Explore Wines From Argentina

What Makes Wines from Argentina so Special?

The world of wine is a vast one. You can find winding vines of red and green grapes in countries on (almost) every continent. So it isn’t hard to find new places with a thriving wine industry and culture. One iconic wine country is South America’s Argentina. With majestic mountains in Patagonia, sweeping coastlines, and desert-like climates in much of the country, Argentina’s wine production is thriving. As a top five producer in the world, wines from Argentina can be found at varying price points and satisfying any discerning palate. Let’s explore Argentine wine and what makes it a frequent WineCollective feature.

World Access to Argentine Wine

Closely-cropped bottle of 2017 Malbec from Argentina

Argentina might be the 5th largest wine producing country in the world, but it wasn’t always that way. Wines from Argentina weren’t always easy to find internationally. Until the 1990s, wine produced in Argentina was mostly consumed within their own borders. As a result of increased exporting, the quality of wines being made in Argentina improved significantly. This caused great growth in purchases around the world and is why we’re all able to enjoy access to wines from Argentina today.

What Type of Wine is Argentina Known For?

Rows of grapes growing in an Argentinian vineyard

There are many varietals to enjoy from Argentina. Firstly, you probably think of Malbec, which is the country’s most notable grape. However, there is plenty to explore when it comes to wines from Argentina, where you can also find:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Torrontes
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Two Argentinian Malbec Wines You Have to Try

Proemio Terroir Red Blend

Bottle shot of an Argentinian Malbec, Proemio Terroir Red Blend
  • Why We Love It: In the cellar, the Proemio team employs a unique style of oak barrels for aging — rather than barrels made from staves from the trunk of an oak, they use staves sourced from the tree’s branches. This is not only an effort in sustainability, but also lends a slight rusticity to the finished wine to complement the bright fruit.
  • Taste: This wine is a berry bonanza on the palate! All the red fruit from the nose comes through loud and clear with flavours of wild strawberry, tart raspberry, and ripe cherry. It’s fully dry though, so don’t be fooled by all the juicy fruit flavours. 
  • Food Pairing: This is a party-friendly BBQ wine perfect for spring and summer. While it doesn’t need food, try this with a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin on the BBQ, or seared halloumi served on crunchy grilled baguette and drizzled with balsamic.

Vaglio Aggie Malbec

Vagglio Aggie 2016 Malbec Wine bottle
  • Why We Love It: Vaglio wines are meant to showcase the qualities from their vineyard, with each wine demonstrating a different expression of Malbec. The Aggie, one of five Malbecs produced under Valgio Wines, is harvested from a 52 acre vineyard planted in 2008.
  • Taste: Bitterness of plum skin or cherry pit, combined with light leather notes and toasted nuts, give more depth to the fruity profile that enchanted us from the nose. Aged for eight months in 40% new French oak.
  • Food Pairing: Portobella mushroom burger with sautéed onions on a toasted brioche bun. Underlying earthy qualities and strong tannins will balance well with the richness of butter and caramelized flavours. An easy wine to pair with almost anything on the BBQ!

Featured May 2020 Wines

The eleven wines featured by WineCollective in May 2020

Each month we feature many wines from around the world, which often includes Argentina! We are are always finding high quality wine, at exceptional prices. Which is why it continues to be a wonderful source for WineCollective.;lzxaq’ Take a look at the wines we shared with members this month and maybe try some new bottles you didn’t get to.

We hope you’re able to indulge in some Argentine wine soon. It’s an exciting wine country well worth exploring! And don’t forget, you can shop our wine selections any time at

Want to Continue to Explore the World Through Wine?

There is an entire world out there of wine to enjoy. So if you want to start your next wine adventure, we’re happy to guide you!

TV and Wine: What to Pair

The Perfect Match for an Evening In

Staying in and enjoying a glass or two is not anything new. This is the Saturday night reality for many people and is a reliable way to unwind after a long week. TV and wine are a perfect match and the reality is even more of us are spending much more time at home these days. With social distancing guidelines being in place for the foreseeable future, we thought why not share some staff picks! We are lucky to live in a time when there are many options for movie watching, TV and wine.

