6 Local Wines to Offer or to Discover during the Holidays

Kristine Mansuy, sommelier and owner of the enterprise kiki.co, truly loves our locally produced wines and is giving us a present in advance by listing her beverage suggestions for a successful festive selection!


A White Wine for Amateurs of Red?

Évolution Blanc 2019
Producer: Vignoble de La Bauge
Town: Brigham
Price: $20.25

To pair with oven baked canapés, artichoke and vegetable dips, homemade humus and country pâtés.

A blend of Frontenac gris, Frontenac Blanc and Vidal, this dry white wine surprises with its intense tropical fruit, peach, pear and pineapple aromas. Slightly smoked and unctuous on the palate, this wine has a lot of character and will convince many red wine amateurs!


Orpailleur réserve 2019
Producer: Vignoble de l’Orpailleur
Town: Dunham
Price: $18.00
Available at the vineyard

To pair with white fish and sauce, meat-based stews, meat pies, and the classic Christmas turkey.

A blend of Vidal, Seyval and Frontenac blanc, this white wine offers lovely notes of pears, white flowers and maple. Supple on the palate, with a smoky and woody finish.


Any Occasion Red wines 

Gamay 2019
Producer: Domaine des Côtes d’ardoise
Town: Dunham
Price: $24.00
available in grocery stores and at the vineyard

To pair with mushroom puff pies, goat cheese and a platter of local charcuteries.

This new Domaine cuvée is elaborated with a 100% Gamay grape variety! A light, fruity and delicate red wine with notes of morello and dried flowers. Crisp and bursting with fruit on the palate.

Atout Rouge 2019

Producer: Château de Cartes
Town: Dunham
Price: $17.75

 To pair with antipasti, tomato bruschetta and gourmet pizzas.

A blend of Frontenac, Sabrevois and Marquette, this fruity gourmet wine is a sure bet! With its notes of red fruit, spices and cocoa, this easy-to-drink red is ideal as an aperitif as well as for accompanying a main course.


For Those with a Sweet Tooth

Cidre de Glace — Clos Saragnat Avalanche 2016
Producer: Clos Saragnat
Town: Frelighsburg
Price: $27.40

To pair with small pastries or simply by itself!

This sumptuous organic ice cider is a must in the region. An undeniably elegant and pure ice cider.

Vendanges Tardives — Vidal
Producer: Léon Courville Vigneron
Town: Lac-Brome
Price: $29.95

To pair with aged cheddar, a fruit pie or a dessert with nuts.

Vidal grapes harvested manually in early winter. Sweet, unctuous, crisp and well balanced, this delicious dessert wine is rated among Canada’s best.

Kristine Mansuy reminds us that “it’s important we support our area producers through our local Holiday purchases, by daring to step outside our comfort zone, by trying new products, and by revisiting some of our region’s classics.”

Wishing you some great selections (and especially some great tastings)!

By : Marianne Primeau, Événements Faire-Valoir

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