Viva Argentina

Last week was a busy week in the Toronto wine world! I attended the iYellow Argentine BBQ at 99 Sudbury. I love this venue. I was wondering how the night would go considering it was one of the hottest days of the year! The venue looked amazing for the night.  The djs were spinning some funky beats...perfect to get this party started.

This was my hangout
This was table 11. The wines were being poured by Lifford Wine Agency. I just stood by this table all night long, like a wine groupie. They had two of my favourite wines of the show: Humberto Canale  Black River Torrentes (white wine) and Humberto Canale Estate Malbec (red wine) . Too bad these two wines are by consignment only. I would love to get my hands on that Torrentes. It was spectacular. You have to purchase a case (12 bottles). It's very tempting though because it's only $11.99 a bottle. Great price for this gem!

My favourite of the event
Black River Torrentes 2010
.The place was packed with people and we all had a common bond - the record breaking heatwave plaguing Toronto that day and our love of Argentinian wine. The food was delicious. There were meat and veggie kabobs, empanadas and sliders.

Asado is a term used both for a range of barbecue techniques and the social event of having or attending a barbecue in Argentina.

mmm meat!
My picks of the night:

Humberto Canale Estate Malbec 2010 $14.99

Humberto Canale Black River Torrentes 2010 $11.99

Luigi Bosca Reserva Malbec 2008 $17.95

Don Cristobal 1492 Chardonnay 2011 $12.95

Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 $19.95

Malbec is the signature grape variety of Argentina but not the only!

They made it look so easy

There was a tango performance by dancers directly from Argentina. Very sexy! I tried Tango once in my living room. Didn't work out so well. I have to say that the iYellow Wine Club events are getting bigger and better.

I really want to go to Argentina. It looks like such a beautiful country with a rich culture, beautiful scenery and of course, delicious wine.The first vines were planted in Argentina about 400 years ago. Today the industry is thriving as the country has many diverse geographical regions and modern wine making methods. All this mixed with rich heritage and passion, no wonder the popularity of Argentinian wine continues to grow. The thing I like about Argentinian wine is the value. You get enjoyable wine at a great price point.

Wines of Argentina on Vimeo.

Vintage One Wines
Did you know that Toronto has a city winery? In the picture on the right is Alejandra De Miguel (in the white dress).  She is the chief winemaker at Vintage One Wines. She, herself, is from Argentina and was a guest speaker at the event. She is gorgeous! I had no idea such a place existed in Toronto. They source the grapes and create wine right in Toronto. What an idea! I'm going to check them out.

"Vintage One is a city winery designed to bring the spirit of wine country to your doorstep. Visit our winery and it will feel like you’ve escaped to wine country. Surrounded by oak barrels and stainless steel fermenting tanks, the vast winery is unlike anything else in the city. It is a perfect setting for any festive occasion.

Become a winemaker. Join our family and experience how a city winery can add richness to your urban life." -

Vintage One Wines on Vimeo.

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