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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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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. decanting-when-how-why
    Tasting and service

    Decanting: when, how, why

    How much do you really know about decanters, every wine lover's best friend?

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  2. aged wines
    Tasting and service

    Aged wines?

    Drinking an aged wine is a moment for appreciating its history, the work of the artisan who made it and, above all, the incredible alchemy that went into creating its aromas, which when paired with the effects of time work to produce what appears in the glass in your hand. Whether red or white, what is an aged wine?

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  3. Glasse of wine with sediment
    Tasting and service

    Sediment in wine, is this normal?

    Nowadays, we expect wine to be perfectly smooth and crystal clear. As a result, some may be surprised to find gritty, powdery or crystalline deposits when pouring that last delicious glass, or when peering into the bottle itself. Is sediment bad? The gritty truth is: No.

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  4. corkscrew
    Tasting and service

    What Exactly is a Corked Wine?

    The table is set, the glasses shined and all that’s left to do is to open the wine to go with the roast beef that’s been filling your house with mouth-watering aromas all day. You pop the cork and a strange smell wafts out of the bottle. And you know it’s strange because this is a wine you know by heart—one of your very favourites. Your wine is probably corked. But how does this even happen?

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  5. Different types glasses wine
    Tasting and service

    A question of form

    Several factors can affect how we perceive a wine's flavour. Three experts tested the effect of different glasses on taste.

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  6. Glasses of white wine
    Wine cultivation

    Is my wine vegan-friendly?

    Wine can indeed contain animal products—even if it’s only made of fermented grapes. Read on to learn how to tell if your wine reflects your dietary predilections.

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  7. Wine barrels
    Production methods

    The effect of wood on wine

    What is the effect of wood on wine? Should it be noticeable or understated? Here is a bit of background on maturing wine in oak.

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  8. White wine
    Tasting and service

    Shades of white

    Do you know what to look for in a white wine? We’re here to help make things a little clearer.

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  9. Teroldego
    Wine cultivation

    Rare cepages: teroldego

    Essayer de nouveaux cépages, c’est sortir de sa zone de confort – et découvrir des saveurs nouvelles et excitantes. Le teroldego, par exemple…

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  10. Toqué! Restaurant

    Carl Villeneuve-Lepage, sommelier

    Crowned Best Sommelier in Canada last September, Toqué!’s sommelier now aims to conquer the Americas during a competition that will take place in Montreal. Here’s a closer look at the cheerful competitor.

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  11. New Zealand Central Otago

    New Zealand Central Otago

    A beautiful winemaking region to discover!

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  12. people tasting wine in a vineyard
    Tasting and service

    Wine tasting and your state of mind

    Tasting a wine is about more than just putting the glass to your mouth. You have to use both your mind and your senses, along with a meditative thoughtfulness.

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