Malbec and Beyond: Artisan Argentine Wine Tasting and Dinner

January 20th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

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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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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates rates Clos de Chacras Wines

December 30th, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines, News from Argentina

Great news! In a note from Bodega Clos de Chacras‘ Francisco Jurin, we’ve learned that Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates have rated four of their fabulous wines with above average and outstanding scores.Dear Importers, Clients & Friends of Bodega Clos de Chacras:We are very proud to communicate to you that almost 5 years of hard work are finally giving fruit. As you may know Clos de Chacras is a boutique winery that does not count on intensive marketing strageties but instead leans on the Vision of its Owners, high competitive Staff and excellent quality of its wines. We proudly present the rankings and reviews Robert Parker and Wine Advocate set on Clos de Chacras’ wines recently in this year – 2008. I just want to thank you all for your interest in us and your hard work and efforts to import, promote and let many others enjoy the nectar of the Gods, or what we humbly call wine. Cheers and happy new year to all! Francisco Jurin

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

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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.

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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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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 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

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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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