On Wednesday, I attended the trade tasting for Celebrate: One Night in Argentina on a mission to find the best Malbec, but ultimately to explore all Argentinian wine from the past to the present.
While sipping my way through the Septima and Rutini wines, I met a woman, named Katrina, who you could say is an example of the future of Argentinian wine; she will be releasing her collection under the name of Ryan Fine Wines in the next couple of months.
Over the course of the afternoon, I sampled a plethora of red wine with a focus on Malbec (as mentioned above) while also keeping an eye on the Cabernet Sauvignons. I strayed from my “rule of red” to try Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, which was refreshingly sweet, slightly dry, and a perfect palate cleanser at a great price. It is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes.
The selection of Argentinian snacks, including charcuterie, olives, cheese, grilled veggies and empanadas, also provided the opportunity to cleanse our palates and take a break from swirling and spitting.
“Argentina is a country driven by contrast and contradiction: European yet Latin, traditional yet innovative, rustic yet refined.”
Great value: Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec ($13.49)
For the evening portion of #CelebrateArgentina there was a DJ, live art, and probably three times as many wine lovers as there were for the industry tasting. Tango dancers would have been appropriate for the event, and for all I know they may have been in attendance!
Proceeds from this event benefitted the BC Hospitality Foundation, an organization that exists “to help their own” through financial crises and other trying times. They will be hosting an event on October 20th called “Skills & Spills”, an afternoon of industry games that include the “Coatcheck Challenge” the “Crack Off” and “The Perfect Pour”. Round up a team and put on your game face….I’ll be a judge!