Bordeaux Party @ Origin

Let's discover
Last month I went to the Bordeaux After Work Party at Origin Restaurant, downtown Toronto. Today, is the second installment of this series and will be located at Marben Restaurant. 

Yummy cheese!
The Bordeaux After Work Party is a series of small after work gatherings at different locations in an effort to explore the diverse wines of the Bordeaux region. Good wine, good food - totally what I need after a hard day at the office!
La Sélection
The tasting bar out on the Origin patio. At these events, your first glass is free and any other glasses are sold at a decent price. Thank goodness I came a bit hungry. There were some delicious appetizers and cheese plates being served.

Origin patio

A view from inside Origin
The event was a full house! I snapped these pictures before the event opened. Origin is located in the St. Lawrence Market area. What a great way to spend a summer evening.

Wine selection
The fine selection of Bordeaux wines. Two reds, two whites and a rose. I was loving the whites as they were two very different styles. The Chateau Bonnet was a dry, crisp wine with lots of citrus notes and lively acidity. This white is from the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. The other white (I have to admit, was my favourite of the night) comes from the Graves region. It was Chateau Boyrein 2009. It's $16.95 a bottle at the LCBO. There was slight oak and great minerality. This was my view on Wine Align for this wine:

"I was at a "Bordeaux After Work" tasting event tonight at Origin in Toronto and this was one of the wines on the menu. I liked it! A great patio wine from Bordeaux. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion and Muscadelle, it's a fine sipper. Good minerality, acidity and flavour. For the price, I think it will be a crowd pleaser."

Let's learn!
I love the literature on Bordeaux wine and region. This booklet gives you all the information you need to know. I'm such a nerd. I carry this around with me now for some extra reading.

My glass
 The great thing about Bordeaux wine is that you can find something for every occasion. You can find every kind of style and price. Bordeaux wine is basically what you want it to be! There are some fantastic wines for not much money. There are also sparkling wines coming from the region as well.

I can't wait for the next event tonight! There will be four new wines to discover. See you at Marben Restaurant.