individuals.

If you are planning to join us, please email us at Woodsidewine@gmail.com. To confirm your reservation(s).

Accommodation can be arranged at:
Tynavon B&B (next door to the Drew House)
Elora Mill Inn (easy walking distance)
Fergus and Elora Bed and Breakfast Association (Elora B&Bs)

We look forward to seeing you at this outstanding late summer evening event!

Hasta Luego,
Woodside Wine Appreciation Club

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An Afternoon Flight to Mendoza: Epilogue

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

Afternoon Flight to Mendoza Argentine wine tasting ontario

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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Reminder: “An Afternoon Flight to Mendoza”

July 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Wine Events

Finca El Peral Chardonnay Los Cerrillos

A reminder for Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members: if you’re planning to attend this Saturday’s “An Afternoon Flight to Mendoza” event, please RSVP as soon as possible so we can keep an accurate count of attendees and plan for food accordingly.

The long-term weather forecast currently predicts a gorgeous day on Saturday. We’re looking forward to a lovely afternoon together.

Hacienda Del Plata to be Featured in Documentary Film Premiere in September

July 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Argentina Tourism, Wine Events

Ruta 40 Argentina Film

In September, Quebec plays host to the Les Grands Explorateurs film festival – a francophone festival that showcases some of the best films documenting the vivid and exciting journeys of explorers to exotic locations including Russia, the Middle East, India, and Argentina.

On September 9, 2008 in Ottawa, Ruta 40: From the Altiplano to Tierra del Fuego (English translation here), a film that features the Hacienda Del Plata winery in Mendoza, will have its premiere screening.

Film producers √Čtienne Tr√©panier & Amy Arnold of Tenor Films, along with the Embassy of the Argentina in Canada, the Canada-Argentina Association, and Spectrum Wines invite you to watch the film and celebrate the premiere in style, with a special evening featuring Argentine food, drink and culture.

Please stay tuned for more information, including details on ticket sales, which will be sent within the coming weeks.

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