The options can be overwhelming, so here are some WineCollective staff viewing picks, along with a great wine to go with it! Sit back and try something new in your glass and on your screen.

WineCollective Staff Picks

TV and Wine pairing together at home with WineCollective
  • “Anytime I needs a pick me up, I watch Easy A on Netflix. The clever banter and witty retorts get me laughing every time. With spring here now, I’m loving a glass (or two) of the delicious Finca Martha Chardonnay. Oh and don’t forget the popcorn!” – Kerri, Procurement Manager
  • Shameless? How about Shame-more! If you haven’t seen this boisterous, gasp-worthy series, now is the time. With 10 seasons currently out on Netflix and one more in the works, it always has me ready for more. When I sit down to watch an episode (or eight) I like to enjoy a nice, spicy red. My go-to at the moment is a bottle of False Bay Old School.” – Shannon, DTC Manager
  • “If you are looking for a couple laughs, like I’m sure we all are at the moment, look no further than Schitt’s Creek, streaming on Netflix and CBC Gem. A Canadian comedy created by father son team Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, this binge worthy comedy pairs well with one of our favourite Canadian wines, the Creekside Pinot Gris. This wine is definitely Alexis approved too.” – Annie, Supply Chain Coordinator
  • “Feeling cooped up with cabin fever and wishing you were out exploring the world? Me too! I’ve been diving deep into nature docu series to still feel connected to nature and am currently hooked on Netflix’s Night on Earth.  Low-light photography, stunning landscapes, and cute seal pups pair best with adventurous wines – like the Krasno Red Blend from Slovenia.” – Amber, Director of DTC Operations 

Wine Was Made for TV Time

TV and Wine pairing together at home WineCollective
  • “How can you not be hooked on a show that starts every episode with an expletive bleep? Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist… on CTV combines comedy, drama, and musical theatre. Is there anything funnier and more terrifying than the thought of singing your deepest emotions OUT LOUD?! This TV show pairs perfectly with the unoaked, fruit filled, no-thought-required Gerbera Garnacha.” – Kelly, Customer Experience Coordinator
  • “For dry, cynical British humour, you can’t get much better than the short-lived BBC show Black Books on Amazon Prime! It’s a favourite re-watch of mine, who likes to drink like the show’s Bernard Black and enjoy ice-cold Aussie Rosé (try Oakridge ‘Over-the-Shoulder’ Rosé) or Spanish reds like the Nucli Tinto from Bodegas Neleman. – James, Procurement Coordinator

We hope these suggestions help you get through the days and nights at home. TV and wine are a great way to help pass the time, so pop a bottle, and catch up on something new. Cheers!

Not Your Average Mother’s Day Gift

Celebrating Mom Like She Deserves

Many holidays are synonymous with spending time with loved ones. Whether it’s large family dinners for Christmas or a festive birthday brunch, Canadians love celebrating with their friends and family. 2020 has not been a typical year for anyone and we are experiencing exceptional times. These measures are impacting how we can celebrate important people in our lives, including Mother’s Day. No matter who the Mom is in your life — spouse, friend, caregiver, neighbour, or parent — they deserve all the appreciation you can give. We want to share some ways you can still celebrate Mom with a great Mother’s Day gift, without being in the same room.

Obviously, Moms Love Wine

We couldn’t miss this opportunity to share our 2020 Mother’s Day gifts. Every year we create great gifting options that will delight any lucky Mom who is interested in wine. This year especially, it’s so easy to send a gift of wine to that special Mom who deserves a few great bottles. With limited resources available locally, getting wine shipped is the easiest way to enjoy wine these days. And with WineCollective, you know that the bottles Mom gets will be great.

We scour the world looking for the best wine and often share vintages, varietals, and wineries that you can’t get in stores. Shop our 1, 2, and 3 month gift options and get some awesome wine in Mom’s hands, without either of you leaving the house!

WineCollective Mother's Day Wine Gift Wine

Brunch: A Mother’s Day Gift Classic

A tried and true celebration of Moms is brunch. And while having a traditional brunch may not be possible right now, there are some inventive ways to still show Mom you care with a great meal. Many great, local restaurants are still offering delivery or take out services, which is an excellent way to support small businesses and eat great food!

