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Updated: Sep 15

🍷Celebrating Greek Wines: The Wines of Greece Trade Masterclass Toronto🍇

An Evening of Discovery and Delight at Arcadian Loft.

On August 30th, 2023, Toronto's wine enthusiasts came together at the elegant Arcadian Loft in the Simpson Tower for an unforgettable event: the "Wines of Greece Trade Masterclass." Led by the renowned wine expert Michelle Bouffard DipWSET, this gathering was a highlight on the city's wine calendar, offering an enlightening exploration of the diverse world of Greek wines.

Thema White Shines Bright 🌟

One of the stars of the evening was none other than our very own Thema White Wine, proudly represented by Intra Vino Wine Agency. This exceptional Greek wine showcased the remarkable quality and unique character of wines from Greece.

High-Level Interest and Distinguished Guests

The event drew an impressive crowd, with both masterclasses attracting more than 30 top-tier trade professionals and influential media figures. Notably, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) sent their discerning buyers, highlighting the growing interest and market potential for Greek wines in Canada.

Behind the Scenes: Lisa Ulrich's Key Role 🙌

Behind the scenes, Lisa Ulrich, Senior Project Manager at Andros Communications, played a pivotal role in our successful participation at the "Wines of Greece Trade Masterclass." Her dedication and support were instrumental in securing our spot at this prestigious event, enabling us to introduce Thema White Wine to an audience with a genuine appreciation for fine wines.

A Journey Through Greek Terroir 🌿

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from Michelle Bouffard, whose expertise and enthusiasm set the stage for an informative and engaging masterclass.

Attendees embarked on a virtual journey through the picturesque Greek vineyards, savouring the unique terroir and centuries-old winemaking traditions that define Greek wines.

Thema White: A Palate's Delight 🍋

Thema White Wine, with its complex and refreshing flavour profile, captured the attention and admiration of all in attendance. Its vibrant notes of citrus and stone fruit, coupled with a subtle minerality, enchanted the palates of the wine enthusiasts present. This wine epitomized the exceptional quality and craftsmanship that Greek winemakers bring to the global stage.

Unlocking the Potential of Greek Wines 🌍

Throughout the evening, lively discussions and exchanges underscored the potential for Greek wines to secure a permanent place on the wine lists of esteemed restaurants and in the cellars of discerning collectors. The Greek wine category, once an undiscovered treasure, is now shining brightly on the international stage.

A Memorable Evening Concludes 🌟

As the evening concluded, the "Wines of Greece Trade Masterclass" left an indelible mark on all those in attendance. It showcased the dedication and passion of those advocating for Greek wines and highlighted the extraordinary diversity and quality that Greece contributes to the world of wine.

In summary, the event held at the Arcadian Loft in the Simpson Tower on August 30th, 2023, was a tremendous success, shining a spotlight on the exceptional Thema White Wine and the broader category of Greek wines. The presence of influential trade professionals, media figures, and the invaluable support of Lisa Ulrich from Andros Communications made this evening a memorable chapter in the journey of Greek wines into the hearts and glasses of wine enthusiasts in Toronto and beyond. We eagerly anticipate continuing this exciting journey, sharing the flavours of Greece with an ever-expanding community of wine connoisseurs. 🥂


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Natalie's Score: 91/100

From Domaine Martin, Château Bel Air Gloria 2016 is a Cru Bourgeois produced from a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 25% in Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cru Bourgeois is a quality designation for the Médoc indicating that the wine has been examined and certified as having high enough quality and taste profile to qualify as a Cru Bourgeois. Look for rich aromas and flavours of dark berry, plum, crushed raspberry, fine herbs, toasty oak spice flavours and smoky notes on this bright and full-bodied red from the Bordeaux wine region. Good now, better in 2024 or cellar to 2032.

Food pairings: veal cutlets, pork tenderloin, beef roast.

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This Château Bel Air Gloria 2016 was reviewed on March 18, 2023 by Natalie MacLean


Wine Align Review: Chateau Bel Air Gloria 2016, Cru Bourgeois, A.C. Haut Médoc

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Updated: Dec 9, 2022

This is exciting! It's old-school yet well balanced, with notes of suppurating black fruits, dark cherry, compote, furniture polish and spice, black pepper, chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The richness is tempered by decent acidity, which serves as a foundation for all that expressiveness to cling to and, as a result, shine through. Stunning!

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Records show that the Curtis Family name first appeared in Cervaro in 1471, a town established by the Latinium tribe in Central Italy around the Second Century AD. Cervaro is situated approximately 10klms south of the monastery town of Monte Cassino, the site of some of the bitterest fighting between the Allied and German forces in Italy during World war II

In 1499 the Cardinal de Medici allocated Paolo Curtis the authority to administer the Papal lands in the area around Cervaro. Upon these rich soils they established vineyards and olive groves, which are still farmed by the family. They became major wine producing families, selling to large city merchants from Naples and Rome. The Second World War took its toll upon the buildings used as a winery and barrel storage, but more destructive was the introduction of the Phylloxera grape vine louse, badly damaging the vineyards. Some were replanted and are harvested today. It was whilst the later replanting was taking place that the young Claudio Curtis first became involved in vineyards. While his parents tendered the newly growing vines, Claudio tried to help by removing the growing shoots. The Curtis Family have been growing grapes and making wine in McLaren Vale since 1973.

Today the Curtis Family are concentrating on developing complex premium wines for the Australian market. Premium wines that show the Curtis Family passion for great McLaren Vale Wines.

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