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The spirit of knowing

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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?

Different wine grapesDifferent wine grapes


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


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. Champagne demystified
    Tasting and service

    Champagne demystified

    People say a lot of things about champagne. What’s true and what’s false? Let’s debunk some of the most common myths when it comes to this bubbly elixir!

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  2. Smoky notes - Mezcal
    Production methods

    Smoky notes

    Wine, whisky, mescal, even beer can have smoky notes, which pair marvellously with similarly smoky foods. Subtle or intense, smoky notes can come from various sources — all related to how the item or product was made.

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  3. Tequila: Mexico’s signature spirit!

    Tequila: Mexico’s signature spirit!

    Tequila exists in a few variations—but all of them are made using the agave plant. Read on, and learn about this oft-misunderstood libation.

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  4. Entre Pierre et Terre vineyard

    Entre Pierre et Terre

    For Loïc Chanut and Michelle Boyer, it was love at first sight... with their vineyard! Ever since, Quebec, too, has fallen in love with this duo and their products!

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  5. Visiting vineyards in the Okanagan

    Visiting vineyards in the Okanagan

    Are you a fan of both wine and vacationing? Then take a break from your routine by visiting the Okanagan Valley!

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Région sud de Bordeaux

    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. 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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  11. Patagonia: the spirit of newness

    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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  12. The Bolgheri Castagneto winery, in Tuscany’s Maremma region.

    Bolgheri & Maremma: Bordeaux in Tuscany

    Long considered too hot for wine production, the Maremma region is today home to the Super Tuscans. The secret of their success? Bordeaux grape varieties, a bit better acclimatized to slightly warmer maritime conditions.

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