Visiting Quebec Wineries

Today we are leaving the beautiful province of Quebec where we have spent a week visiting wineries and cideries from Quebec City to Montreal. It’s a bittersweet leaving as we have enjoyed meeting so many passionate winemakers.

We have also met and become friends of the In Vino Veritas Travel Agency owners as well as their social media expert working for In Vino Veritas. For our three day visit of wineries in Croatia earlier this year In Vino Veritas planned our trip that included car rental, several wineries and lodging at three different wineries/vineyards. Everything was very easy when someone else has planned the itinerary.

In Vino Veritas also planned our trip to Quebec, where we learned about Quebec’s wine history and we visited 20 wineries including the cideries.

Quebec is a growing wine region and it’s microclimates provided the opportunity for many cold hardy varieties to grow as well as some vineyards using special techniques to grow some of the world’s popular vinifera grapes.

If you are planning to visit Quebec for a vacation or holiday, stop by some of the wineries to discover what they have to offer you.

Cheers! Kathy

Jade Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Price: $9.99 at Macy's Liquors
Recommended by:
Wine tasting at store

Comments:
This is an exceptional wine for the price. It is a big, bold cabernet with delicious, round flavors of blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. The nose is equally bold. In fact, nothing is subtle about this one. Plus, the flavors last in a long finish that suggests you are drinking a $25 bottle of wine. We will be getting a few more bottles of this one soon!

Rating:
8/10

Jade Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Price: $9.99 at Macy's Liquors
Recommended by:
Wine tasting at store

Comments:
This is an exceptional wine for the price. It is a big, bold cabernet with delicious, round flavors of blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. The nose is equally bold. In fact, nothing is subtle about this one. Plus, the flavors last in a long finish that suggests you are drinking a $25 bottle of wine. We will be getting a few more bottles of this one soon!

Rating:
8/10

Michel Leon Gewurztraminer 2008

Price: $11.99 at Trader Joe's
Recommended by: We're fans of Gewurztraminers
Comments: We've been drinking more Chardonnay lately. Why, since other white varietals are so good? Particularly Gewurztraminer, and this one reminded us why we're such big fans. Michel Leon is fairly dry, but with some really nice fruit. It has some floral notes and a bit of spice. It was a perfect complement to the Indian food we had for dinner, and we look forward to having this wine again. Chardonnay, as we noted some years ago, kinda sucks (OK, OK ... with the exception of a few).
Rating: 7.5/10

Michel Leon Gewurztraminer 2008

Price: $11.99 at Trader Joe's
Recommended by: We're fans of Gewurztraminers
Comments: We've been drinking more Chardonnay lately. Why, since other white varietals are so good? Particularly Gewurztraminer, and this one reminded us why we're such big fans. Michel Leon is fairly dry, but with some really nice fruit. It has some floral notes and a bit of spice. It was a perfect complement to the Indian food we had for dinner, and we look forward to having this wine again. Chardonnay, as we noted some years ago, kinda sucks (OK, OK ... with the exception of a few).
Rating: 7.5/10

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2006

Price: $15.95 @ Macy's (W. Roxbury, MA)
Recommended by: Curiosity
Comments: We don't drink a lot of Chardonnay, and when we do, we typically talk about how much we don't like it. But lately, we've been trying more and enjoying it (at least the oaky ones). This wine exhibited some of the traits we've been looking for lately. It is rich, smooth, and oaked. The nose is apple, lime, and pineapple. The flavor is dominated by apple and caramel with a little spice and a long smooth finish. If we're in the mood for an oaky chardonnay in the future, this is one we'll seriously consider (along with the Matua Judd Estate).
Rating: 7/10

Pairing Wine with Brodetto

One dish we've been really enjoying lately is brodetto, a seafood stew native of Italy. The Italian version is called Brodetto di Pesce, but since we cannot use ingredients from the Adriatic Sea, we've enjoyed our own New England version. The broth is a delicious blend of tomatoes, onions, seafood broth, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wine, garlic, saffron, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Throw in some little neck clams, fresh mussels, and a white fish (halibut is great), and serve with fresh bread, and you have an amazing dinner.

So, what wine do enjoy with this delicious dish? The authentic Italian version screams for a dry Verdicchio, which is produced in the Marches region of Italy, where Brodetto di Pesce is one of the most popular dishes. The French Marsanne is also another great pairing with brodetto. Marsanne is often blended with Viognier, which would also be an excellent choice to enjoy with the dish. You can't go wrong with a nice American Chardonnay, and we've even enjoyed a nice, floral Chilean Carmenere Blanc (Viña Tierra y Fuego).

The one wine we highly recommend is a Dry Riesling, particularly Chateau Ste Michelle's. They're a bit citrusy with a nice spice. We think you'll love it with brodetto, particularly if you're looking for something other than a Chardonnay.