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News - 29.11.11

“Canada is looking to import wines that make a difference”

Wines of Argentina recently received the visit of Stephen Schiedel, a buyer for the Canadian British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) monopoly, who travelled to Argentina moved by his interest in tasting wines made in the country and interviewing suppliers with whom he currently works in Canadian markets and wine shops.

Wines of Argentina recently received the visit of Stephen Schiedel, a buyer for the Canadian British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) monopoly, who travelled to Argentina moved by his interest in tasting wines made in the country and interviewing suppliers with whom he currently works in Canadian markets and wine shops.

During a lone tasting session, he tasted a number of wines from wineries in San Rafael, San Juan, Patagonia and Argentina’s Northern Region. The one condition for wines to be included in the tasting was that they should already have an importing agent in British Columbia.

In an interview with Wines of Argentina, Stephen Schiedel commented that this was the first time he travelled to Argentina in the spring, and this made all the difference. He had a taste of the rain, thunder and lightning and overall atypical weather conditions Mendoza experienced some days ago. However, it was easier for him to get to the city’s surrounding areas than on previous occasions and he said that after this trip he will be better able to find his way around the region.

Mr. Schiedel said he was very pleased with the white wines he tasted: “I’m very impressed, more than ever, with the whites I’ve tasted, with the evolution of the Uco Valley and the advance of fruit over oak.” He once again claimed that Malbec is by far the favorite variety of the Canadian market and he stated that as soon as he gets back home he will selectively incorporate Premium wines with differentiating features into his portfolio.

 Finally, Mr. Schiedel expressed his interest in returning to visit other winemaking regions under the guidance of Wines of Argentina.