You have one more day to enjoy this year’s Fete des Vins du Quebec (Quebec Wine Celebration) being put on by the wonderfully named organization, Joyeux Novembre (Happy November). Like Festival en Lumiere (The Montreal Highlights Festival) did with February when it turned a sad, cold, miserable (I know, fewer adjectives, but it’s really an awful month to be in Montreal weather-wise) into a tourist free-for-all, Joyeux Novembre is hoping to turn November into a not-to-be-missed event for wine-lovers from around the world.
Joyeux Montreal spokesperson and sommelier, Jessica Harnois, says that the goal is achievable with better marketing of Quebec wines. Everyone knows ice wine, and even ice cider has some buzz. But unique grape varietals grown in Quebec (frontenac gris and noir, for example), fly under the radar. And after a day of tasting Quebec wines, she says, her tongue hurts from all the acidity. They can be harsh and young. You have to learn to love them, she says, which to me sounds like a lot of work, especially when you can go to the SAQ and have a fling with a $12 bottle of smile-inducing Beaujolais, or even a threesome with an even less expensive but well-built Vinho Verde.
But maybe that’s why I’m still single—you have to put the work in…
Well, with reference to a great Beyoncé song (not an oxymoron), now’s your chance to see what your heart (and tongue) can bear. Head to the Marché Bonsecours today. Here’s my article on Midnight Poutine all about the Fete des Vins du Quebec with all the info.