Christmas gifts: All wine all the time

I usually write this blog in both English and French for my readers in and out of Québec. Since this post presents Christmas gift ideas that are Québécois in nature, the full-length list of recommendations can be found on the French side. For English readers, I have limited my list to bubblies that one could presumably find or order from anywhere around the globe. Cheers.

Although I am no wine expert, like everyone, I have my go-to bubblies whenever I am hosting or offering. Whether or not we share the same taste, now, that’s the great unknown…

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, discovered during a “Caviar and Champagne” tasting at Montreal’s Phillips Lounge last summer, comes from Burgundy. Its nose of toasted bread and coffee made me swoon. ($61 in Québec)

Nivole Michele Chiarlo is a moscato d’Asti. Its fine bubbles, sweet taste and festive feel make it a favourite in our home. At $11.40 a bottle of 350 mL (which only amounts to 3 flutes), I usually buy a whole case around the beginning of December. It has accompanied turkey leftovers too many times to count…

Michel Jodoin’s rosé sparkling cider, which you can order from SAQ in Québec or from the cider mill directly, is Québec-made, delicious and a nice change of pace. I usually buy 4-5 bottles at one time, they never last. ($18.95 in Québec).


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