On Tuesday, December 4th, Notable.ca and Wines of Chile hosted a festive and well-attended wine tasting and networking event at the Spoke Club’s newly opened (in fact, just the day prior) second floor event space. The Notable Wines of Chile Holiday Party marked an opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals, toast to the season and discover new wines to please your guests or hosts during the holidays.
An always favourite and go-to choice, Chilean wines are popular with the YP set. Participating wineries included Cousino Macul, Concha y Toro, Emiliana, Errazuriz, Lapostolle, Maipo, Maquis, San Esteban, San Pedro, Siegel, Valdivieso and Via Wines. Informative representatives from each winery offered guests their choice of reds and whites to pair with an assortment of well-received eats, like a cheese board featuring a selection of Canadian cheeses, dried fruit and nuts, a charcuterie board, large and fresh tempura avocado rolls, pulled pork sliders, lamb chops, spicy salmon rolls, wild mushroom croustade and empanadas.
The vibe was upbeat as strangers mingled and old friends (some pleasantly surprised to see one another) reunited. The space was filled an eclectic mix of forward-thinking young professionals from all industries, from finance and dentistry to advertising and art. As the sounds of the Farrucas Latin Duo band played in the background, it was interesting to watch YPs in seemingly unrelated professions discuss their respective careers and possible creative collaborations.
Guests managed to break from their banter to listen to a special guest speaker, the National Post’s Sarah Treleaven, who said a few words about her recent experience in Chile, describing how she fell in love with the country and, of course, with the country’s wine. The Notable.ca team conducted a contest via twitter with the perpetually digitally connected crowd, where they were asked to tweet their favourite wine. The winner of the twitter contest was Paulina Miel, who selected the San Esteban In Situ Viogner/Chardonnay blend as her favourite and went home with a case of it – perfect for the holidays.
At 9:30, the party began to filter out and, while some guests opted to head home (it was Tuesday, after all), others headed out to the Thompson Rooftop or Weslodge for a nightcap. The evening was a success and left guests asking when the next coveted Wines of Chile event would take place. Stay tuned and see you in 2013!
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