Using food delivery services means you can easily send brunch right to Mom’s door:

All of these services offer delivery across Canada. What a great surprise to give! There is also the option of picking up a basket or prepared meal from a local vendor or restaurant and having a “distant picnic”. If the weather is great where you are on May 10th, why not set out some blankets 2 metres apart, and enjoy brunch that way! We even have some great Rosé that would accompany an outdoor, socially distant breakfast.

mother's day winecollective brunch

Time For a New Hobby

There is no better time than now to further explore existing hobbies or taking on a new one! As our days of social distancing has gone on, have you noticed Mom talking more about her knitting? Maybe she’s learning to paint or is excited about getting back into the garden. This is the perfect time to really listen, not that we don’t always listen to our moms…

Take some time to scout out local shops that now offer online shopping, delivery, or curb-side pickup so that you can still support the businesses in our communities that need the help. Craft kits and adult colouring books can be found at tons of bookstores. As spring moves along and we’re getting more sun, local greenhouses will also likely be offering plenty of great gift options. Shop local and ask around for shopping ideas!

WineCollective Mother's Day Wine Gift Hobby

A Mother’s Day To Remember

It’s unlikely that most of us will forget this Mother’s Day. It’s easy to get into the routine of being at home working, spending more time with the kids, and adjusting to new schedules. However these kinds of changes in our lives are felt even more on holidays when we can’t spend time with one another like we used to. If gifting isn’t an option for you this Mother’s Day, don’t worry. What Moms want most is for their loved ones to be cared for and happy. So at the very least, take the time to call, email, or video chat with the special Mom in your life, no matter who she is.

Featured February 2020 Wines

Battling the Winter Blues with Winter Wine!

February can be a pretty hard month. Winter is dragging on, the weather can be extra cold, and spring seems far away. Even though celebrations like Valentine’s Day and Family Day/Louis Riel Day warm our cold hearts, we’re ready for sunshine! With March quickly creeping up on us, we wanted to take a look back at the great wine that got us through the month of February 2020. Hopefully these bottles were shared with loved ones and opened in the warmest of homes. We’re excited about sunnier days and new wine next month, so don’t forget to leave some room in the wine rack! Here’s to high hopes that the snow stays in the mountains, the freezing rain stays in the clouds, and warmer days are ahead.

WineCollective Featured Wine © 2020

We hope you loved the winter wine you received in February and members don’t forget: shop the WineCollective online store to stock up on your favourites from the month. If you aren’t a member of WineCollective — Canada’s best wine club — you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing March wine or check out last month to see what else we shared!

Featured January 2020 Wines

Start the Year With Canada’s Best Wine Club

Well it’s finally here. A whole new decade to start fresh in. 2020 is the 11th year WineCollective has been Canada’s best wine club! We’ve been sharing wine with Canadians for over a decade now and boy does it feel good. January is always an exciting time at WineCollective because all the lucky people who received a club subscription for Christmas receive their first package. This gives us the chance to broaden our audience and share even more bottles than we usually do! If you follow these monthly recap posts you’ll notice there are more bottles than usual, and that’s exactly why. More members = more wine! This gives you all the more reason to shop away and try out some bottles you didn’t receive this month.

WineCollective Featured Wine

We hope you loved the wines you received and members don’t forget: shop the WineCollective online store to stock up on your favourites from the month. If you aren’t a member of WineCollective — Canada’s best wine club — you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing February wine or check out last month to see what else we shared!

Featured December 2019 Wine

There’s Always Time for Wine

Oh my goodness, the holiday season can be so overwhelming! We likely aren’t alone in being at least a little glad the hustle and bustle is over. That being said, December is also a great month in WineCollective’s calendar. We get to share wine with our members that are part of many memorable moments and nothing is better than that. From engagements to family gatherings, bottles from WineCollective are popped open all month long. We are so honoured to be part of the chaos and fun of the holiday season! Let’s take a look back to the wonderful featured wine we shared in December 2019.

