MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 PM

In the wild utopia of the vast Argentine landscape, you may discover a sight of pure lush beauty, one reserved for supernatural deities. These mythic mountains are home to the region’s goddesses — the grapevines that breathe life into some of the most earth-shattering, palate-pleasing grapes on the globe. Join us this March for your very own taste of these legendary libations. #MendozaWine

Which will you prefer? $5 for a Tasting

March 4

Wine Tasting 2012, Reunión, Tinto, Malbec-Bonarda, Agrelo, Argentina

@brazoswine | @Vinos_Joffre

Wine Tasting 2012, Tinto Negro, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Alejandro Sejanovich in the Vineyard | Jeff Mausbach in the Vineyard
@jeffmausbach | @VineyardBrands | #TintoNegro

March 25

Wine Tasting 2011, Riglos, Gran Cabernet Franc, Tupungato, Argentina

Wine Tasting 2011, Riglos, Gran Cabernet Sauvignon, Tupungato, Argentina

Tour Bodegas Riglos | Finca Las Divas | @BodegaRiglos

About the Wineries

BODEGA RJ VIÑEDOS: REUNIÓN – In the Los Sauces region of the Uco Valley, the Andes Mountains stretch out in every direction. Here we find RJ Viñedos, a small, family-owned winery run by founder Raul Joffre and his four daughters – his “guiding stars” – who drive his passion for wine and life. Along with winemaker Mariano Cignoli, they produce the unique Reunión, a boutique line of wine that is the perfect introduction to Joffre’s passion. Cignoli believes in letting the grapes have their own voice, and looks for purity of fruit with little intervention.

TINTO NEGRO – Celebrating all things Malbec in Mendoza, the vineyard Tinto Negro (Black Wine) gets its name from the grape itself. Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach have 15 years of experience at Bodega Catena Zecapa, one of Argentina’s most well-known vineyards. Together, these two experts live to showcase Malbec’s full range and exotic nature, pushing the limits of what is possible with this remarkable grape. The vineyard also uses sustainable growing practices – including watering fields with snow melt from the Andes Mountains – and they pursue organic viticulture to avoid imparting or removing any characteristics from the vines.

ACHAVAL-FERRER – In 1998, Santiago Achával set out to highlight the century-old vines that grow in Mendoza, as well as the unique elements that give the region its value. Since these humble beginnings, Achaval-Ferrer has become known for reaching the upper echelon of Malbec and breaking barriers of what can be achieved with this grape. Built on a dream, Achaval-Ferrer is now an institution for Malbec, and their vineyards have become kings of the region.

BODEGAS RIGLOS – Bodegas Riglos, also known as Finca Las Divas – “Estate of the Goddesses” – commands the attention of the pristine nature surrounding the Valle de Uco. Here, the grapes are larger than life and claim this realm like a mythical creature. Yet they also represent the spirit of childhood friends and owners Dario Werthein and Fabián Suffern, whose respect for the region and the grapes have inspired international acclaim since the vineyard’s inception in 2002. Paul Hobbs – a wine entrepreneur of mythical proportions – and CEO Rafael Calderón, a guru with 20 years of wine expertise, have also helped the Bodegas achieve its legendary status.