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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Clos de Chacras: Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 – Gold Medal in Canada

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines

One of the most widely planted wine-producing grapes in the world, the relatively thin-skinned, early-ripening Merlot grape is often used in blended wines, where its finesse is often employed to temper bolder, more tannic grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. On its own, Merlot grapes tend to create approachable, single-varietal wines with medium to full body and playful aromas of spice and fruit.

Clos de Chacras Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005In Argentina, the Uco Valley of the Mendoza region is now producing Merlot of highest quality, and joining other New World regions in bringing superior quality wines to the world stage.

Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 from artisan winemaker Mariano Quiroga at Clos de Chacras is a benchmark example of the quality wines of the region. This very small production wine impressed a panel of distinguished judges at the international Cellars of the World 2008 competition in Ottawa, Canada – winning a gold medal.

Tasting notes:

Exhibiting excellent varietal character, this deeply violet coloured Merlot has delicate yet intricate aromas of spice and fruit and gentle notes of vanilla and coffee from the oak aging process. On the palate it’s honest, with medium body and is harmoniously balanced with sweet tannins.

Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 by Clos De Chacras
- Gold Medal – Cellars of the World 2008 Ottawa, Canada, November 2008.
- Available for a limited time and very in limited quantity in Ontario, exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

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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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