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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wine dinner with chef Curtis Toth

Chef Curtis Toth and Javier Paredes hosted this past Friday 20 of March a Wine Maker's dinner at the Temple Gardens Hotel in Moose Jaw, Canada.

In this occasion 70 people enjoyed Chef's Curtis Toth 5 course menu along 5 different wines from Torreon de Paredes. As expected the shining star of the evening was Don Amado 2008.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Wines

Doug Reichel helps you pick the perfect wine for your Easter feast.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vendimia 2015 de Rengo, Harvest Festival

As in previous years, Torreón de Paredes will be present at the Vendimia 2015 de Rengo, Harvest Festival, to be held this Friday 27th and Saturday March 28, on Rengo' Main Square.
Our stand will be located at the Plaza de Rengo, on our usual corner spot.

See you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paredes pleases the consumers

The Moose Jaw Times Herald
Nathan Liewicki
Published on March 20, 2015

Chilean winemaker visits Moose Jaw on tour of Saskatchewan

The process of making wine starts with the growing of grapes in a vineyard.

©Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki 
“If you make the wrong decision, such as pruning vines improperly … or you apply too much fertilizer and force the plant to overproduce, you’re going to affect the wine,” said Javier Paredes.
Co-owner of the Torreon de Paredes Winery in Rengo, Chile, located 114 km southeast of the capital, Santiago, Paredes was at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa on Friday evening for a five-course winery dinner featuring five of his wines.
It marked the second of several stops on his latest Saskatchewan tour, having been in Estevan on Thursday for a similar evening.

“For a small winery like ours, this is the only way to promote our wines, and teach people how to appreciate your products,” said Paredes.
“It’s educational marketing. It’s a never-ending process and you never stop learning.”


Chardonnay’s cachet ebbs and flows

The StarPhoenix, 16 Mar 2015, JAMES ROMANOW Dr. Booze

Remember the 1990s? When the future seemed full of email and cellphones and people actually believed Pets.com would make money? Remember drowning in Chardonnay at every bar and restaurant in town? Even lowbrow pizza joints would have one on the menu.

Like the dot.com bubble, Chardonnay of that era became ever more a caricature of what it was. People discovered malolactic fermentation (a.k.a. MLF, the conversion of hard-edged malic acid into the softer lactic acid) and exotic yeast strains that could make Chardonnay taste like pineapple juice mixed with butter. Chardonnay surfed on a tidal wave of popularity, eventually crashing against the beach of consumer fickleness.

This was followed by the unoaked frenzy, an attempt to reinstate fruit, to try to make Chardonnay taste more like wine again. Today, the tide has gone out, leaving Chardonnay a stalwart wine but bobbing more calmly in the shallows, largely ignored by today’s consumers pursuing the current craze for sweet wines. (Can you say Pinot Grigio or moscato?)

This lack of popularity is good news for those of us who view wine as food, not as a badge of wealth. The market is still a bit of a mess with some well-known and popular labels still producing overpriced plonk. However, it doesn’t take a lot of searching to find some wines that are ever so drinkable. In fact, after tasting a half dozen or so, I was surprised how uniform the palates have become. So uniform in fact that the only reason I picked this week’s Wine of the Week was it was a couple of bucks cheaper than the alternatives.

James Romanow Wine of the week
Torreon de Paredes is a small family winery operating out of Rengo, Chile. Their wines tend to follow the slightly conservative, Old World style that is common in Chile. And their Chardonnay Reserva is a fine pretender to the heritage of Chablis. Firstly, it is subtle. The wine changes profile ever so slightly and gently as the temperature shifts. There is a touch of oak here, and if you leave the wine open on the counter overnight you’ll start to approach that mid-palate and buttery flavour so beloved by some people. However, it never gets out of control.

If you drink the wine at fridge temp, five degrees, the grapefruit astringency flavours (which I adore) predominate.

But if you serve it warmer, around 10 degrees, which I recommend, you will start to get the delicate citrus flower and lemon bouquet and a more balanced wine.

Oyster Bay, a reliable New Zealand label, was remarkably similar. The oak flavours were a bit less pronounced, and the wine just a wee bit better structured. It was my favourite of the tasting but it’s $3 or 17 per cent more. That’s not enough to deter me, but I’m sure there are folks out there for whom it makes more of a difference.

Sandhill is a Canadian winery that is both innovative and reliable. It suffers in this tasting by being six months younger as a Northern Hemisphere wine. This makes the freshness and fruit flavours a bit more assertive than in the other two wines.

I loved the astringency of this wine when served cold, that zesty, snappy mid-palate set of flavours that just seem to cry out for stir-fried vegetables.

You won’t go wrong with any of these wines.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When wine and food meet

Javier Paredes of Torreón de Paredes Winery in Rengo, Chile pours some of his wine for the public on an earlier trip to Moose Jaw.

The Moose Jaw Times Herald
Lisa Goudy

Winery dinner to feature Chilean winemaker

When it comes to drinking wine, choosing the wine is just as important as the food it’s paired with.

“Food without wine is like dance without music,” said Doug Reichel, wine marketer with Doug Reichel Wine Marketing Inc in Moose Jaw. “Wine is meant to be enjoyed in the context of food and has traditionally been that way, more so with beer and spirits. Beer and spirits tend to be more singular, solo drinks. Wine has always been intended as something to be shared.”

A few years ago, he began working with Temple Gardens Mineral Spa for food and wine experiences with five different wines and five corresponding courses to go with each wine.

“I represent wineries from around the world and I invite the winemaker or the winery principle to come and tour in Saskatchewan. Their wines are on the shelves in the liquor store,” said Reichel.

Friday at 6 p.m. at the spa, winemaker Javier Paredes of Torreon de Paredes Winery in Rengo, Chile and Curtis Toth, Temple Gardens’ chef, will present a five-course winery dinner.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Moose Jaw Wine Club visits Torreón de Paredes

During this summer season that is ending now, we received a good number of foreign visitors. Among them we received a small and very enthusiastic group from the Moose Jaw Wine Club, Canada. They enjoyed Torreón wines and a very nice sunny day at our Vineyards in Rengo. Great way to skip to the cold winter of the Prairies. Javier Paredes was the host for this visit.