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Garage Wine Company: A taste of Chile

In October, TVC members and guests enjoyed 8 wines from the boutique wine producer - Garage Wine Company of Chile! The wines have achieved cult-like status among those who are always searching for quality without a price for a famous name. The guests were thrilled to experience something unique, going beyond the familiar Carmenere variety!

The reception commenced with a remarkable wine from Tenerife - Vinatigo, which was provided by our guest speaker, Celia Méndez Diaz. This wine is produced on Celia's family estate in the Canary Islands. The Listán Blanco de Canarias grape was introduced to the Canary Islands during the 18th century. This wine offers a refreshing taste and boasts a lively acidity. Its aroma is characterized by delightful notes of fennel, dried fruits, and fig tree leaves, accompanied by a pronounced mineral essence derived from the volcanic soils. Truly an exquisite wine!

Celia is a Portfolio Manager at Nicholas Pierce Wines, the esteemed wine agency that represents Garage Wine Company in Ontario. Celia delivered an exceptional presentation, providing detailed insights into Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as shedding light on Garage Wine's remarkable ability to craft exquisite wines throughout the years. These wines originate from the Maule and Itata Valleys, located in the southern region of Santiago, Chile. Celia also delved into the winery's rich history, emphasizing how it encapsulates the essence and significance of these wines, which extend beyond their geological terroir.

Later in the evening, our members enjoyed 8 beautiful wines along with complementing appetizers. Each individual had the opportunity to sample all the wines and rank them based on personal preference. Towards the end of the event, the wines were unveiled, allowing the members to compare their rankings with those at their table and a guest speaker.

It wasn't easy to rank these wines as they were so different, reflecting the characteristics of a specific varietal & terroir. Here is how Celia and the group ranked them:

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