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9 November 2018

Are you a “responsible” drinker?

by Alfred

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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9 October 2018

Who says fall, says Gamay!

by Pascale Lemieux

We can say that fall makes place for the cold, but it is also a fantastic season for wine enthusiasts and foodies alike. For me, the long walks in the forest to perceive the scents of humid soil, mushrooms, flowers, fruits and spices is synonymous with the arrival of this season. Nature also offers us a spectacle of colors. During the last stage of development of the leaf, which can be compared to the robe of an aging red wine, it transforms. It goes from a red garnet color, to a “tawny” color and, finally, to a brown color before falling to the ground. Instinctively, fall also brings us to cook in a different way, by prioritizing comforting food that pairs well with the ambiance. Wines elaborated from the Gamay varietal are the perfect companions for discussions around a good meal, eagerly waiting for winter to begin.

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2 October 2018

Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire – Wine:Petrus 1994

by Alfred

The wine experience of the Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire is a reunion of many different elements. An internationally renowned wine cellar, a diversified selection of wine by the glass, exceptional food and wine pairings, unique events and a team of passionate and expert sommeliers. Once per month, 24 guests are invited to partake in a unique experience for the Winemaker Diner. During these events, a famous wine personality is asked to present wine pairings specially adapted to a seven services menu prepared by the restaurant’s chef for this occasion. Gastronomy, discussions and friendliness await!

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25 September 2018

Indigenous grape varietals of the Alpine region

by Pascale Lemieux

If I mention: “Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Grigio”, we all have references that immediately are brought up for those grape varietals, or souvenirs and preferences associated with tasting of wines elaborated with these varietals, depending on their region of origin. As an example, from a Shiraz (originating from South Australia, in Barossa Valley), it is awaited that a strong expressiveness of the fruit and powerful style will be the main characteristics of the product; but what about these varietals that are identified as “indigenous” on the current wine market? What can we expect from these wines and how can we find the best products that have eluded us all these years? In light of these questions, I propose you a trip through the vineyards of the Alps and its lesser-known regions. I hope that this will allow you to discover a large selection of wines produced with indigenous grape varietals that usually offer experiences that are quite different than the usual and, ultimately, more traditional grapes. By discovering these new products, the curiosity of even the finest palates amongst the wine enthusiasts in your wine tastings will be fulfilled – Let’s get discovering!

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18 September 2018

Whisky : an investment or an expense?

by Eric Van Hove

The record breaking sale of two 1926 Macallan bottles for 1.1 and 1.3 million dollars leaves no doubt: the whisky contained in the bottle certainly is not worth this much money.* With the constant demand for Scotland’s whisky (scotch) and Japanese whisky, the speculative investment based on rarity and singularity of the product has taken the market by storm, which has not necessarily pleased amateurs of whisky as they would rather just be able to experience the tasting all these wonderful products.

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11 September 2018

Vinopera at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

by Alfred

Two passionate wine lovers, Laurence Féraud, winemaker at Domaine du Pegau, and Michel Granier, sommelier and wine merchant, put their skills, ideas, and music together to open, in the very famous village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a unique place.

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4 September 2018

Le Parloir : a concept to discover!

by Alfred

Alfred is proud to present an outstanding partner. Newly installed in Montreal, Le Parloir offers the wine enthusiasts various advantages. Inspired by a stay in Germany with a producer who had turned his cellar into a magical place like this, Le Parloir – private cellars, opened in October 2017. The founder and president, Sandrine Balthazard, of the Balthazard agency, is at the origin of this brand new concept, the first of its kind.

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