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19 December 2019

Domaine Roux

by Pasquale Charland

Established in the beautiful little village of Saint-Aubin, Côte d’Or, Burgundy, the family has been growing vines since 1885. First of all, Louis Roux bought the first plot. His grandson Marcel, born in 1927, will play a major role in the development of the estate and will increase the area up to 25 ha in Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and Santeney. He is also the one who will push the marketing and the influence of the appellation Saint-Aubin everywhere in the world. Marcel’s three sons will join him later and create the Maison Roux.

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12 December 2019

Diseases and parasites

by Sébastien Légasse

The management of vine pests and diseases is always relevant, in a context of widespread motivation for a conversion to organic agriculture. It must be understood that not all vineyards are submitted to the same conditions to be certified organic. The presence of animals, insects and other diseases are the daily life of winegrowers; all this management  occurs before they even have grapes at maturity. These problems can lead to a decrease in grape production which inevitably affects grape quality.  

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12 December 2019

A gin that tastes the sun

by Baptiste Gissinger

When opening the Maison Livernois, in May I knew we would have to be ready for a great terrace season. So I built our first Gin with just that in mind. I knew our terrace would be filled with tourists spending their day walking the city under the sun. The beauty of creating a spirit for a specific occasion or moment allows you to imagine a drink and create from there. I imagined a tall glass full of ice with lemon slices and cold sparkling water. 

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12 December 2019

Quinta das Arcas Vinho Verde

by Pasquale Charland

In my visit of last September and October among the vineyards of the beautiful Vinho Verde region, there were plenty of these beautiful and unforgettable encounters. A stop at Quinta das Arcas was one, a family business founded in 1985 by Antonio Monteiro. Today, the company mainly focuses on producing fine wines in the region of Vinho Verde and Alentejo.

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10 December 2019

Private Edition – Glenmorangie ALLTA

by Marie-Eve Beaudoin

In the upcoming days, if it is not already the case, the SAQ will sell the 10th edition of the “Private Edition” series of Glenmorangie called ALLTA. Each of the 10 products created by the “Director of Whiskey Creation” Dr. Bill Lumsden, is a discovery of a Scotch whisky manufacturing element.

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5 December 2019

Bubbles

by Sébastien Légasse

Despite its international reputation for quality, champagne is not the only one using this method to make bubbles. The Champagne specifications, which determine the requirements from the vine to the bottle, are one of the most rigorous, but the price is also higher. Other products using the Champagne method include Crémant, Italian Franciacorta and Spanish Cava. In all these cases, a second fermentation takes place in the bottle to obtain the sparkling effect. The variations are therefore to be found in the choice of grape varieties and the aging duration. Sometimes we find a cuvee that, for a much lower price, offers impeccable quality and complex aromas of bread and pastry, comparable to many high-end champagnes. However, the champagne vintages offers us products of a very high quality, giving us assured happiness!

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5 December 2019

Plantation Rums

by Baptiste Gissinger

The Quebec Rum Club was launched some five years ago with a bunch of friends without any other intention other than discussing all things rum and educating fans around Quebec. Without even knowing it, we had just created the first Rum Club in Canada and have now become the largest rum platform in Canada with over 10000 people reached. This led us to meet some of the most prolific rum distillers and blenders. 

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5 December 2019

The Bollinger Champagne domain

by Pasquale Charland

We are in December, the snow is everywhere already and it feels like winter more than the fall. Who says winter says… Christmas and the new year, which is just around the corner. This beautiful period of festivities requires good preparation. A Great opportunity to add sparkling wines to our holiday menu.This time, we are talking about champagne, this divine nectar! On my last trip that brought me there last May, I toured the most important and prestigious domains. Yes, champagne is a beverage often drank for special occasions, but drinking less often is perfectly fine when enjoying excellent products.

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3 December 2019

Introduction to champagne

by Sébastien Légasse

Making a sparkling wine requires a grape with different characteristics than the one required to make a still wine. It must be less sweet and it has to have a high level of acidity. To achieve this, you will understand that cooler climates is what is mostly aimed for and also by not waiting for the berries to reach full maturity. A grape must have a slow maturation process in order to develop its aromas and a cool climate allows precisely this process to happen, which would not be as efficient in a warm climate. Red grape varieties are used without issues, but skin contact with the juice is minimized so as not to add color or tannins.  There are seven authorized varietals, but Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier account for 99.7% of the total production.  

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3 December 2019

Italian Amaro

by Baptiste Gissinger

My family being scattered all over the world, we reunite once a year for one week in a different country each time. This time, it was Italy. Growing in the French Alps, I used to spend most of my free time between France, Switzerland and Northern Italy, but the south was a first for me. Coming from a very epicurean family, our first day was spent piling up huge amounts of food and all kind of alcohol through local markets, butchers, cheese makers and wineries. Unfortunately for me, most of the distilleries of interest are located in the northern part of Italy, but I still ransacked local liquor stores talking my way through with a mix of Buongiorno, English, Spanish, French and Grazie Mille! 

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30 November 2019

Cabernet Traveler

by Hugo Duchesne

On Wednesday October 23rd 2019, Le Coureur des Bois hosted one of the most sublime thematic tastings in the wine world. To this end, the renowned Californian estate Robert Mondavi was in Beloeil with the aim of bringing to life a sequence of wines that will long be remembered by some thirty passionate enthusiasts of the Quebec industry.  Welcome to To-Kalon on the road, a tasting hosted by Mark de Vere, Master of Wine and Commercial Director of Robert Mondavi for over 20 years, whose noble mission was to highlight the To-Kalon vineyard, the most famous parcel in Oakville, a sub-region in the Napa Valley, and by the same token, to initiate an anonymous tasting of Mondavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon compared to the best Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world. Quite the program!

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28 November 2019

Trend in wine consumption

by Sébastien Légasse

We know that wine consumption is gaining ground in Quebec, with an increase of nearly 40% over the past 15 years according to Statistics Canada, and the province is in first place in terms of market share of wine sales. The average annual growth rate of total wine sales over the past 10 years has been of 4.2% in Canada. But what about France? Here is a brief portrait of the evolution since 2000 in France, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOV).

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