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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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22 August 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, August 22th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his usual three wines. Discover a delicate rosé Côte de Provence that will bring you under the sun of the south of France at happy hour time. Sébastien then takes you to Argentina and recommends a red wine with aromas of raspberries, blackberries and violets that will be the perfect companion to a salmon steak and grilled meats! Back to France, and more precisely to Burgundy, for the last wine! A red wine produced on the land of Maison Champy’s producer is suggested, the proud owner of 21 hectares of exceptional plots in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.

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20 August 2019

Welcome Erick Audet in our Celliers Intelligents direction team

by Guy Doucet

We would like to welcome Erick Audet in our Celliers Intelligents direction team as our new CTO. With the rapid development on the Canadian market of our Alfred Pro platform, we are proud to announce the nomination of M. Erick Audet, M. SC as the new Chief Technology Officer for our organisation.

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15 August 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, August 15th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

Returning from a well-deserved break, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his usual three wines! First of all, a German wine with strong traditions from the Rheinhessen region is suggested. Then, discover a Rioja with a superb cherry red color that will perfectly pair with a beef filet mignon! Finally, Sébastien offers you a sublime French wine from the Jura region; the smell of fresh hazelnuts and orchard fruits will make you feel all the unique know-how of this Arbois!

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13 August 2019

Curiosity, rarity and accessibility: a different Portugal, by Antonio Maçanita

by Sophie Lamontagne

Working in a restaurant blessed with a cellar that won the Grand Award of Excellence of the Wine Spectator magazine is an out of the ordinary experience. Everyday, you are faced with situations such as climbing over a Carré d’As to retrieve another extremely prestigious bottle (such a hard life!). The best words to describe this reality brought by the Grand Award are not my own, but are from one of my colleagues: rarity, curiosity and accessibility. These three words also adequately describe Antonio Maçanita, a Portugal producer, by upholding his unique products, a selection of wine that the Coureur des Bois is proud to offer to its customers.

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23 July 2019

Five things to know about scotch whisky

by Eric Van Hove

It is summer and many of you are currently enjoying some much needed vacation time. You will perhaps read this blog in your swimsuit, a glass in your hand, with your friends on your deck. Here are a few subjects to discuss with your guests.

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