annoncez-vous sur tremblant express
vin

$15 - $20 - $25…

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
This is officially my first column of 2017 in real time. So I decided, like many of us who make resolutions, to stay simple in a world full of superficial moments. In order to make “loving” wine a reality, we have to remain focused on what’s authentic and unpretentious. The three reds I am introducing on this page today are a perfect match for your daily enjoyment of food and wine.

Continue reading »

Planet Whisky

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
And we turn another page. The year 2016 has been “the year the music died”, from Cohen to Prince and Bowie, with melodies and lyrics that will forever be engraved in our collective memories. As for the 2016 world news and events, it was a rather “Annus horribilis”, so we are leaping into 2017 and I’m hoping this column will help you find that comfort zone in a universe

Continue reading »

Classic and wild!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
As we say goodbye to another autumn, we take a deep breath of fresh air to remind us of what’s ahead. Before the long months of winter embrace our lives, the wine book business will flood us with a multitude of publications: “Wine Guide”, “Buying Guide”, “Wine for Idiots”… and memory fails. From celebrities, top sommeliers and wine columnists, the marketing

Continue reading »

Earth, Wind and Colour!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
This is the time of year when Mother Nature paints her most spectacular canvas, the time of year when Lady Autumn flirts with her cousin Indian Summer. This is also the time of year for full-bodied reds to go side by side with your best “slow cooker” meal! Whether you use the newer technology or an old fashioned Le Creuset, like I do, slow food will make evenings warm and delicious. To

Continue reading »

One candle!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Well, folks, it has been a year already: 12 months of wine tastings, commenting and presenting wines to you. So thank you for reading! For those of you who know me well, for those who had the chance to share a glass or two with me, you all know there are only three countries I consider when it comes to the history of wine, and wines that deserve a place in your cellar: they are France, Italy and Spain.

Continue reading »

Friendly reds

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Norton Privada 2013 (SAQ Code: 00860411 / $23.95)A beautiful red from Argentina made of Malbec 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% and Merlot 30%. Norton is the fourth largest wine producer in Argentina, meaning “big” by world standards. Norton has been present on our shelves for quite some time now; they generally produce full bodied reds, as they use mainly Malbec as the core of their red wine

Continue reading »

Dining in white

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
I know! It’s been a short season for rosés. While I have no particular attraction for the pink stuff, it is somehow a different relationship with the whites. As the summer days reach their apex, I would like to suggest that you come visit, discover and enjoy whites that will take you for a joyride. White wine has more to offer than Chardonnay’s oak, vanilla and buttery flavors or

Continue reading »

The pink stuff!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
My last column, the May one, talked about how we would have to be patient as we wait to dive into the warm season. We have to be not only patient but audacious if we wish to take full advantage of the number of days that a Laurentian summer provides. As I write this, the nights and mornings are still cool, but so is what’s in your glass. So as requested by my two lovely Mont-Tremblant neighbours,

Continue reading »

I’m walking on sunshine

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
I hesitated for a while before writing this column, not knowing if the rays of a May sun would lead us into the “pink stuff” season...meaning the rosés season, keeping us on tenterhooks as we await our glorious summer. This year the snow just seemed to hang on!  As a result, in order to remain poetic and optimistic about the coming season, I have opted to introduce you to some

Continue reading »

Don Quixote’s wine

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Like the hero created by Miguel Cervantes, I would like to invite you on a wine tour…to Spain to be exact. We won’t fight imaginary knights and windmills or charm beautiful princesses, but are likely to discover the amazing wines produced in this too-often-forgotten country that is Spain. As one of the major world leaders in quality wine, thanks to such regions as Ribera Del Duero, Rioja,

Continue reading »

A red and a white or two to enjoy

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
It’s March Break! Indeed, it is the perfect month of the year for après-ski. Families and friends gather on the slopes or around the table for some R&R, in fact, you may even have some neighbors inviting themselves. Ice is definitely on the menu, whether it is in your Old Fashioned or on your knees because you have not yet realized that moguls are for younger skiers! I am delighted

Continue reading »

Fifty Shades of Sauternes!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
This month I have decided to reach back into my youth. I have chosen to reintroduce you to sensuality in a glass. Long before it was popular to finish a meal with something sweet, the wines of Sauternes have done so in many ways. They have helped me close some memorable evenings with, most often, fine and distinguished friends. There was a time, somewhere during the 1980s, that it was almost mandatory

Continue reading »

Tango in a bottle!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
A new year is again upon us, and it is somehow always challenging to see the days fly by so fast. That’s why I have loved wine for so long! Wine connects you in a way very few things can. It slows you down, in a good way. It brings people together more often than not. Wine gives comfort to our souls; it enlightens a few. So in order to welcome 2016 with a dash of audacity, let me present to you

Continue reading »

Who said bubbles?

