Tag Archives: SAQ

SAQ goes into Olympic mode: a showcase for Okanagan wines in Quebec (and a podcast of sorts)

The world of sports may contrast the thrill of victory with the agony of defeat, but as far as the Vancouver Olympics are concerned, there are some situations where everybody’s a winner. At least as far as BC wines and Quebec wine lovers are concerned. This Thursday, February 11, some 28 wines from the Okanagan will [...]
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Dan Aykroyd is coming to Montreal. Does his wine taste funny?

If I was in Montreal, I’d be tempted to go. Dan Aykroyd, the famous Canadian actor of Saturday Night Live fame will be touring Montreal, today and tomorrow (June 25 and 26), to present the line of wines that bear his name. He’ll be visiting three SAQ stores (see the list here) over the two [...]
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It's Christmas. Bring out the big bottles – and I mean that literally

I did another one of those fun collaborations with Sharman Yarnell, of Montreal radio station CJAD, this week. The theme was Holiday wine giving, by which she meant: what wine do you buy someone as a gift that will be distinctive and, hopefully, impressive. I made many suggestions, from Alvaro Palacios’ Petalos, a scrumptious Bierzo with [...]
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California Wine all tastes the same? Says who?

Well, finally back to blogging. After an intense weekend at the Wine Bloggers Conference, followed by four full days of running around Sonoma and Napa – and Fairfield, and Berkeley and San Francisco – and then returning to a new position at the newspaper in Quebec City, and mulling over about twenty different potential post [...]
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The great closure debate: Corked wines? What corked wines?

A little while a go, I worte about how Decanter had moved into the debate about corks and screwcaps by siding with the screwy side of the argument. If corked wines are a huge problem – up to 12% of wines are corked, according to some wildly flung statements -, then it is time to [...]
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