WineCollective Featured Wine

  • El Camino — Malbec | Mendoza, Argentina
  • Adulation — Pinot Noir | California, USA
  • Amata Prosecco — Glera | Veneto, Italy
  • Cavazza — Tai Rosso | Veneto, Italy
  • Diatom Bar-M — Chardonnay | California, USA
  • Sunrock Illumina —Zinfandel, Shiraz | Okanagan Valley, Canada
  • Montepeloso A Quo — Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Marselan, Alicante | Tuscany, Italy
  • Opal Ridge — Semillon, Chardonnay | South Eastern, Australia
  • Tridente Gota de Arena — Tempranillo | Castilla y León, Spain
  • Clos d’Alzan Signargues Villages — Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah | Côtes-du-Rhône, France
  • Westcott Estate — Chardonnay | Vinemount Ridge, Canada
  • Burnt Ship Bay — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc | Niagara Peninsula, Canada

We hope you loved the wines you received and members don’t forget: shop the WineCollective online store to stock up on your favourites from the month. If you aren’t a WineCollective member, you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing January wine that will be going out to members later this month!

Featured November Wine

Enjoying Your Wine Club During the Holidays

We are quickly approaching the end of the year and we can’t be alone in thinking how crazy it is that this decade is coming to a close! It’s been a real whirlwind, considering at the start of this decade was when WineCollective began! We’ve had the best time growing over the last 10 years, sharing wine with Canadians. It’s an honour to be included in your everyday dinners, celebratory toasts, and beyond. As the year (and decade) wind down, we think there is no better time than over the holidays to be part of a wine club. What better way to be stocked up for festivities than to have a wine club like WineCollective deliver new bottles right to your doorstep?! We hope your membership is enjoyed even more over the coming weeks and in honour of the last month of 2019, let’s take a look back on the many bottles we shared this past November.

WineCollective Featured Wine

  • Ray’s Creek — Chardonnay | California, USA
  • Ray’s Creek — Pinot Noir | California, USA
  • Indigo Eyes — Cabernet Sauvignon | California, USA
  • Casa Santos Lima — Syrah | Lisboa, Portugal
  • El Casetero — Macabeo | Campo de Borja, Spain
  • Joel Delaunay — Sauvignon Blanc | Loire Valley, France
  • Teusner The Riebke — Shiraz |Barossa Valley, Australia
  • Arloren Miriar Rubí Reserva — Monastrell | Jumilla, Spain
  • Ferraton La Tournée — Vermentino, Viognier | Vin de France, France
  • Spartan Hills — Malbec | Paso Robles, USA
  • Jury Cellars — Cabernet Sauvignon | Oakville, USA
  • Longfellow — Grenache Blanc | Napa Valley, USA

We hope you loved the wines you received and members don’t forget: shop the WineCollective online store to stock up on your favourites from the month. If you aren’t a WineCollective member, you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing October wine or check out last month to see what else we shared!

2019 Holiday Wine Gifts

Give a Wine Subscription This Year

The days keep rolling by and before we know it — the holidays will be here! This time of year can be extremely stressful with busy schedules, deadlines, and the looming pressure of gift giving. Giving presents to loved ones is a highlight we certainly don’t take for granted, but it can be overwhelming thinking of new, fun ideas. Each year to help ease the stress of the holiday season, we launch our special WineCollective Gift Subscriptions. And 2019’s holiday wine gift roster is finally here! We’re so excited to share these wine subscription gifts with you and the wine lovers in your life. This year we have some exciting perks that are unlike anything we’ve shared before.

Wine Gifts to Remember

We truly think there is no gift quite like receiving wine at one’s doorstep, so we work hard to put together really great wine subscription gift options! This year we have gifting available in 2 to 6, and 12 month intervals — so there is truly something for everyone. We’re also very excited to be offering a mixed AND all-red Essential+ pack! We heard lots of feedback about offering a more premium all-red package, and it’s finally here. The red wine fan in your life will really love this wine subscription option.

Holiday Wine Gift Perks

This year we’re offering a variety of perks to complement the wine gift you purchase.

