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Natural wine

Virtually unknown not so long ago, natural wines have found their way into Quebecers’ hearts. What’s behind the rising popularity of these wines without additives?

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Varietals

You probably know Cabernet and Sauvignon, but what about Savagnin and Tannat? Dive into the wide world of grape varieties and expand your horizons. 

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Wine growing regions

Need a little escape? Explore the most beautiful wine regions and discover their climate, main grape varieties, typical dishes and more.

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  1. wine harvest
    Profiles

    Celebrating the wine harvest

    Wine harvesting time: when vines give up their bounty, and the work of winemaking begins. Throughout the year, wine growers carefully care for and monitor their grapes, and now the time has come for fruit to become the celebrated elixir that is wine.

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  2. washington wines
    Profiles

    Discovering Washington

    Washington is the second-largest wine-growing state in the United States. With over 1,000 vineyards and 70 grapes varieties, the wine industry has exploded in recent decades.

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  3. Vineyards from coast to coast
    Profiles

    Vineyards from coast to coast

    From Vancouver Island to the Bay of Fundy, Canada now has nearly 700 wine producers, many of whom have gained notoriety that extends beyond our borders. Here is a quick overview of what can be found there in the provinces that host the largest areas of planted vines.

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  4. The secret is in the vine
    Production methods

    The secret is in the vine

    Winegrowers will tell you that a wine is made on the vine. The care that is lavished on a vine and the time its fruit are harvested have a direct impact on the finished product’s quality. Take advantage of National Wine Day to unlock the mysteries of wine making.

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  5. Val de Loire Charmingly French!
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    Val de Loire Charmingly French!

    Elegant chateaux and historic villages, welcoming temperatures of valleys and plains... the Val de Loire is a treasure trove of happiness from diverse wine discoveries to classic French charm.

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  6. Cocktail made with bourbon
    Tasting and service

    Bourbon: Neat or in a cocktail!

    Bourbon 101: a snapshot of a spirit that's gaining fans.

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  7. Patagonia: the spirit of newness
    Profiles

    Patagonia: the spirit of newness

    From the Andes Mountains to the Patagonian plains, the country and its winemaking are constantly pushing the limits and diversifying styles – a definite asset for South America’s main wine producer.

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  8. whiskys
    Tasting and service

    Getting to know whisky

    Want an intro to whisky? The ITHQ, in conjunction with the SAQ, has two workshops you’ll want to check out!

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  9. Région sud de Bordeaux
    Interviews

    Producer portrait: Elian da Ros

    Elian Da Ros is the most original, congenial representative of this delicious designation in France’s southwest.

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  10. Pleasurable port
    Pairings and Taste Tags

    Pleasurable port

    Whether sipped while stargazing near the campfire, or shared with friends and family while eating together, Port is always a pleasure to drink.

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  11. Differences : screw caps and corks
    Production methods

    Differences : screw caps and corks

    The fight over wine corks versus screw caps has spilt a lot of blood in the wine industry. Why have screw caps been such a big success? Do corks still have a future?

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  12. The perfect pairing
    Pairings and Taste Tags

    The perfect pairing

    Friends have arrived, and generously brought wines and beer to share. To best savour your bottles, here is our guide for perfect pairings all meal long.

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