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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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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Marton Andina: Serrera Bonarda 2007 – Hints of Caramel

November 26th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Serrera

In Argentina’s long winemaking history, up until only recently the Bonarda grape was the most widely-planted red grape for wine production in Argentina (it has since been surpassed by the mighty Malbec).

serrera bonarda ontario spectrum wines woodside wine clubOf Italian origins, Bonarda in Argentina can produce a wide range of lighter to heavier bodied wine, the latter of which tend to display characteristic fig and raisin flavours. While it’s not yet very common in Ontario, we anticipate that in the near future it will be.

Serrera Bonarda 2007 is one that has caught our attention. It’s an excellent Bonarda with lovely, playful notes of caramel on both the nose and palate.

Tasting notes:
Deep, intense purple color, bright, with violet hints. An aromatic display of floral and minted notes, with hints of caramel. Balanced and harmonious in the mouth, it has good structure and expresses finesse and finishes long.

Serrera Bonarda 2007 by Marton Andina
- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario [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.

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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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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Bodega Los Cerrillos: Uruco 2007 – a sophisticated Argentine blend

July 6th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

While many wine growers in Argentina are creating outstanding single varietals (well beyond Malbec), not as many are focusing on the art of blending. Bodega Los Cerrillos‘ most premium selection, the Uruco 2007 blend, is an shining example of a sophisticated Argentine blend.

Born in the beautiful Uco Valley in the Tupungato region of Mendoza province, Uruco is a testament to the quality and unique character of Bordeaux-inspired blends coming from new world regions.

Los Cerrillos Uruco 2006

While the dark fruit nature and complexity of this wine is undoubtedly due in part to its Malbec emphasis, we can also appreciate the added body lent by Cabernet Sauvignon, and the more gentle fruit finesse imparted by the inclusion of Merlot. By blending these varietals (that each have their own distinct characteristics), the result is artisan winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini’s carefully crafted, and elegant Uruco.

*Tasting Notes:
A black wine with aromas of tart sour cherry and blackberry. Grapes are hand picked from vines that are more than seventy years old, a common occurrence in Mendoza. The fruitiness of the Merlot grape makes a good blend and appeals to those who find Cabernet Sauvignon more tannic. Malbec, the signature grape of Mendoza, adds to the complexity and the excellent long finish adds to the enjoyment. This wine can be laid down and still enjoyed in four to five years.

Uruco 2007 by Bodega Los Cerrillos
- 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

- rated 4.5/5 by Vic Harradine of Winecurrent (2006 vintage)

- Available exclusively in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [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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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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Pulmary Estates: CUQ Bonarda Rosado 2006

April 5th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Pulmary

CUQ bonarda rosado rose spectrum wines

Bonarda is the second most-grown red grape in Argentina after Malbec, but not often is it used to create an organic, dry rosado with medium body with mild, pleasant tannins.

The CUQ Bonarda Rosado is truly unique wine experience, and to the best of our knowledge, this is the only Bonarda Rosado currently available in Ontario.

Lovely berry fruit flavours are harmoniously balanced by lively acidity. Great for summer sipping or with seafood.

Available exclusive in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY].

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