  • All 2+ month gift subscriptions receive a monthly $25 gift card for your recipient to stock up in our online store on their favourite wines!
  • 3 to 12 month subscriptions will also receive a WineFolly wine glass polishing cloth that not only does a great job getting those glasses shining, but is a really fun addition to your bar, cellar, or kitchen.
  • Lastly, all gift purchases include a $25 gift card to our sister site CanadaCraftClub (where you can find the world’s best craft beer) and of course, access to our WineCollective member exclusive online store.

A Holiday Wine Gift For Everyone

Our priority is always to share the best wine with you, while also teaching you some things about wine along the way. Wine should be fun and shared, which is why we have no doubt our wine gifts are the best holiday present! If you’re looking for corporate or large volume purchases, please send us a quick email to and we will find an option that works for you. Happy Holidays!

Discovering Wine Podcasts

Learn About Wine with Podcasts

The podcast world is a vast one. With thousands of choices, on every topic imaginable, it’s daunting to figure out where to start. Obviously one of our biggest interests is wine, and podcasts are a great way to learn about a new topic without investing in books or hours on the internet. The best way to learn about wine is by drinking, but that’s not always acceptable during your commute or while you’re on the treadmill. In honour of International Podcast Day (yes, there’s a day for that too), we’re taking some time to break down a few of our favourite wine podcasts!

Vino 101

If getting down to the basics or starting from the beginning is your main goal, then this is a great place to start. Touted as a “fun way to learn about wine”, Vino 101 is the perfect podcast to get lots of wine knowledge without any of the snobbiness you might get elsewhere.

Wine For Normal people

Feel overwhelmed by wine vocabulary and tasting notes that are just way over-the-top? Wine For Normal People is a really newbie-friendly wine podcast, hosted by Sommelier and Specialist of Wine, Elisabeth Schneider. This podcast is super approachable and fun to listen to!

I’ll Drink to That!

Former Sommelier Levi Denton spends his episodes interviewing great wine minds who are connected to the wine world. Ranging from other sommeliers to winemakers to restauranteurs, “I’ll Drink to That!” provides a lot of in depth knowledge about a very complicated and interesting industry.

Wine Podcasts are the Accessible Way to Learn

Like most topics, there are a ton of options in the podcast world to choose from when it comes to wine. Depending on what your goal is, you’ll find many wine podcasts that can be a good resource. The important thing is to find one that is hosted by people you trust and enjoy listening to. Wine should be fun! So pour a glass, get your headphones on, and take a listen.

Decanting Wine: Why and How

Is decanting wine necessary?

It’s an age-old question in the wine world and something that comes up when first starting to improve your wine-game: do you have to decant wine? When it comes to young, tannic wines and aged, sediment-prone wine, decanting is going to be an important step before enjoying a glass. Decanting is the process of pouring out the wine from the bottle into a larger vessel and allows for two things:

  1. Preventing sediment from reaching your glass by excluding it from the decanting vessel. No one wants to be sipping on gritty wine. Wine Folly suggests decanting your wine for 1 hour per 10 years of aging, which is a pretty good time gauge to generally adhere to.
  2. Aerating the wine by allowing it to breathe prior to serving. Younger wines in particular benefit from the aerating decanting offers. The extra exposure to oxygen allows the wine to open up and push forward important aromas and flavours.

How do you decant wine?

There are a number of methods you can use to decant wine and not all of them require expensive crystal. By first figuring out why you are decanting — to prevent sediment? to open up the wine? — you will then be able to have a good plan of action in how to decant. The simplest method that is great for young wine that needs to get some oxygen, is to pour yourself a glass and swirl away! It looks snobby but there is an actual purpose to swirling your wine glass. The movement will aerate the wine and make a difference in taste and aroma. Give it a shot!

If you’re decanting a more aged wine, using a decanting vessel is going to be helpful in preventing sediment from making its way to your glass. Wine Folly does a great job myth-busting some decanting methods without requiring a ton of new clutter for your kitchen cupboards and drawers.

Decanting looks fancy, but we’re confident you’ll quickly realize the benefits to letting your wine sit out decanted for awhile before sipping away. We also wrote about this topic before and have some quick tips you can check out on our last post!