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Well it’s official: it’s that time of the year, yet again! A time to celebrate, a time when every wine writer tells you about the magic of bubbles, and I guess I’ll go with the flow. So in order to please the marketplace, I shall gladly introduce to you some of my favourites. From the Cava of Spain to the Prosecco of Italy, from the numerous sparkling wines from the global village

Continue reading »

Foliage in a bottle

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
With today’s technology in the palm of your hand thanks to smartphones and tablets, it has become really easy to access the dynamic and quickly changing world of wines. Critics, columnists and glossy publications are at the tip of your finger. You can read, online, hundreds, not to say thousands, of wine recommendations from world-renowned journalists and industry professionals. They very often

Continue reading »

Dreaming of Alsace

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Benoit Chouinard, and I’ve been a Mont-Tremblant resident for two decades, and gourmet and wine aficionado since the late ‘80s. This monthly column will be about taking a trip to the fascinating and extraordinary world of wine, always keeping in mind that good taste is not necessarily synonymous with expensive. So if you like authentic and original,

Continue reading »

Inter-solstice festivities

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The spring equinox is a thing of the past and nature is awakening. Whether at a family Easter meal or with friends at a sugar shack, there are numerous opportunities to treat the palate at this time of year! Here are a few suggestions for bottles that could provide good pairing with these springtime feasts. Something new on the white wine shelves, this riesling/muscat/pinot gris (W)3 from the house

Continue reading »

Bella Italia

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
When we think of glorious landscapes, unique wines and a long, rich culinary tradition, Italy is one of the first countries that springs to mind. To celebrate this huge peninsula that ventures far into the Mediterranean, what could be better than taking a brief tour of two of its regions via wines that represent them so well? Chardonnay Campagnola, veneto i.g.t. Italyy, SAQ code 12382851, $13.45 

Continue reading »

Freeze, play and love . . .

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
When it’s time to warm up and banish the winter cold, to rest after enjoying an outdoor activity or to celebrate the one who makes your heart sing, wine is the perfect finishing touch to make the experience complete. Here are a few examples. Because bubbles contribute nicely to the spirit of a special moment, you should consider treating yourself to this appealing sparkling rosé from

Continue reading »

Good après-ski wines at a good price

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Winter is definitely here; it’s time to go play outside! But when the winter fun is finished for the day, it’s nice to warm up and treat oneself to a glass of wine that suits the occasion. There are a good number that fill the bill brilliantly, but the wines from warm, sunny climes are particularly welcome because the grapes develop, in that climate, the constituents needed to create supple,

Continue reading »

Effervescence—bubbling with high spirits

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
There’s effervescence in the very air at this time of year.  What could be more fitting than opening a bottle or two of bubbly! Everyone knows that effervescent, or sparkling, wines are characterized by bubbles and froth. On the other hand, did you know that you have to be on your guard against the carbon dioxide gas of which the bubbles are made? If you inhale deeply and frequently to

Continue reading »

Fall companions

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
In this Thanksgiving month, many of us are looking for warm, friendly occasions to chase away the cold that is quietly taking over. Meals with friends or family are a perfect way to add a little sunshine to our daily lives. Here are some suggestions for wines that will provide company on your autumn evenings. One white wine that’s sure-fire for this season is the Chardonnay Private Selection

Continue reading »

Looking at some French wines

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Bread, wine and cheese. Now there’s an image that transports us easily to Europe, but if we add names like Bordeaux and Montpellier, we’re suddenly in France, the land of gastronomy . . . and also the land of vine and wine. Here are two wines representative of two great French vineyards. Let’s start in the south, with a white wine from Languedoc that brings together a quartet of

Continue reading »

Make the most of summer!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
When Mother Nature gets all warm and cosy, any excuse will do to make the most of these months when living outdoors is such a treat. Let the warm wind transform your deck or balcony into the best place in the world to enjoy a cool glass of wine while dinner cooks on the barbecue. It’s summer! To kick off the evening—at any time of the day—what could be better than a dry, not-too-full-bodied

Continue reading »

Let’s go outside!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The warm weather is finally here, so let’s take every opportunity to enjoy it during our vacations and long weekends. The time is right for a glass of wine at noon or as a cooler on a hot summer afternoon. In fact now’s the perfect time for wine as a thirst-quencher, whether on the deck, at poolside, on a picnic or at the beach. For these delightful summer days and evenings, the wine to

Continue reading »

Wines for the barbecue

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
With the warm weather come many opportunities to light up the barbie. Pairing wine and food can be a challenge, however, because cooking on the grill means that the smell of smoke resulting from the cooking method, and the sweet taste of some sauces, can be difficult to pair with wines. When you are preparing food with a sweet sauce, you’re wiser to choose a semi-sweet white wine or rosé.

