If the groundhog and his shadow are the kick-off to spring, then the shelves full of rosés at the SAQ are definitely a sign that summer is just around the corner! Now’s the time to enjoy a refreshing glass of rosé on your terrace, while the sun shines bright in the sky!

When we think of rosés, we immediately think of our French cousins’ wine, especially those hailing from Provence, the rosé capital of the world. But did you know that Quebec vineyards produce some rosés that are just as excellent? Quebec rosés have seen an increase in popularity these past few years, so much so, in fact, that our vineyards have had to increase their production just to keep up with the overwhelming demand!

According to Yvan Quirion, Domaine St-Jacques wine producer, rosé wine is currently the product enjoying the biggest growth in production (close to 40%) in certified vineyards across Quebec.

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Yvan Quirion, Domaine St-Jacques producer, with the Domaine’s oenologist, Simon Gauthier.

“Without a doubt, rosés from Quebec are gaining in popularity throughout the province,” states Yvan Quirion. “In fact, there has been a noticeable rise in the popularity of light rosés, which resemble the more traditional Provence rosés." However, it must be pointed out that these ‘light rosés’ do not automatically rhyme with ‘dry and acidulous wine’, just as darker rosés do not necessarily translate into higher amounts of residual sugar. The dry rosé from Domaine St-Jacques is a good example of this!

Quebec vineyards are increasingly launching themselves into the production of rosé, which means there are loads of good wines to discover this summer. Here are a few of La Belle Province’s must-try bottles!

Domaine St-Jacques Rosé

With its intense cherry red robe, this rosé will definitely surprise (and delight) you! Far from being a sweet wine, this dry rosé boasts aromas of red berries, with subtle floral undertones. Traditional rosé lovers will be seduced by its fresh taste and supple finish. Versatile, it pairs beautifully with grilled dishes, pasta with rosé sauce, salads and pink-fleshed fish, such as a delicious salmon filet grilled on the BBQ!

Keep your eyes peeled for the other Quebec rosés offered at the SAQ, especially with the warm weather just around the corner! Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover our province’s rosé wines and enjoy them all summer long. Share your favourites on social media!