Featured August Wine

Can you believe August is over?! Time sure does fly when you’re enjoying vacation days, (somewhat) sunny weather, and many shared bottles of wine. We’re excited to welcome in the fall, but it’s always with a bit of sadness for Canadians to wrap up the summer. Take a look back with us at the featured WineCollective bottles that are bridging the gap into September. We’re sure some of these Italian reds, French whites, and all the bottles in between will be a welcome oasis between hockey tryouts, gymnastics meets, and all the school activities that come along with September. Cheers to more great wine and to another summer in the books!

WineCollective Member Wines

  • Jasci & Marchesani NerubèMontepulciano | Abruzzo, Italy
  • Rocca di Montemassi CalasoleVermentino | Maremma, Italy
  • Pyrène Pays de CocagneMerlot, Tannat, Syrah | Comté Tolosan, France
  • Penner-AshViognier | Oregon, USA
  • Castello di Albola OsoSangiovese, Merlot, Syrah | Tuscany, Italy
  • Barrel BurnerCabernet Sauvignon | Paso Robles, USA
  • Undurraga AliwenCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah | Colchagua Valley, Chile
  • Cavit Maso CervaraTeroldego | Trentino, Italy
  • Giusti Sant’EustachioIncrocio Manzoni Bianco, Sauvignon Nepis, Chardonnay | Veneto, Italy

We hope you loved the wines you received and if you aren’t a member, you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing September wine or check out last month to see what else we shared!

Exploring Italian Wine

Get Your Glasses Ready!

Where does one even begin when it comes to Italian wine? As one of the most prominent members of ‘old world’ wine country, with nearly 400 grape varietals, Italy’s wine landscape is understandably huge. The country may not look big on a map, but when it comes to wine, Italy is a major wine producer. So how do you even get started? We’re here to help on your journey with Italian wine. You’ll be well on your way to being an expert in no time! The good news is, you just have to pay attention and drink a lot of wine.

Italian Reds

The star of the wine world in Italy is arguably red wine. Some estimates put Italy’s red wine production at double that of their white, so you know they aren’t messing around. Red wine in Italy is serious business. The most commonly grown varietals include:

  • Sangiovese (aka Chianti, Brunello di Monalcino, Montefalco Rosso, and more)
  • Montepulciano (aka Rosso Canero, Rosso Piceno)
  • Nebbiolo
  • Barbera
  • Primitovo (aka Zinfandel)

You’ll notice a lot of these varietals have different names. That can make things tricky, but if you check the labels correctly and learn the most common synonyms, you should be able to figure out what you’re picking up.

What’s the difference?

All of these reds are going to lean on the drier side, so if you have a sweet tooth when it comes to wine, Italian reds probably isn’t going to be where you want to start things out. Barbera and Primitivo are medium-bodied wines with earthy and fruit-forward notes, respectively. Bolder wines include Sanviovese, Montepulciano, and Nebbiolo. Montepulciano is fruitier, whereas the other two will give you more earthy notes with higher acidity and tannins. Any of these choices are going to give you a really good base to get started on your Italian red wine journey.

Italian Whites

White wine might not be Italy’s prominent export, but the whites they are producing are some of the best. With a wide range of varietals growing in their vineyards, there are a ton of options for you. Some of the most common varietals of white you’ll find coming from Italy include:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Trebbiano
  • Verdicchio
  • Prosecco (aka Glera)
  • Sauvignon (aka Tocai Friulano)

Pinot Grigio goes by Pinot Gris in France and isn’t native to Italy. However, the varietal has been growing in Italy for over a century now and is one of the most popular wines in the world.

Choosing the Right White

The 5 wines listed above are varied in taste profiles, so there is bound to be something you enjoy. Besides Prosecco, they are all still wines. Pinot Grigio and Verdicchio fall on the ‘light and zesty’ spectrum of white wines. If you’re looking for something bolder and drier, Trebbiano could be the right wine for you. Sauvignon is generally herbaceous and rich — not to mention a “love it or hate it” kind of wine. Lastly Prosecco typically has a lighter body and med-high acidity, along with of course lots of bubbles!

Something For Everyone

The Italian wine landscape is huge and would take many lifetimes to fully explore. However, we hope you’re able to take the time and have some fun sipping your way through the amazing offerings this great wine country has to offer. No matter what your tastes are, there will be something you love!