Continue reading »

Enjoying the garden

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The human organism needs sunshine to be happy. Don’t go looking for scientific proof of this fact. Look instead for the warm sunshine in your yard or on your deck or balcony to put this year’s long cold winter behind you once and for all. California is the sunny land par excellence with a climate that runs from pleasant to heavenly…and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that

Continue reading »

Spring rediscoveries

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The awakening of the acer saccharum, our sugar maple, is one of the cardinal signs of spring. This period when the sap starts to rise in the trees also corresponds to a new season of happy gatherings, whether it’s an Easter family meal or a Sunday with friends. Here are two suggestions for seasonal wines that could add to these joyful occasions. A good white wine that works in almost all situations,

Continue reading »

Italy’s charms

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Whether it’s the rolling hills of Tuscany, the majestic mountains of Trentin or the glorious turqoise of the seas that surround it, Italy provides a wonderful range of magnificent feasts for the eye. Here you’ll find, as well, all kinds of delicious foods such as parmigiano reggiano, osso buco, risotto, pizza, and the balsamic vinegar of Modena. The many wines, often produced from local

Continue reading »

The land of long winter evenings

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
If you’re like me, you believe that the depth of winter is the perfect time for long cosy suppers with people whose company you enjoy…the ideal time to be with friends, or celebrating Valentine’s Day with that loved one.  From my perspective, these long evenings around a spun-out dinner remind me of the Mediterranean basin. Whether in the south of France or in Italy, I can’t

Continue reading »

The Med around the world

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The first month of the year brings big bills, long nights and intense cold. In other words, it’s the perfect time to simmer our suppers and select good, low-cost wines that will contribute to making our evenings more enjoyable. One easy trick for unearthing bargains is to select from among wines made in regions that have a Mediterranean-style climate. This sunny, warm and dry climate means plentiful

Continue reading »

Bottled sunshine

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Heat and light are rare right now in our part of the globe, so why not treat yourself by tasting a few wines from another part of the planet – to which the sun seems to have escaped for the next few months. In the wine-growing regions of the New World, most of the wines are found in areas that have a climate like that of the zones bordering the Mediterranean. In other words, places that are sunny,

Continue reading »

Spanish-style treats for the hunter

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Wild meat, whether you say it’s from a ruffed grouse or partridge, white-tail deer or Virginia deer, elk or moose, is special, particularly lean and tasty, as prized for its gastronomic qualities as it is for its originality. They also go divinely well with wine. Perhaps you’re a hunter yourself, or perhaps a hunter friend has already graciously offered you a few pieces of delicious meat.

Continue reading »

A brief tour of France

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The end of summer usually means that the mushroom-picking season is at its peak. Whether you’re a mycologist or just love mushrooms, the forests and markets will be brimming with cèpes (king boletes), chanterelles and morels. September also brings the start of oyster season. From Malpèques or Raspberry Points to Beausoleils, there’s an oyster for every taste. This is the time

Continue reading »

Wine in the cooler

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
One of the favourite summer activities of residents of “la belle province” is camping. It’s the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of the beauties of nature in Québec while relaxing to the song of the birds. For a before-dinner drink and as a pick-me-up after a hike or bike trek, try a glass of Sauvignon blanc Matua Valley from Marlborough in New Zealand (SAQ code

Continue reading »

Between the sea and the mountains

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
It’s heaven to lounge on the deck or in the garden, enjoying delightful savoury treats while some simple little delicacy grills gently on the barbecue. Of course, there’s nothing better with these summer treats than a delicious, inexpensive wine. Spain, a country of sun, mountains and sea, has the perfect climate for grapes and the producers never stop improving the quality of their wines…yet

Continue reading »

Let’s celebrate summer!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
The days are getting longer and longer, the sun and heat are finally well established, and now’s the time to enjoy some summer wines. It’s rosé season! Here are two well worth trying.  At a reasonable price, the dry rosé Olivares Jumilla from Spain (SAQ code 10956698, $12.20) is a good bet. Made from monastrell and syrah grapes, this is a brightly coloured wine. It reveals

Continue reading »

“The merry month of May!”

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
Many songs and poems speak of the merry month of May. For most Quebecers, May means the arrival of warmer weather and lighter clothing. No more winter coats and boots! The grass is greening and the flower buds are swelling. We feel like treating ourselves, whether it translates into heading for a terrace with friends or getting together with family to pay tribute to Mom. Good timing! California is

Continue reading »

Sugar time

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
“April showers bring May flowers,” says the old proverb. Well, the sugar shacks have been steaming for weeks, now, because March and April also bring the maple sap. While sugar time may be drawing to an end, the culinary season that highlights maple is still in full swing. Here are a few suggestions for wines that go well with all the menu items that feature maple. Because sweet food pairs

Continue reading »

Viva la dolce vita!

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
In March, at the SAQ, the spotlight will be on Italy – the country where they take the time to do things well, whether it’s cars, clothes, cuisine or wine. Let’s take a little tour around the boot as we go in search of a few wines. We’ll start in the north, in Venice, with a white wine made from an assemblage of pinot gris and verduzzo, a local grape that certainly merits consideration.

Continue reading »

Warmth and charm

TremblantExpress

Publié le:

Tremblant Express agrandir »
When the bitter winds of winter swirl around our doors, it’s nice to be warm and cozy…whether by the fire with a loved one as a way of celebrating Valentine’s Day or around a table with good friends enjoying some tasty comfort food. Here, then, are a few suggestions for seasonal wines which will, I hope, add warmth to your evenings. To stimulate the senses, what could be better

Continue reading »