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Salon des vins d’importation privée: 2013 edition

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The sixth and biggest ever edition of Raspipav‘s Salon des vins d’importation privée, the city’s most enjoyable wine show, is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. The venue is the Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal. The doors are open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. (A separate session from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday is limited to in-the-business types.) $15 gets you admission, a tasting glass and a few coupons you use to pay for the wines you taste. Additional coupons are available for purchase, though in practice few booths charge for tastes if they see you’re serious about wine appreciation.

Around 80 visiting winemakers will be on hand to present their products. More than 1,000 wines, none of them available at the SAQ, will be poured. What’s more, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to purchase wines by the bottle instead of the usual case (you pay at the salon; delivery by courrier is a few weeks later).

A number of events with winemakers are planned before, during and after the salon. Six I know about are: a winemakers’ dinner at Les Trois Petits Bouchons on Thursday; Raspipav’s own La Paulée and oenopole’s more intimate four-course dinner at Nora Gray with Catherine Breton, Filippo Masseti. Thomas Pico and Ferdinando Principiano both on Friday; the concluding Vins, Vignerons et Vinyl bash at SAT’s FoodLab on Monday, featuring DJs, a bevy of big name local chefs and wines from Vinnovation, La QV, oenopole and Bambara; and Planvin’s tasting of Renard wines led by winemaker Bayard Fox and accompanied by hors d’oeuvres at Casa Bianca and La QV’s dinner with Morgane Fleury and Jean Roger Groult at Restaurant Les Affamés on Tuesday.

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Written by carswell

October 29, 2013 at 11:11

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