On the blogby Alfred

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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25 September 2018

Indigenous grape varietals of the Alpine region

by Pascale Lemieux

If I mention: “Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Grigio”, we all have references that immediately are brought up for those grape varietals, or souvenirs and preferences associated with tasting of wines elaborated with these varietals, depending on their region of origin. As an example, from a Shiraz (originating from South Australia, in Barossa Valley), it is awaited that a strong expressiveness of the fruit and powerful style will be the main characteristics of the product; but what about these varietals that are identified as “indigenous” on the current wine market? What can we expect from these wines and how can we find the best products that have eluded us all these years? In light of these questions, I propose you a trip through the vineyards of the Alps and its lesser-known regions. I hope that this will allow you to discover a large selection of wines produced with indigenous grape varietals that usually offer experiences that are quite different than the usual and, ultimately, more traditional grapes. By discovering these new products, the curiosity of even the finest palates amongst the wine enthusiasts in your wine tastings will be fulfilled – Let’s get discovering!

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18 September 2018

Whisky : an investment or an expense?

by Eric Van Hove

The record breaking sale of two 1926 Macallan bottles for 1.1 and 1.3 million dollars leaves no doubt: the whisky contained in the bottle certainly is not worth this much money.* With the constant demand for Scotland’s whisky (scotch) and Japanese whisky, the speculative investment based on rarity and singularity of the product has taken the market by storm, which has not necessarily pleased amateurs of whisky as they would rather just be able to experience the tasting all these wonderful products.

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11 September 2018

Vinopera at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

by Alfred

Two passionate wine lovers, Laurence Féraud, winemaker at Domaine du Pegau, and Michel Granier, sommelier and wine merchant, put their skills, ideas, and music together to open, in the very famous village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a unique place.

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4 September 2018

Le Parloir : a concept to discover!

by Alfred

Alfred is proud to present an outstanding partner. Newly installed in Montreal, Le Parloir offers the wine enthusiasts various advantages. Inspired by a stay in Germany with a producer who had turned his cellar into a magical place like this, Le Parloir – private cellars, opened in October 2017. The founder and president, Sandrine Balthazard, of the Balthazard agency, is at the origin of this brand new concept, the first of its kind.

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18 July 2018

All you need to know about compressor-powered wine cellaring cooling systems – Part 1

by Alfred

Nowadays, the vast majority of wine enthusiasts control the temperature of their wine cellar with the help of a compressor-powered cooling system. The same mechanism is used at a smaller scale in various smaller version of wine cellars that are very close to simply being miniature fridges purposely designed for wine storage. No matter the size, the materials, the precision or the power of these various alternatives, they all share a common aspect that powers each and every one of these: the compression of a gas.

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6 July 2018

Grand Award 2018 : interview with Ian Purtell

by Alfred

Last week, we all learned the wonderful news that the Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire located in Beloeil had just earned the very prestigious Grand Award prize awarded by Wine Spectator. This restaurant is the unique laureate in Québec, with only 91 restaurants worldwide that have been decorated with this wonderful award! Alfred, as…

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20 June 2018

Dean Foote, the Bad Boy of winemakers

by Guy Doucet

In the desert of California, 150 km in the north east of San Diego and at less than 100km from Palm Spring, lies a beautiful wine region named Temecula. Unknown to most in Quebec, this region produces excellent wines with strong character in a very warm environment. For this visit in this magnificent terroir, we were looking for the producer that had a unique story to tell; this story was unearthed in the smallest vineyard of the region, Foot & Path, a fully organic vineyard producing 400 crates of red wine yearly.

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13 June 2018

Excellent bubbles in Belgium!

by Pasquale Charland

The adventure started 15 years ago, in 2002; at first, 2 ha and now… 28 ha. Built on the association of a wine negotiator, a farmer, a winemaker from Champagne (Thierry Gobillard) and two entrepreneurs from the region, Ruffus established its domain in Belgium, but close to France to benefit from the same favorable conditions and climate found in Champagne.

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