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Sausage love, 2017 edition

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Forget those overpriced Valentine meals prepared by bored chefs and served by jaded waiters in stuffy restaurants. On February 14, sausage lovers, wine lovers and just plain lovers will be heading to Nouveau Palais for a hit of Pork Futures goodness (mild sausage sandwiches with french fries and “piccante” hot sauce on the side) and glass after delicious glass of Dolcetto poured by oenopole.

The Seventh Annual Valentine’s Sausage Party
“Because nothing says love like sausage”
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
17:30 to 23:30 (or until they run out)
Nouveau Palais
281 Bernard St. West, Montreal

RSVP: info@nouveaupalais.com or 514 273-1180

#iheartdolcetto

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February 9, 2017 at 20:04

Sausage love, 2016 edition

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Forget those overpriced Valentine meals prepared by bored chefs and served by jaded waiters in stuffy restaurants. On February 14, sausage lovers, wine lovers and just plain lovers will be heading to Nouveau Palais for a hit of Pork Futures goodness (Italian sausage and slaw sandwiches with french fries and “La Bomba” hot sauce on the side) and glass after drinkable glass of Dolcetto from four outstanding producers (San Fereolo, Chionetti, Alessandria and Principiano), all poured by oenopole.

The Sixth Annual Valentine’s Sausage Party
“Because nothing says love like sausage”
Sunday, February 14, 2016
17:30 to 23:30 (or until they run out)
Nouveau Palais
281 Bernard St. West, Montreal

#iheartdolcetto

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February 12, 2016 at 13:02

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WMD @ NG

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Events around the Salon des vins d’importation privée are thick on the ground this year. From both a food and wine standpoint, one of the most interesting will be a winemakers’ dinner – six courses with wine pairings – held at Nora Gray at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and featuring four stars from oenopole‘s stellar portfolio:  Matassa‘s Tom Lubbe (Roussillon), Domaine du Possible‘s Loic Roure (Roussillon), Domaine de la Cadette‘s Valentin Montanet (Burgundy) and Remi Dufaitre (Beaujolais). Here – maybe en exclusivité – is the menu:

Foccacia toast, house-made mascarpone, marinated capelins and Provençal olives

Vin de France 2014, Petillant Naturel Rosé, Herbe Tendre, Domaine du Possible

Razor clam and mussel salad

Bourgogne-Vézelay Blanc 2013, La Châtelaine, Domaine de la Cadette

Braised pork belly, charred Brussels sprouts, spicy honey

Côtes du Roussillon Blanc 2014, Cours Toujours, Domaine du Possible

Parsley pappardelle with wild mushrooms

Côte de Brouilly 2014, Laurence et Rémi Dufaitre

Braised lamb shoulder, roasted rosemary potatoes and cassis

Vin de France 2014, Matassa Rouge, Domaine de la Matassa

Lemon-spruce tip sorbet and hazelnut biscotti

Marc d’Alsace, Riesling, Domaine Gérard Schueller et fils

Price is $125 per person before taxes and tip. To reserve, call 514 419-6672.

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October 28, 2015 at 12:36

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Small Secrets x Bar Barbara II

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The resounding success of the first Small Secrets x Bar Barbara event has spawned a second. This Saturday, MWG member Jonah, co-conspirator Jordan and guest chef Dan are organizing another pop-up wine bar in Little Italy. This time around, the small but enlightened selection of biodynamic, natural and otherwise just crazy good wines will include bottles from Olivier Lemasson, Guy Breton, Rietsch, COS, Ooka, Ca de Noci and Baud. As before, the wines will be available by bottle or the glass at wallet-friendly prices. Nibbles will include Pork Futures‘ excellent duck prosciutto. And in contrast to February, the back terrasse will be open for business.

Small Secrets x Bar Barbara
33 Shamrock Ave.
Montreal
Saturday, May 16, 2015
17:00 to midnight

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May 13, 2015 at 12:19

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Le sacre du printemps… à la grècque

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Our friends at oenopole and SAT’s Foodlab are again joining forces to celebrate the arrival of spring and of winemakers from five of Greece’s top domaines: Argyros, Mercouri, Papagiannakos, Tetramythos and Tselepos. The city’s top terrasse will be open, the grill will be blazing, wines from the featured estates will be available by the glass and bottle at unbeatable prices and the menu is sure to please (loukaniko, lentil soup, lamb burger, whole grilled fish, horta, grilled octopus, sauteed nordic shrimp and roasted potatoes, last I heard). What’s more, the forecast couldn’t be better: sunny with a high of 25°C.

PRINTEMPS GREC
Thursday, May 7, from 6 p.m. on
SAT Foodlab
1201 St. Laurent Blvd., 3rd Floor

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May 4, 2015 at 19:35

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COS and company @ Nora Gray

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Among the myriad events taking place this week in the wake of Les Turbulents, one that stands out is the winemaker’s dinner with Giusto Occhipinti from COS to be held at Nora Gray on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

The six-course meal, including appetizer and dessert, will feature seafood, pasta and braised and grilled meat dishes, all tailored to an impressive series of wines: Champagne Jacques Lassaigne to start, then COS’s Rami, Frappato, Nero di Lupo, Cerasuolo di Vittoria and Maldafrica, with La Stoppa‘s delightful sparkling Malvasia accompanying dessert.

If rumours are true, the all-inclusive price is a more-than-reasonable $125 a head, though you might want to confirm that when making your reservation.

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April 14, 2015 at 12:39

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…

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…to bring you the following public service announcement.

Normally I’d wait until all the notes from the MWG’s February tasting were up before posting this one. Why the rush? Because Domaine des Huard’s owner-winemaker, Michel Gendrier, is in town and will be pouring this and other wines at the excellent Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins tomorrow evening (Monday, March 9). And if that weren’t inducement enough, he’ll be joined by fellow Loire winemakers Étienne Courtois and Nicolas Grosbois. For details about this Romo love-in, see here.

Cour-Cheverny 2008, François 1er, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine des Huards ($24.45, 12476452)
Huard’s top-of-the-line dry Cour-Cheverny. 100% Romorantin from organically and biodynamically farmed vines averaging 75 years old. Manually harvested. Two-thirds of the grapes are immediately pressed, one-third are macerated on the skins for 15 hours before pressing. Fermented with indigenous yeasts at between 18 and 20°C. Matured on the lees for five months. Cold-stabilized before bottling in the September following the harvest. 13% ABV. Quebec agent: La QV.
Honey, straw, chalk, dried lemon, browning apple, faint white spices and an even fainter whiff of kerosene. Medium-bodied but with a dense, bordering-on-unctuous texture. Ripe-sweet on entry, the fruit is nicely soured by a surging undercurrent of acidity before slow-fading into the long finish, revealing the mineral substrate and leaving behind a very dry, light astringency and a hint of nuttiness and coriander seed. A lovely, layered, elegant wine deserving of a dry goat cheese or a fine piece of fish (you’ll find a couple of recipe ideas after the jump). Available as a private import, the 2007 was a Loire lover’s must-buy at $32. At under $25, this 2008 is a certifiable bargain. (Buy again? Absolutely.)

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Written by carswell

March 8, 2015 at 14:14