Food & Wine | Elevate your Holidays with Graffigna Elevation Red Blend

For those of you out there who are about to tackle another busy Holiday season with me, life is about to get a lot more festive. Thankfully, amid the shopping lists and crowds, the Holidays also have dinner parties and reasons to cheers to good health & happiness. Just in time for the impending colder months, Graffigna Wines have released their new Elevation Red Blend in Canada. As I’m sure you have come to notice, Argentinian Wines are making waves in the wine world. This newest addition is a perfect representation of an Argentinian blend that is sure to please any wine drinker in your life.

I have been sipping Argentinian Wines for years and it seems as though the rest of the world is finally coming to realize what I have been saying. Check out some of my previous posts featuring this amazing wine culture here & here. Bodegas Graffigna is certainly one of the strongest representation of Award Winning Wines produced from this beautiful country that I one day hope to visit and tour with Julio.

The most recent addition of Elevation Red Blend to their roster of wines brings an approachable & affordable way to venture into Argentinian Red Wine if this is your first time.

“In 2013 Graffigna launched a new member of Centenario family: The Elevation Red Blend, composed by: Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat. … Today, Graffigna continues to consistently embrace innovation without relinquishing its rich history and tradition.”

Not only is Graffigna’s online presence some of the best in the wine world (though I must admit their promo videos are a bit dated), but their YouTube channel offers some of the best tasting notes. I highly encourage you to check it out here.

“Graffigna is one of the first and oldest operating wineries in Argentina and has a rich history of crafting bold wines.” In this particular instance, there is something to be said for experience. Elevation Red Blend, as their most recent product, masterfully combines some of the strongest grapes producing the majority of the wine being exported and consumed from Argentina.

Immediately when you open the bottle a sense of warmth will fill your nose. It’s one of my favourite parts of Argentinian wine because it is as though you are transported to another place without ever having to leave your home. The term Elevation is based upon the fact that the majority of grapes used in the production of this wine are grown on the highest peaks in Argentina.

The elevation does in fact intensify the flavours and boldness of the wine.. I could on and on about terroir and be a total wine geek but I will spare you all. Think about it in the sense that as humans climb mountains, climates become more intense and their affect on us is profound. The same can be said for grapes grown at higher elevations.

With heavy tones of dark cherries and a lingering on the tongue that one could be likened to savouring a piece of dark chocolate, this wine is romance in a glass. Perfect for hosting a Holiday dinner in the coming months to warm your guests up from the cold, or a great host gift to bring with you to Holiday events. For my Ontario readers out here, make sure to check the LCBO website to find your nearest bottle here. Retailed in Canada at $14.95 a bottle and with more beautiful flavours than most $49.95 bottles on the market, this wine will be well stocked in my home in the coming months and I encourage you to do the same.


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Make sure to follow @GraffignaWines on Twitter and to tell them your thoughts on Elevation Red Blend during your Holiday get togethers and dinners. Tag @DoTheDaniel so I can share in your festivities over a glass of beautiful wine.

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Photos: Graffigna

Please remember to enjoy responsibly and never drink and drive


Daniel Desforges