Tag Archives: Montreal

• Oh no! Rare $50,000 bottle of scotch stolen from Montreal store

Oh no! Rare $50,000 bottle of scotch stolen from Montreal store

A thief pulled off some whiskey business by stealing a bottle valued at $50,000, the last of its kind in Canada, from a Montreal liquor store Thursday. The bottle of 1962 Balvenie scotch was the most expensive product in the store. Only 88 bottles were ever made. In an interview with QMI Agency’s sister newspaper […]

• Coffee vs. beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

Coffee vs. beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

I didn’t know what I was going to write about today. When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no one’s been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage, which also means, no coffee. So instead, I grabbed […]

• Oui, Virginie, time to take a road trip on Quebec’s wine route

Oui, Virginie, time to take a road trip on Quebec’s wine route

Thirty years ago, no one in la belle province would have imagined that its wines would one day be coveted by Hollywood stars the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow. Back then, wine in Quebec was considered unpalatable or, at best, mediocre. Indeed, Bill Zacharkiw, sommelier, restaurant owner, and wine columnist for the Montreal Gazette, once consigned […]

• Pic: Dave Grohl Pours Beer For Fan During Concert

Pic: Dave Grohl Pours Beer For Fan During Concert

During a recent Foo Fighters show in Montreal, band frontman Dave Grohl noticed that the beer level in an audience member’s cup was running dangerously low. Grohl, not one to allow his fans to go thirsty, popped a can of Coors Light and poured one in for the lucky concert-goer.

• Tomato wine thriving in Canada

Tomato wine thriving in Canada

Quebec-based farmer Pascal Miche is enjoying thriving sales of his Omerto tomato wine in Canada, crafted from a secret family recipe. According to AFP, the former butcher has sold over 65,000 bottles of tomato wine since launching it onto the Canadian market two years ago. Miche makes the wine from 6,200 tomato plants on his […]

• Quebec wineries basking in warm, dry summer weather

Quebec wineries basking in warm, dry summer weather

Simon Naud’s family farm has seen some tough times but now, in a happy by-product of climate change, his winery in the Eastern Townships is having another bountiful year. Quebec wines in general are expecting another strong crop yield because of the warmer and drier summer, he said. For the third straight year the wines […]

• Crafty: Montreal’s craft beer scene

Crafty: Montreal’s craft beer scene

Second-largest city in Canada is heart of our neighbor’s brewing revolution. There’s something about Montreal. Maybe it’s the city’s bilingualism. Maybe it’s the multiculturalism. Maybe it’s the infusion of youthful energy that stems from having the highest concentration of college students in North America. It’s hard to peg, but there’s something different about Canada’s second-largest […]

• Barrel-aged beer comes of age in Quebec

Barrel-aged beer comes of age in Quebec

On the short list of things that get better with age, beer is not generally included. But with all the talk of oak-aging, vintages and grand crus in the brewery scene these days, it’s starting to sound a lot like wine or whisky. Beer that’s designed to be aged – whether for months in bourbon […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Baldwin Barmacie in Montreal

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Baldwin Barmacie in Montreal

OMG. Everyone’s looking at me, young eyes pierce the veil of creeping decrepitude. Is she lost? Is there an all points bulletin for a woman who likes to wander into bars to get away from her local Final Sunset Home? Ok. I exaggerate but it’s painfully obvious I’m the oldest person in the room. Seriously, […]

• Drive to loosen Canada’s insane wine shipping barriers

Drive to loosen Canada’s insane wine shipping barriers

Allan Schmidt remembers it as the height of absurdity. About a year ago, he had two groups in at his Vineland Estates Winery shop. They liked what they’d tasted. They wanted to know how to get more of it. The first shock was the bottles were only available at the winery and not the LCBO. […]

• Vodka tasters say smoothness over flavor when comparing brands

Vodka tasters say smoothness over flavor when comparing brands

“Something funny happened after I wrote my article on the new generation of Montreal bartenders last summer: booze companies figured I was now delving into the world of hard alcohol. Samples started arriving, and I soon had more hard alcohol than I knew what to do with. I do love Scotch and eau-de-vie like grappa, […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” La Distillerie in Montreal

“a woman walks into a bar…” La Distillerie in Montreal

Montreal. Le Plateau. Teeming street scene. Finally, the weather’s warmed up and that, to Montrealers, is the signal to eat and drink outside. Every bar and restaurant has a front wall that folds like an accordion and tables and chairs are whisked to the sidewalk. Except my destination, La Distillerie that’s still enclosed. No matter. […]

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• The Beer Frontier: Sipping craft through Quebec’s rose-tinted glasses

The Beer Frontier: Sipping craft through Quebec’s rose-tinted glasses

And on the third day of Summer Beer Week — another Weiss. I wasn’t kidding on Monday when I said I thought the style was on the edge of tipping over and going mainstream in Canada. That said, Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’Hibiscus has about as much in common with Muskoka’s Summer Weiss (a […]

• Why We Love Montreal: Montréal en Lumière festival all women wine producers & chefs

Why We Love Montreal: Montréal en Lumière festival all women wine producers & chefs

That time of year is fast approaching that many food-obsessed Montrealers wait for: the Montréal en Lumière festival. The 2011 edition of the festival will be held from February 17th to the 27th, and the schedule is out, which means that you had better make your plans fast and book now! Anne-Sophie Pic will be […]

• Modern Greek Wines

Modern Greek Wines

A tour of Greek wineries proves that the country has moved well beyond Retsina. “Modern Greek wines are terrific! They couldn’t be further from the taverna plonk that still floods the (non-Greek) collective imagination, a connection that’s as hard for the country to shake as those resilient straw-covered Chianti flasks are for Italy. I recently […]