Owned by the established E.&J. Gallo Winery (gallo.com), Red Rock specializes in varietal reds such as merlot, malbec and pinot noir. The fruit is sourced from various California appellations.
|A glass of the 2010|
The 2010 Red Rock Malbec contains two other varietals in the mix: petite syrah for tannins and cabernet sauvignon for structure. A portion of the blend was also put into barrel.
"California has traditionally used Malbec as a blending grape but opportunities to showcase this full-bodied varietal are increasing. Malbec is characterized by its deep purple color, smooth tannins, and ripe fruit flavors." - www.redrockwinery.com
|Red Rock 2010 Malbec|
For more information: www.redrockwinery.com
The evening was to remind us of the importance of balance. It's not just for yoga. In our personal lives, we strive for a balance between work and life. Most often, the scale tips to one side. I prefer the scale to be tipped towards life - especially on weekends. The same concept is definitely applied to wine. You don't want any one component to overshadow the rest. For example, if the use of oak or high alcohol dominate, the wine might not be enjoyed as much, if at all. It's kind of like that obnoxious guy who talks loudly on his cell phone in a small space - the environment becomes unbalanced, dominated by hints of loudmouth.
|Peter Ridel describing|
his rock sculptures
|Soldiers of the night...|
balanced soldiers that is
Being by the lake during twilight (thankfully, no vampires), these rock sculptures exhibited a sense of eeriness yet also one of beauty. I wonder what morning joggers along the path would think. All the attendees were encouraged to prepare their own sculptures with rocks provided. With various levels of success, I think people enjoyed themselves with one girl outshining the rest of us.
- Cones of stone baked mini cheese and potato perogies
- Hot rock seared lamp chop with peppercorn cream sauce
- Blue cheese and Red Rock Malbec bbq glaze
- Hot rock oysters
- Garlic and lemon caressed rock lobster skewer
|This gal has achieved balance|
The people of Praxis PR (praxispr.ca) sure know how to throw a party. Thanks Brittany! Also a big thank you to E.&J. Gallo Canada. What I liked about the evening was that it was held in a stunning lakeside home. With the downtown Toronto skyline in the distance, the night was a much-need escape from the frantic pace of a busy work week. Small and intimate, it was not your typical wine tasting but it was ever so fun!
My review of the 2010 Red Rock Malbec on WineAlign.
Available at the LCBO in general list for $16.95.