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Tag Archives: Quebec

• Craft Beer Pairings for Poutine. Bon Appetit!

Craft Beer Pairings for Poutine. Bon Appetit!

Right up there with key lime pie, cilantro, and olives, poutine is a “you either love it or hate it” kind of dish. Most people, however, seem to fall squarely on the “love it” side of this plate of crispy, hot French fries topped with beef gravy and fresh cheese curds. And while a plate […]

• How modern. Quebecers can now bring back booze from the rest of Canada

How modern. Quebecers can now bring back booze from the rest of Canada

It’s not quite signing the Constitution, but Quebec is joining the rest of the country in an area many people will find just as important. Quebecers will now be legally allowed to bring back alcohol from the rest of Canada for their personal consumption. Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec was the last […]

• 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 […]

• October is almost over but the beer still taps into food

October is almost over but the beer still taps into food

Octoberfest does not just mean getting drunk with people below your station in life. Beer flows in more venues than just giant gardens —Rustic Canyon has managed to consolidate an entire six pack of craft (Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter) beer into their “Black Butte Porter Chocolate Tart.”  That’s right – beer and chocolate – […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• Listen to a higher authority! Break the rules of wine-food pairings

Listen to a higher authority! Break the rules of wine-food pairings

“Much of what passes for wisdom in food-and-wine pairing has always struck me as fishy. I’m talking such classic matchups as red Burgundy with creamy cheese (ghastly), strawberries with Champagne (a waste of the latter) and Thai food with beer (a surefire way to ruin two good things). To question such entrenched standards is to […]

• Alberta whines as Quebec eyes liquor market

Independent wine and spirits wholesalers are angry that Quebec’s state-owned liquor monopoly appears poised to move into the Alberta market. A new arm of the Societe des Alcools du Quebec (SAQ) has already approached Calgary-based Willow Park Wines and Spirits, and Alberta importers see it as the first step in taking over the market, says […]

• O Canada: Quebec liquor board starts global booze business

O Canada: Quebec liquor board starts global booze business

Quebec’s liquor-commission board wants to play a bigger role in the international booze business. It announced Monday that it plans to start a new company that would buy alcohol in bulk on international markets, then distribute to clients both inside and outside Canada. The Societe des Alcools du Quebec will own half the shares in […]

• Study maps how Canadians drink alcohol, eh

Study maps how Canadians drink alcohol, eh

If you’re a bar owner in Saskatchewan you’ll want to stock more of the hard stuff than you would in Quebec, where wine is far more popular. And as a maritime publican, you’ll just want to have a lot. A new study of drinking habits across the country shows a marked difference in the types […]