Bordeaux After Work @ Maraben

Let's get the party started

Me behind the decks
Tuesday night I attended the second edition of the Bordeaux After Work Party series. This time, the event was held at Marben, located in the trendy King and Spadina. It was a fantastic evening. The venue was packed with eager wine lovers and the music, of course, was amazing...not only because I was the dj!

iYellow team

What a great way to spend an otherwise drab Tuesday night. I just love summer patio weather. Marben has delicious food and friendly staff. The place has a really great vibe.  I have to say that this event was bigger than the first! Lots of eager Bordeaux wine drinkers came out. I definitely heard a lot of French spoken which made me feel like I was in La France, even if for just a moment...
Wines for tasting

There were four wines of the menu. Two reds and two whites. The way the event worked was that your first glass was free and any other glasses were $9. Not too bad considering the pours were 5 oz.

The menu

What I like about this event series is that they're introducing the general public to good value wines from Bordeaux. There's a misconception that Bordeaux wine is too expensive, but that's not true. You can find some lovely wine for every budget.
Marben entrance

I was eager to continue my tasting of the 2009 vintage. So far, I'm impressed. Out of the four wines featured, I preferred:

Chateau Fayau Blanc 2009
This was a nice Sauvignon Blanc blended with Semillion.  Sauvignon Blanc showed through on both the nose and palate. Great minerality. I liked this one a lot!

Chateau Courteillac 2009 
Smooth and easy to drink.  Light tannin and vanilla with some red fruit. This was a general crowd pleaser. This wine would be great for a BBQ or a party.

I'm enjoying Bordeaux After Work. It's a great way to kick back and relax after a hard day at work. We're having great patio weather this summer. It's a wonderful way to spend time with friends while discovering the diverse wines that Bordeaux has to offer. Next Bordeaux After Work Party is September 20th so keep posted to find out the location.

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