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10 October 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, October 10th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, our head sommelier, Sébastien Légasse, offers you his usual three Thursday wines! Made with a blend of Portuguese white grape varieties, discover a gourmet and rich Quinta Da Rede 2016 to enjoy with a veal blanquette. Then, in the spirit of fall, Sébastien suggests a Puech-Noble with a purplish color and a perfect balance between ripe fruits and a sweet alcohol touch! Finally, he makes way for a fabulous Clos des Quarts 2016; its wonderful history will naturally be felt in the palate with aromas of freshly-cut grass and fresh butter.

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3 October 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, October 3rd 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

For the beginning of October, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three European wines. For the first wine, we are headed for Austria and its incomparable Rainer Wess 2017 vintage. This unique white wine, with a very special signature that combines purity and the distinctive expression of Riesling,  will perfectly match your sauerkraut! Afterwards, we are headed south towards the Spanish heat with a powerful, muscular, but above all expressive Frontonio Telescopico. Filled with authenticity, this 100% Grenache will seduce your fine palate. Finally, Sébastien offers you an incomparable French red wine: a Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru of 2015. From your first sip, you will feel the meticulous work that makes the quality of this cuvée. Rediscover an intense color combined with a floral nose and a dominant raspberry taste… Simply exceptional! 

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1 October 2019

Pascal Marchand, winemaker

by Pasquale Charland

Pascal Marchand is this hearty and passionate Quebec-born man with a wonderful and inspiring personality that managed to make his dream a reality. As an aspiring poet, he ends his literature studies in the 1980’s and decides, like many other of his generation, to leave his home province to participate in harvests. He chose Burgundy and, rapidly, he fell in love with the region; he never returned from his trip.

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26 September 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 26th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three wines of character. First of all, discover Malagusia, a Mediterranean white varietal grown in a vineyard where 24 different grape varietals are harvested, that has a strong presence on the nose and in the palate! Then, discover a Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2017 made with up to 73% of Zinfandel; this magnificent red wine is the perfect opportunity to combine it with ribs, happiness guaranteed! Finally, Sébastien ends his weekly selection with a beautiful Clos des Mouches 2016, certainly still in its youth, but brilliant, like its ruby color and its incredible cellaring potential. A wine that should be left dormant in your cellar for many more years to come!

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24 September 2019

For a profesionnal wine & spirits inventory management solution

by Guy Doucet

During the early development work at Intelligent Cellars, we questioned ourselves on the methods and techniques that could allow us to establish a reliable wine cellar inventory that could be kept up-to-date easily, for the wine enthusiast and the restaurant professional alike. I remember a discussion between my colleague and friend Éric Lalonde and myself where we listed the professional criteria and techniques required by our personnel, alongside the tools and data that had to be available to them, in order to offer a professional solution.

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19 September 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 19th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

Just like every Thursday, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three wines. This week, white wines are at the forefront of his selection, especially with an amazing 2017 Burgundy Chardonnay. Until now, this wine was only available as a private import… Needless to enumerate all of the great qualities it possesses: pale gold color, buttered taste and divine associations! The second white wine of the week, a Telmo Rodriguez from 2015 made from 100% Muscat, is close to being simply exceptional. Combine it with tapas to immerse yourself in the spirit of Spain. Finally, Sébastien has opted to end his selection on a red note with a magnificent Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo. A single sip is enough for this Italian wine to conquer your taste buds! Note the potential for evolution that will have to be monitored. 

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17 September 2019

Domaines Albert Bichot

by Pasquale Charland

Albert Bichot’s name does not require any presentation. This famous family is known worldwide for its six exceptional domains in Burgundy, located from the north to the south of the region.

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13 September 2019

Giuseppe Quintarelli, a history of family and values

by Guy Doucet

Sébastien Légasse made us discover this week an extraordinary wine, the Primofiore 2016 from the Giuseppe Quintarelli estate.  It is with their sublime Amarone that the Quintarelli estate will finally be appreciated to its true value in the four corners of the world. In less than a moment, I am back immersed in my memories of that wonderful day spent with family members. 

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12 September 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 12th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three Italian wines! First of all, an IGP Lazio white wine is suggested, with an expressive orchard that will make it your best table companion for crab cakes. Afterwards, leaving the Lazio region, Sébastien brings us in Tuscany for a 2010 red wine from the Poggio Verrano estate. This wine, combining aromas of dried black fruits and a roasted scent will undoubtedly seduce your palate. Finally, Sébastien finishes his weekly selection with a 2016 Primofiore from the Verona region! This cuvée, with its various blends, will be the perfect companion to traditional duck pappardelles with mushrooms! 

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10 September 2019

Visiting a distillery in the province of Quebec

by Eric Van Hove

You see it everywhere on the news, on Facebook or you hear it through your friends that many distilleries are currently opening all around the province. Is it possible to visit them? Should we visit them? For us, whisky enthusiasts, it is important to specify that not all distilleries are currently producing whisky. To survive, the distilleries must find sources of revenues after they open their doors

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5 September 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 5th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

In this first week of September, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his three wines, all from France! The first wine on the list is a charming 2017 red wine from the Domaine Chamonard with floral aromas and strong tannins. Secondly, still in France, let us head to the Val-de-Loire in Bourgueil for this beautiful organic wine of thirst will be the perfect match for the happy hour with good friends. Finally, let us head south to Languedoc-Roussillon and its Gayda, a cuvee that will make you feel the strong history of this wine immediately after the first sip. 

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29 August 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, August 29th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

For this last week of August, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three European wines! For the first wine, a Rioja Alta that will charm you with its spices and complexity on the palate; enjoy it with your favorite red meat for even more pleasure! Then, a visit to Provence is in order, with a white wine from the Les Becs Finaux cuvee with citrus and fruity aromas. Finally, for the third product, the south is once again visited, but this time under the Sicilian sun with a Terre Siciliane blessed with a strong character that breathes freshness and sunshine!

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