Archive for 2010

Wine order status update – July 2010

July 8th, 2010  |  Published in Club Orders

Good news!

After much effort and many hoops have been jumped through, the LCBO has given us a projected landing date that puts the outstanding wine order in Toronto in a couple of weeks. This means that it most orders will be ready for delivery in late July or early August (once policy-driven logistics are taken care of).

Please stay tuned. We’ll being contact you to arrange for delivery soon. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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!

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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