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How To Detect Wine Faults And What Can We Do ?

They are the worst enemies of our guilty pleasure! They are called oxidation, reduction, corked , wine, Brettanomyces and others. How do we identify those faults when our glass of wine smells funny or has a strange color? And what can be done ?  Follow the guide  Frédéric Arnould (lefred@toutsurlevin.ca) My wine is corked! You are in a restaurant, you […]

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Should We Always Serve White Wine Before Red Wine ?

« White on red won’t go to your head; red on white and you’re out for the night », says the popular saying.  This one seems to have been inspired by the Navy. « If the white flag is above, the sailors remain on board and nothing moves. But if the red is above, things might go crazy ! » So therefore we should […]

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The Wine Lover’s Dilemma : To Decant or Not to Decant ?

You may think about buying a decanter, a nice “carafe” or an aerator? But should you really decant or aerate every wines ? What are the benefits and the risks of this operation ?  By Frédéric Arnould (lefred@toutsurlevin.ca) First, it is important to mention that oxygen can be both the worst and best friend of the wine. The worst, because it […]

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Best Drinks To Buy Your Dad For Father’s Day

Forget Father’s Day presents like dull ties and cheap aftershaves. Both will die of boredom in a drawer ! If you want to celebrate your father, then reward him with some liquid happiness.  But again, forget the Baby Duck, Black Tower and Blue Nun and even the infamous “crème de menthe”… Tell him I love you with a corkscrew. Who […]

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Everything you need to know about rosé wine ! Please, don’t blush !

Let me get this straight. Any serious rosé wine is not a mixture of white wine and red wine. Nay! No, actually, it is first and foremost a wine made from red grapes. The winemaker has to start from a grape used to make red wine and to give it the freshness of a white wine. But then how does […]

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Where do sparkling wines bubbles come from ?

The question often comes up : these small bubbles in the Champagne flute, is it there because gas is added or injected into a « still » wine ? Although this unorthodox « treatment » that could be called « Coca-Cola method » is practiced for some sparkling wines (we will avoid talking about them for that matter), the genuine beautiful bubbles actually come from a […]

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Francois Chartier, the inveterate and curious harmonies creator

To the great displeasure of his mother, he likes to say that « he was educated with Kraft Dinner and Kik Cola ». One way to admit that the wine was not part of his everyday life in the Villeray district of Montreal. Today, this alchemist of wine, this harmony’s creator has become the reference in molecular sommellerie. And not so long […]

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Barbara Philip, first Canadian woman to become Master of Wine

With her fiery red hair and deep blue eyes, Barbara Philip does not necessarily meet the standard clichés that people sometimes entertain about great connoisseurs of wine. She got nothing to do with the pot-bellied men with blackened teeth due to extensive wine tastings. A woman who loves her work, with ease, and who became the first female Canadian to […]

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Rasberry, green apple, vanilla and pepper in my glass of wine ?

First let’s make it clear ! When professional tasters identify the aromas contained in a wine, they call on their personal memory of flavors. When they claim they can detect that this wine has aromas of plums, leather, cigar box, fresh cut hay, gooseberries and butterscotch, this may seem completely esoteric and even unlikely for the novice … And yet […]

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Vinho verde, anyone ?

First of all, vinho verde (pronounced Vigno verday) means green wine in Portuguese. But, do not expect to see a green apple color or in any way fluorescent like kryptonite that even Superman could not refuse. But I digress … In fact, in this case we do not speak of « green wine » but rather of « young wine ». And young,  vinho […]

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