Reference Launch Party at Blackwood Lane Winery

Most winemakers would be satisfied with the smashing success of the 2008 release, but Carlos is not most winemakers. He’s got the number 98 in his sights and the 2009 The Referènce is on track to hit the mark! Getting to 98, however, takes skill, knowledge, patience, and above all, a passion and deep abiding love for the art and science of winemaking.


Carlos explains that in the making of the 2009 The Referènce...

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Reference Launch Party at Blackwood Lane Winery

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 ...

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

As we walked into the solarium, the impressive long table, built for 32 guests, was elegantly set and replete with personal touches, including candle holders made from the reclaimed wood of wine barrels – crafted by Carlos himself.

This was not going to be any ordinary dinner party! Looking out over the romantic fire-lit terrace, one could be forgiven for thinking we were somewhere in Tuscany or Provence. However, that is part of the magic of Blackwood Lane Winery.

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and be joyous, but perhaps more importantly, it’s a time to be grateful. Indeed, we at Blackwood Lane Winery have much for which to be thankful, and we love sharing our gratitude (and our world-class wines) with our friends by hosting an annual Open House! This year’s Open House was especially exciting as we celebrated the release of our 2012 Special Edition Vicuña Roja, our signature house red Bordeaux-style blend. This blend is a foodie’s delight, with a bouquet of chocolate, licorice...

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Winemakers Christmas Dinner at Blackwood Lane Winery

It was one of those perfectly crisp, clear winter evenings at Blackwood Lane. The terrace was lit, and the flames from the fire pits flickered playfully creating a romantic Christmas mood. All the elements were working together, as Blackwood Lane members gathered in anticipation for a dinner to remember. This year’s Winemaker’s Christmas Dinner was a five-course pairing of wine and food, a collaboration between winemaker Carlos Lee of Blackwood Lane Winery and Chef Roger Planiden of Culinary Adventure.

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The Dream of The Referènce - Owner Blackwood Lane Winery

In his seminal work, Walden, Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtle dove, and am still on their trail.” The line seems to speak of our need to search, to seek out the elusive – to remain in search of what is just out of reach.

In many ways, Carlos Lee’s dream of The Referènce was born of this same desire to chase the elusive, which, is his case, was to create the first wine to score 100 in Canada.

 

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Carlos Lee owner of Blackwood Lane Winery

Often, our early experiences lead us on a trajectory that will shape our adult lives. A chance meeting with JFK, for instance, lead William Jefferson Clinton to become President of the United States decades later. A book on science read as a child lead Isaac Newton to change the course of our understanding of the cosmos. Similarly, with Carlos Lee, it was an early experience with a very old bottle of wine that set him on a journey that would culminate in Blackwood Lane Winery.

 

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