La Grande Dégustation de Montréal will be held at Place Bonaventure from 3-4 November for the pleasure of your taste buds. This annual event brings together more than 200 wine producers, distillers, and brewers to share their passion for wine, beer, and spirit. La Grande Dégustation de Montréal allows visitors to get up close and personal with producers who come from all around the world while enjoying an outstanding tasting and culinary experience.
This year, La Grande Dégustation de Montréal honours four themes: Champagne, Washington State, Riesling, and cocktails. Those themes fit exactly with the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. “Our foremost goal is to offer a highly flavourful experience that promotes closeness, accessibility and pleasure. For this reason, the 2017 programming proposes captivating destinations and encounters with professionals who inspire and exude passion” says Daniel Richard, president of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal.
Did you know that the two co-founders of Montréal, Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, were born in the Champagne region of France? We guess it is not a coincidence if Champagne is honoured this year! Produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region following specific rules and vineyards practices, this sparkling wine offers a mouthful of bubbly and seductive flavour.
This edition of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and sense new pleasures through the tasting of this high-quality beverage.
Washington State is the second largest premium wine producer in the United States right behind California who produces around 85% of American wines. Washington State offers a wide range of wines that finely balance old world structure with new world fruit in a variety of wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and, Syrah.
By adapting their vineyards to the climate of the northern State, the winemakers of this region capture the very best of their chosen varieties.
As the most cultivated wine in Germany, the legendary Riesling is popular in cooler regions of France, Austria, Canada, and United States. A wide range of wines cultivated in those regions have a base of Riesling including smooth, refreshing or sweet dry white wines.
In Ontario, Riesling is commonly used for the production of Ice wine especially in Niagara where the climate is particularly quite warm in the summertime which adds a dose of richness in the wines. Thanks to these attributes, Riesling maintains its position in the top three white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.
Cocktails have never been so popular with their surprising and delicious tastes! Visitors are invited to attend fun demonstrations and tastings designed to demystify the world of mixology.
La Grand Dégustation de Montréal features entertainment with its famous Petites Dégustations allowing visitors to meet experienced wine producers and mixologists in small groups. The conferences include educational tastings who invite visitors to discover various varieties and regions. For more info check out La Grande Dégustation de Montréal website or download the free app designed to enhance your visitor experience.
800, de la Gauchetière W., Montreal
Admission: 15$ (+ 1$ per tasting coupon)