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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! 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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20 November 2018

Greek & Roman mythology vines and wine

by Xavier Larkin-Doucet

Ancient Greece has always had a noticeably high influence in the etymology and the allusions used in the French and English languages, with a large portion of these expressions used daily. In the viticulture and winemaking world, these influences are also easily perceptible.

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13 November 2018

Canadian whisky: the chemistry is undeniable!

by Eric Van Hove

It is not often that we can meet a “doctorate” in whisky. There are a few known ones that are constantly trying to define (or redefine) the norms of whisky. Dr. Don Livermore graduated in microbiology in 1996 in Ontario and immediately joined the distillery as a lab technician. He then pursued a master’s degree and a doctorate in “mixing and distillation” at the Heriot-Watt University located in Edinburg in Scotland, the same university where Dr. Jim Swan studied at.

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9 November 2018

Are you a “responsible” drinker?

by Éric St-Cyr

All there is to know about “BIO” wine. This week, a new columnist joins the Alfred team, sommelier Caroline Chagnon, co-author of the book,« Le sommelier, c’est vous ! : Servir, déguster et harmoniser les vins comme un pro ». She tells us about the different “organic” names that we find in the wine world. The ecological trend has…

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6 November 2018

The first of the firsts : Harlan Estate

by Hugo Duchesne

On October 4th, The Coureur des Bois had the honor of welcoming François Vigneau from the mythical domain of Napa Valley: Harlan Estate. Bill Harlan founded this domain, precisely located in Oakville, in 1984. The first vintage, 1990, was introduced to the market in 1996. These lands cover 97 hectares, with only 17 of them planted in Bordeaux varietals, with 70% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit verdot.

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29 October 2018

The value and rarity of Orange wine

by Pascale Lemieux

All of the people that currently believe that Orange wine is a new trend should definitely reconsider, as this type of winemaking has existed for many, many years already. Traces of terracotta jars found 6000 years ago in Georgia are a proof that Orange wine has played a large part in the origin story of…

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23 October 2018

Cork or screw cap, the dilemma!

by Pascale Lemieux

The comparison between the cork and the screw cap is still relevant for wine consumers. On the one hand, one cannot deny the desirable effects of the cork and the irrefutable evidence of its beneficial effects on wine aging. On the other hand, experimentation and innovation are at the heart of the discourse to adopt…

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9 October 2018

Who says fall, says Gamay!

by Pascale Lemieux

We can say that fall makes place for the cold, but it is also a fantastic season for wine enthusiasts and foodies alike. For me, the long walks in the forest to perceive the scents of humid soil, mushrooms, flowers, fruits and spices is synonymous with the arrival of this season. Nature also offers us a spectacle of colors. During the last stage of development of the leaf, which can be compared to the robe of an aging red wine, it transforms. It goes from a red garnet color, to a “tawny” color and, finally, to a brown color before falling to the ground. Instinctively, fall also brings us to cook in a different way, by prioritizing comforting food that pairs well with the ambiance. Wines elaborated from the Gamay varietal are the perfect companions for discussions around a good meal, eagerly waiting for winter to begin.

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2 October 2018

Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire – Petrus 1994

by Alfred

The wine experience of the Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire is a reunion of many different elements. An internationally renowned wine cellar, a diversified selection of wine by the glass, exceptional food and wine pairings, unique events and a team of passionate and expert sommeliers. Once per month, 24 guests are invited to partake in a unique experience for the Winemaker Diner. During these events, a famous wine personality is asked to present wine pairings specially adapted to a seven services menu prepared by the restaurant’s chef for this occasion. Gastronomy, discussions and friendliness await!

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