Malbec and Beyond: Artisan Argentine Wine Tasting and Dinner

January 20th, 2010  |  Published in Wine Events

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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.

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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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Tempus Alba on Wines of the World TV

August 29th, 2008  |  Published in News from Argentina

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Tempus Alba enologist extraordinare Jose Luis Biondolillo (whose winemaking talents have brought from Mendoza to Ontario exquisite Malbec, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more) was recently interviewed by Wines of the World.

Here he speaks about the winery, the varietals they produce, and the care put into creating quality wines. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of the lovely tasting room at Tempus Alba and a pouring of Pleno 2004 (an outstanding blend).

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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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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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