Blackwood Lane’s January Open House
The Release of the 5-star 2009 The Referènce
"Life is too short to drink anything less than the best."
Open House, Open Bottles
On January 27th, members of the Sommelier Club celebrated the release of the much anticipated 5-star 2009 The Referènce! Regulars of Blackwood Lane know that no matter how cold or drizzly it is outside, the Tasting Room is always a warm and friendly oasis! Chekov once wrote, “people don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy”. Carlos Lee loves opening his doors – and sensational bottles of wine – to friends of the winery, pouring liquid happiness in the most liberal of fashions!
A 5-Star Bordeaux
At our Open House, guests were treated to our premium Bordeaux-style blend that Tony Aspler – famed wine columnist for the Toronto Star – describes as “medium to full-bodied, rich and full on the palate, with plum, dark chocolate and oak spice flavours.” Aspler has been writing about wine for thirty years, authored 11 books on the subject, and is one of the most widely respected wine writers in Canada. It goes without saying that we’re thrilled with his review!
The Referènce Resolution
What a great way to kick off the new year! Indeed, after enjoying what is literally “the reference point” for all other Bordeaux-style blends, many of our guests resolved to drink only the very best wine as a New Year’s resolution! And really, life is too short to drink anything less than the best, wouldn’t you agree?
Open House Success
The weekend was a grand success, as friends mingled and partook of the 2009 The Referènce! Carlos was in his element, pouring wine while recounting stories, explaining his winemaking process, and generally being the life of the party!
Pass the Rosy Wine!
Charles Dickens once said, “fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.” The Open House weekend was all about bringing together friends and family – our Blackwood Lane community – for the purpose of fun, friendship, and fabulous wine! Formerly unacquainted members became friends, new members were welcomed and everyone felt right at home!
One of the highlights of the evening was Kim’s homemade paella! This mouth-watering dish paired well with the 5-star 2009 The Referènce! It was a match made in culinary heaven! Kim’s secret? Fresh spices such as rosemary and saffron, organic meat from Lepp Farm, homemade broth and fresh seafood!
Don’t Miss the Next Open House!
If you missed this month’s Open House, don’t fret! We’d love to see you at next month’s event! We will be hosting an Open House on the weekend of February 24 & 25. Stop in at the winery anytime on Saturday or Sunday between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM to enjoy a complimentary tasting of our 2013 Cabernet Franc. Members of the Sommelier Club are invited to the Masquerade-themed Release Party on Saturday, February 24 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!