Archive for the Canada Category

LCBO vs. SAQ Compared and Contrasted: the bottleDJ take

My fellow blogger, and friendly acquaintance, David Pelletier from has cornered the market in comparing pricing at the two largest liquor monopolies in Canada, Quebec's SAQ and Ontario's LCBO. Those terms are only slightly sexier than the fully expanded Société des Alcools du Québec and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario names. David's head-to-head comparisons have value, and tend to show that when comparing apples to apples on pricing, the LCBO may offer slightly better Read more [...]

USA Vs. Canada Wine Pitched Battle: Château Saint Jean Reserve and Norman Hardie Chardonnay

Château Saint Jean Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma, California, United States   Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada   Following the highly entertaining and bizarrely officiated Canada v. USA Olympic Women's soccer semifinal, I have pitted highly reputed Chardonnays from both countries against each other in rematch. I promise to be no more biased than the FIFA appointed ref Christina Pederson, and not allow my true patriot love effect my judgement Read more [...]

Antolino Brongo Cryomalus Apple Ice Cider 2008, Quebec

The Antolino Brongo Cryomalus is an apple based ice cider. It is made from the juices of autumn harvested apples left to age at air temperature from October to January in the often freezing Quebec winter. That process concentrates the juices as the water evaporates from the air chilled apples – making a concentrated cider that is growing in popularity here in Quebec and elsewhere.   On the nose the smell brings me back to my youth in Quebec's Eastern Townships and the smell of fallen Read more [...]

Casa-Dea 2008 Cabernet Franc, VQA, Prince Edward County, Canada

I am a fan of Prince Edward County, and perhaps in parallel, I am also a bit of a PEC dissident when it comes to “The County.” That sense of dissidence has been emboldened by my very positive experience with the 2008 Cabernet Franc from PEC winery Casa-Dea. So many people want to trumpet the County as a Burgundian clone, turn it into a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay territory because of it's loamy soil. I do like their Pinots and Chards, but if I want a Burgundy red or white, I can usually get better Read more [...]

2011 Blomidon White, Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

The 2011 Blomdion White is my first foray into any maritime Canadian wine, and what great start it is. This is not the type of wine that kicks down doors, it arrives on a silver platter with handwritten note sealed with perfume. At a wispy 10% alcohol I can describe this wine as a Canadian version of Vinho Verde, if you can subtract the light carbonation and replace the aromas and taste with crisp calla lilly. It does deliver the same wonderful refreshing, light yet substantial joy that any good Read more [...]

What is Your Fantasy Canadian Wine?

Brave winemakers have been plying there vocation in vineyards large and (mostly) small in a number of Canadian provinces for quite a while. Only in the last two or three decades has the commercial aspect of the industry started to gain steam. Right now a private members bill being considered in Ottawa would allow much greater shipping from winemakers in Canada to consumers in other provinces.  It got me to thinking, what new opportunities and products will the industry respond with?  Please call Read more [...]
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