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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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.

cellars of the world 2008 argentina awards

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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Los Cerrillos: Finca El Peral Reserva 2007

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

In France, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere are often blended to produce Bordeaux wines. Here in Ontario, and in California, similar blends are created but called Meritage. In the UK such blends are often referred to as Claret.

Finca El Peral Reserva Los Cerrillos 2006
The art of blending various varietals to create tailored blend wines has a deep history and has extended to all wine-making corners of the world, including Argentina.

Winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini of Bodega Los Cerrillos has created an award-winning blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot.  In this blend, Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and body, Malbec imparts fruit-forwardness, and Merlot adds a little gentle finesse.

*Tasting Notes:

Aromas of fruity black cherry, wild herbs and soft oak. Well-made and a very good price for its full body, complexity, and smooth integration of other components of acidic core and tannins. Shows its premium Argentine refinement and quality. Can be enjoyed now but should improve with age. Fabulous paired with grilled or barbecued red meats.

Finca El Peral Reserva 2007 by Bodega Los Cerrillos
- 33% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot
- “A steal at $17″ ~ Tony Aspler (Wine Diary part 244, June 19th 2009) (2006 vintage)
- Silver medal – 2008 Cellars of the World, Ottawa, Canada, November 2008 (2006 vintage)
- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario [BUY]
*Tasting notes by Genevieve Kennedy, Sommelier

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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 Étienne Trépanier & 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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