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26 March 2019

Has the single malt whisky reached a crossroad?

by Eric Van Hove

The consumption of single malt whisky has been on the rise for over ten years now. It is the rediscovery of the Occidental consumers for the scotch whisky but mostly the discovery of this very high quality product by the Oriental regions that has increased the overall demand. Has the single malt whisky reached a crossroad?

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19 March 2019

Grappa by Poli

by Pascale Lemieux

The Poli distillery produces liquors, spirits and eaux-de-vie made with fruit, but their top product is uncontestably the Grappa. The distillery and the Poli museum can both be visited in the same area, in Bassano del Grappa in Veneto, in the north of Italy, a historical location for the production of Grappa. Even if the distillery was founded in 1898, the artisanal origins of the Poli family date back to the 1400’s. It is quite evident that the Poli family has built itself a world renowned reputation with its exceptional products, its unique signature passed on from generation to generation and by the importance of always honoring the brand based on family values for many centuries.

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12 March 2019

Quebec-native winemakers abroad

by Pascale Lemieux

It is not rare to see more and more winemakers leave their home countries to pursue their passion. This week, my goal is to make you discover products from the “Ancient World” produced by talented Quebec-native winemakers. They have managed to conquer the market through hard work and dedication which allows them to have their products sold everywhere around the world, but also closer to your, in the “Espace Cellier” of the SAQ. Here are few suggestions to discover, if you have not already tried them.

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5 March 2019

A new facet of Oregon: Evening Land Winery

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

The fine wines of Burgundy have always been a reference in the world for having charmed all of those who had the opportunity to discover them. Rajat Parr, a legend of the industry, has developed a particular affinity to these exceptional nectars. Renowned for his knowledge and his prowess in tastings, he inherits his expertise from, amongst other sources, his large network of winemakers. Now at the head of the Domaine de la Côte, of Sandhi Wines and of the Evening Land’s Seven Springs Vineyard in Oregon, he works symbiotically with his partner Sashi Moorman. With the unique style and terroir expression, the wines produced by the Evening Land Winery are reminiscent of the same essence that characterizes the fine wines of Burgundy.

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26 February 2019

These wines voluntarily decommissioned

by Pascale Lemieux

The AOC label was created in France following the First World War, a period defined by a lowering of the quality of the wines. The Arbois vineyards were the first in the country to have obtained the AOC classification in 1936. Today, most of wine-producing regions of France are matched with an AOC to which winemakers must respect the numerous conditions to be certified: a geographical area and a dedicated parcel area, a specific varietal set, the administration of the vineyard, the production, etc. Through time, the conditions have grown more and more restrictive, which sparked a trend of winemakers exiting the AOC to ensure that they can produce exceptional wines that remain representative of their region.

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19 February 2019

A Never-ending Bottle of Whisky : How does it Work?

by Eric Van Hove

This concept is referred to as the “infinity bottle”, the “living bottle” or the “solera bottle”. The basis is quite simple: starting with an empty bottle, add one or two ounces of all the bottles of the whiskies tasted throughout the years.

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12 February 2019

The cold weather and its great remedies: Cognac or Armagnac?

by Pascale Lemieux

This time of the year has finally taken over completely. For the residents of the province of Quebec that do not flee to the southern regions to escape this rigorous winter weather, there exists a large selection of activities that are suitable to fully embrace and, ultimately, enjoy all that this cold season has to offer. What is better than, after a long spent outside, sipping a glass of eau-de-vie in front of the fireplace? In the category of eau-de-vie made from grapes, the cognac and the armagnac, two beverages made in France, stand out. Here are a few tips on how to differentiate them and how to find your way through the various domains, legislations and aging indicators.

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5 February 2019

A drinkable light! — Château d’Yquem

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

There are some of these wines on the market that are our everyday partners: the ones that we choose on a weeknight, without any pretension, that we share with our beloved people in pleasure and ease. Then, there are special wines. The ones that, by their tasting only, mark your memory as much as the imaginary. The names of great red wines are probably crossing your mind to this idea. However, beyond the Cros Parantoux and Petrus of this world, beyond all these Cabernets and Syrah, and despite the wish to have a dry and structured wine, all will agree on the greatness of a liquorous: Yquem.

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29 January 2019

All there is to know about Sherry

by Pascale Lemieux

One of the oldest wines in the world gets its name from its region of origin in the south of Andalusia: Jerez in Spain. Its Spanish name, “Jerez”, is translated in the international business language to “Sherry” or also “Xeres” in French. In all these cases, these different terms are all referring to the same wine. The Sherry wines originate from more than 3000 years ago, whereas their exportation started during the Roman Empire. This type of wine owes its complexity to its aging technique named “soleà” traditionally used in Spain.

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23 January 2019

Éduardo Chadwick and his wines

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Éduardo Chadwick is president of Vina Errazuriz, one of the most influential groups of the South American wine industry based in Chile. Errazuriz encompasses prestigious brands such as Don Maximiano, Kaï and La Cumbre. The Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire had the pleasure to welcome Éduardo Chadwick during a winemaker’s dinner in October 2015, and January 23rdwill mark the 15thanniversary of the “Dégustation de Berlin”: this is why we will offer the Sena wine by the glass for the occasion!

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22 January 2019

The Whiskies in the world of cinema

by Eric Van Hove

There are several films in which known whiskeys appear and, in some cases, it is just for realism. On the other hand, it is mostly for product placement: a whiskey put forward in a film or series in exchange for compensation. Whiskeys may only appear in the background in a bar, but we especially notice those that are manipulated by the actors. There are also closer collaborations between the world of film and whiskey to create specific products for a film or series.

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15 January 2019

Sparkling wines for any occasion!

by Pascale Lemieux

My blog this week is a love letter to the sparkling wine enthusiasts, those of you that always keep a sparkling wine bottle ready for any occasion. How can you select the best value sparkling wines? First and foremost, I will detail the different winemaking techniques that are the most notable. Then, we will navigate through a few appellation and mentions to look for on the sparkling wine labels to choose the correct product. Following this, we will explore another way to select products that match your tastes by knowing the different styles of sparkling wines and the varietals used. In conclusion, I will suggest a few products for those with more sugary palates.

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