On the blogby Alfred

12 February 2019

The cold weather and its great remedies: Cognac or Armagnac?

by Pascale Lemieux

This time of the year has finally taken over completely. For the residents of the province of Quebec that do not flee to the southern regions to escape this rigorous winter weather, there exists a large selection of activities that are suitable to fully embrace and, ultimately, enjoy all that this cold season has to offer. What is better than, after a long spent outside, sipping a glass of eau-de-vie in front of the fireplace? In the category of eau-de-vie made from grapes, the cognac and the armagnac, two beverages made in France, stand out. Here are a few tips on how to differentiate them and how to find your way through the various domains, legislations and aging indicators.

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5 February 2019

A drinkable light! — Château d’Yquem

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

There are some of these wines on the market that are our everyday partners: the ones that we choose on a weeknight, without any pretension, that we share with our beloved people in pleasure and ease. Then, there are special wines. The ones that, by their tasting only, mark your memory as much as the imaginary. The names of great red wines are probably crossing your mind to this idea. However, beyond the Cros Parantoux and Petrus of this world, beyond all these Cabernets and Syrah, and despite the wish to have a dry and structured wine, all will agree on the greatness of a liquorous: Yquem.

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29 January 2019

All there is to know about Sherry

by Pascale Lemieux

One of the oldest wines in the world gets its name from its region of origin in the south of Andalusia: Jerez in Spain. Its Spanish name, “Jerez”, is translated in the international business language to “Sherry” or also “Xeres” in French. In all these cases, these different terms are all referring to the same wine. The Sherry wines originate from more than 3000 years ago, whereas their exportation started during the Roman Empire. This type of wine owes its complexity to its aging technique named “soleà” traditionally used in Spain.

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23 January 2019

Éduardo Chadwick and his wines

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Éduardo Chadwick is president of Vina Errazuriz, one of the most influential groups of the South American wine industry based in Chile. Errazuriz encompasses prestigious brands such as Don Maximiano, Kaï and La Cumbre. The Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire had the pleasure to welcome Éduardo Chadwick during a winemaker’s dinner in October 2015, and January 23rdwill mark the 15thanniversary of the “Dégustation de Berlin”: this is why we will offer the Sena wine by the glass for the occasion!

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22 January 2019

The Whiskies in the world of cinema

by Eric Van Hove

There are several films in which known whiskeys appear and, in some cases, it is just for realism. On the other hand, it is mostly for product placement: a whiskey put forward in a film or series in exchange for compensation. Whiskeys may only appear in the background in a bar, but we especially notice those that are manipulated by the actors. There are also closer collaborations between the world of film and whiskey to create specific products for a film or series.

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15 January 2019

Sparkling wines for any occasion!

by Pascale Lemieux

My blog this week is a love letter to the sparkling wine enthusiasts, those of you that always keep a sparkling wine bottle ready for any occasion. How can you select the best value sparkling wines? First and foremost, I will detail the different winemaking techniques that are the most notable. Then, we will navigate through a few appellation and mentions to look for on the sparkling wine labels to choose the correct product. Following this, we will explore another way to select products that match your tastes by knowing the different styles of sparkling wines and the varietals used. In conclusion, I will suggest a few products for those with more sugary palates.

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8 January 2019

Tannins, a question of experience and intuition

by Pascale Lemieux

When you drink a glass of red wine, you definitely talk about its tannins. I like to think that everybody has the capacity to stop for a moment, take a deep breath and feel what the wine has to offer. But where do the tannins come from and what justifies the number of qualifiers used to describe the texture in mouth; discreet, thin, chalky, fleshy, strong, astringent, silky, green, robust, etc.? How is the analysis of the tannins in a wine important when we talk about balance? I will try in the following text to demystify some of the mystery associated with this substance contained in wine, chocolate, and tea.

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1 January 2019

Château de Beaucastel

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Located in the northern side of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the Château de Beaucastel domain is one of the flagship wineries of the region. In Beaucastel, the soils are mostly composed of shingle, with lime and rocky elements that add to the maturity of the grapes which allows for the production of rich and voluminous wines. By always respecting its environment, the domain has converted to biological agriculture since the 1960’s. All the vine work is done manually and all the chemical products are replaced by natural elements that originate exclusively from the domain’s ecosystem. The character of each varietal is respected; with each being vinified separately and then assembled together to fully express the vintage.

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18 December 2018

11 Scotch whiskies to offer as a gift

by Eric Van Hove

11 scotch whiskies to answer “the” question of the hour: “I am looking for a special Christmas gift for my best friend, what are your suggestions?” You are looking for the perfect gift for a special person, not something common that is usually tasted; what we’re looking for here is something rare or exclusive. In the province of Quebec, three options are available: Passion Whisky Québec, Alfred.vin, and the SAQ.

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11 December 2018

Icewines produced in our home

by Pascale Lemieux

It’s the beginning of winter, the white season rituals, including a wide variety of outdoor activities and the typical family and friends gatherings to enjoy comfort foods accompanied by local products, are finally starting.  Our winter temperatures, while cold and harsh, allow the production of a unique wine: Icewine. What makes Canadian Icewine so special? How did we manage to distinguish ourselves among the other Icewine producing countries?

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4 December 2018

La La La! Wine: Domaine E. Guigal

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

On November 7th, the restaurant Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire had to pleasure to host a dinner with Philippe Guigal for the launch of the first vintage of the Domaine de Nalys since its acquisition by E. Guigal in September of 2017. 24 privileged guests had the opportunity to taste for of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvees of the Domaine de Nalys by comparing them to two wines of the Domaine E. Guigal and other fine wines of Guigal in Côte-Rôtie.

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27 November 2018

Supporting Californian wines

by Pascale Lemieux

Only one year after the extremely destructive forest fires in California affected many of the most renowned vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, new uncontrollable fires are striking the region once again. More than 20,000 acres have been destroyed by a fire that seems to have started in the city of Paradise, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills.

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