Win Tickets to the Celebrate Argentina Tasting

Celebrate Argentina

Celebrate Argentina

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Wines of Argentina will host Celebrate One Night In Argentina.  With DJs, a graffiti artist and more than 30 wineries, the evening will be a lively festival of modern Argentine culture.   The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help fundraising efforts.  Enter the MyWinePal contest for your chance to win 2 tickets to the fantastic event.

About Argentina and Their Wine

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and produces about four times as much wine as Chile.  Spanish colonization in 1541 brought over Vitis Vinifera vines and the first record of a vineyard dates back to 1557 in Santiago del Estero. Vines came from different sources, including Italy.

The country is known for Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Barbera, Lambrusco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and others. The most widely planted white varietals are Pedro Xeminez, Moscatel, Torrontes, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay and others.

The Event: Where, When, and How Much?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Jewel Ballroom
1495 West 8th Avenue (at Granville), Vancouver

Tickets $49; available through www.winesofargentina.ca
$10 discount with promotional code greatwine makes them a deal at $39

Contest to Win 2 Tickets!

Would you like to wine 2 tickets to this awesome event?  For your chance to win, do the following:

  1. Send out the tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to #CelebrateArgentina from @mywinepal”
  2. Post a comment below with your favourite wine from Argentina that you have tasted or your favourite grape from Argentina.

One pair of tickets will be randomly on September 23, 2013 from all entries, and the winner will be notified on Twitter.

BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help

The foundation, formed in fall 2006, was inspired by the desire to help long-time wine agent Michael Willingham with the money he needed for both a costly surgery and the rehabilitation time that would follow.

This desire to help Michael brought forward a need to establish a trust fund that could be used to help anyone within the food service, beverage, and hospitality industry who required extraordinary support due to illness or accident.

Read more here about the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Celebrate Argentina Wines 2009

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} catch(err) {}Having both the Wines of Chile and the Wines of Argentina in the same week have been taxing, but very fulfilling. I tried many new wines from many new wineries this week, and I look forward to seeing these new wines in our government and private wine shops. On this post I focus on the Argentina event.

Argentina has been making wines over the last 300 years, with most of the consumption within the country. Over the past 20 years exports of Argentinean wine has grown. Canada is now starting to get many more Argentinean wines.

For this tasting, there was of course many bottles of Malbec to taste, but also now a wide range of other varietals such as Semillon, Pinot Noir, Torrontes (the signature white grape of Argentina) and Petit Verdot! I was particularly suprised to see the Pinot Noir as it is such a finicky grape and loves cool climate, while the major wine region of Argentina, Mendoza, is quite hot and Malbec thrives there. I also enjoyed watching the Argentinean tango being danced at the event.

So what were some of the highlight wines that I came across at this evening’s event?

Urraca Chardonnay 2008. This wine had a nice oaky, earthy nose. Round in the mouth with nice lemon flavour and a long finish. Not overly oaked. This winery needs an agent so we can see their wines.
Juana del Sol Chardonnay 2009. This wine has understated elegance. Pale lemon in colour with a light oak nose. Round. Vanilla and stone fruit flavours. They also need an agent.
Sur de los Andes Torrontes 2008. Medium lemon coloured. Light pine needle aroma. FULL flavour. Pine needles and apples with a grapefruit finish. Maybe try instead of a Sauvignon Blanc sometime.
Filus Reserva Malbec 2007. Deep purple in the glass. Ripe sweet red fruit with cherry liquor flavours. Vanilla, red fruit and plum on the nose. Tannic finish, but not unpleasant. This winery needs an agent.
Aconcagua Malbec 2008. Deep purple coloured. Very aromatic. Smoky, herbal, cherry aromas. Smoky, earthy and dark fruit flavours with a cherry finish. Nice round mouth feel. One of my favorites, and should be around $15 when it comes to BC.
Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. Medium garnet in the glass. Classic cassis nose. Cassis and cherry on the palate. Lots of fruit flavour and low tannins.

There is a peek at a few of the wines of the evening. There were many more, and I’ll be posting them on www.mywinepal.com in the Wine Reviews section. Keep your eyes open for these wines coming soon to BC. Salud!

Muy Gusto Wines of Chile

Today I enjoyed the wines from more than 3o Chilean wineries at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. There was a range of red and white wines from the northern region of Limari down to the south in Bio Bio. There was Chile’s signature grape, Carmenere at many of the agents tables, but also a wide variety of other varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red grape, followed by Merlot, then Carmenere. For the whites, Sauvignon Blanc is the most widely planted white grape followed by Chardonnay then Moscatel of Alexandria. One interesting varietal that I tried today was a Sauvignon Gris from Cousino Macul. I was told that this is the only Sauvignon Gris being offered in BC. This grape is a “lost” Bordeaux varietal that was brought to Chile before phylloxera infected the vines in France. This wine I believe was sur lie, as I detected some lees as well as lemon on the nose. It was a light bodied wine, with light acidity and peach flavour.

So what were some of the highlight wines that I tasted (I didn’t taste all the wines at the event, so i’m sure there are some excellent ones that I didn’t get to try)?

Vinedos Emiliana Eco Bio Bio Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ($12.95). I like this wine as it is organic and a great price. Who says organic has to be expensive? This wine had asparagus aroma. Good acidity with citrus and apple flavours. A New World Style Sauv Blanc.

Montgras Ninquen. This is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine comes from the Ninquen hill in the Colchagua Valley. This wine was deep purple in colour. Cassis and cherry on the nose. Cassis, dark fruit and black cherry flavours. It is very full bodied and has a spiciness that builds in your mouth as you savour it’s flavours.

Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($19.95). This wine has a nice cassis nose. It is quite round in your mouth and has ripe red cherry flavour, and a dry finish.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet 2007 ($19.99) . This wine is medium garnet in the glass. Cassis, red cherry, and sweet red fruit aromas. Ripe cherry and black fruit flavours. This wine is very full bodied and has nice soft tannins. Outstanding value and quality.

That is all for now. There is alot of southern hemisphere wine events happening this week. On Thursday I’ll be at the Wines of Argentina event, with more wines to blog about. Salut!