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Locavore Drinkers, Unite!

Posted by Amie / November 28, 2013

LA Fete des Vins du QuebecIt's time to get out and taste some local tipples at the Fete des Vins du Quebec this weekend. Whether or not you know your Frontenac Gris from your Vendage Tardives, the three-day event at Marche Bonsecours is the perfect excuse to warm yourself up from the inside out, and feel mighty good about that carbon footprint.

Over 30 wineries will be on hand to sample, plus a bunch of artisanal, local food producers (cheese, patés, snacks, and the best hazelnut loaf ever from LaPerle et Son Boulanger. Sorry, Guillaume) to help soak up the alcohol. A lot of these products can't be bought at the SAQ, and at this event you can buy by the bottle instead of ordering an entire case, which may be the only way to get your hands on the products short of going to the wineries themselves.

Here's what you need to know:

1. You'll need $12. That will get you 12 tasting coupons and your tasting glass, which you can keep! Collect enough of those babies and you'll never need to buy a set. If you buy your tickets at an SAQ or online at www.fetedesvins.ca by the end of today, you can get a discounted 30 coupons for $18, including that highly coveted glass...

2. Drinking can start at 11am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That's completely socially acceptable. Think of it as brunch, but without eggs. It is, in fact, much more reasonable than last year's 9am start time...
Drinking stops at 9pm on Friday, 8pm on Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday. After that, you're on your own with whatever bottles you bought. If it was summer I'd say go drink it in a park. Since it's winter, I say snuggle up with some poutine and a hockey game.

3. Since you don't want to spend a ton of money, here are some tips on what to taste:
Everything from Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise, Vignoble Centaure, Vignoble du Marathonien, and Vignoble Coteau Rougemont. Normally you'll get a bunch of tastings for free. As in you may give one coupon and then start asking questions because you're genuinely interested, and the person serving you will keep pouring other things to try. Otherwise 12 coupons wouldn't stretch very far.

4. Drink water! Quebec isn't known for its bone-dry wine. You're going to be high on sweets, fortifieds, and ice wines. All that sugar will kick your ass. Worst case scenario, you end up in a snowbank and you're slightly less inebriated friend swears as he's forced to carry you home because you spent all your cab money on tasting coupons.

Fete des Vins du Quebec
Marche Bonsecours
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013
$12

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