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1 January 2019

Château de Beaucastel

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Located in the northern side of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the Château de Beaucastel domain is one of the flagship wineries of the region. In Beaucastel, the soils are mostly composed of shingle, with lime and rocky elements that add to the maturity of the grapes which allows for the production of rich and voluminous wines. By always respecting its environment, the domain has converted to biological agriculture since the 1960’s. All the vine work is done manually and all the chemical products are replaced by natural elements that originate exclusively from the domain’s ecosystem. The character of each varietal is respected; with each being vinified separately and then assembled together to fully express the vintage.

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18 December 2018

11 Scotch whiskies to offer as a gift

by Eric Van Hove

11 scotch whiskies to answer “the” question of the hour: “I am looking for a special Christmas gift for my best friend, what are your suggestions?” You are looking for the perfect gift for a special person, not something common that is usually tasted; what we’re looking for here is something rare or exclusive. In the province of Quebec, three options are available: Passion Whisky Québec, Alfred.vin, and the SAQ.

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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! Wine: 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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