ANTI-SAQ and Why

In these times of wine salons, pink elephants and pure white-house drivel, I feel the urge to take on my greatest nemesis yet: The SAQ. The audacity surely comes from the bottle of Rita & Rudolph Trossen I’ve drunk. My goal is link together certain ideas and points of view into a cohesive whole. What we are dealing with is most definitely incoherent: a state monopoly managing alcohol. As I write this, the amount of sales from Private Imports continues to grow but the bulk of the wines made available to us directly through the SAQ come from a cartel of four big wine agencies that have more or less cornered the market.
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BBQ in Style

Synonymous with summer is charred meat off the grill, preferably your own grill. I am a fan of the old punk adage D.I.Y. or DO-IT-YOURSELF and hosting a BBQ is about your marinades, your cuts of meat and your expertise in working the grill.

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The Costs of Pursuing a Passion

The Costs of Pursuing a Passion | TonSommelier.com

So you have a certain volition for wine? As you become accustomed to giving some wine a swirl, you notice that there are unmistakable differences between different wines: color, aromas, length on the palate etc. Maybe you’ve seen the movie Somm or were recommended a bottle that fulfilled or even exceeded your expectations the last time you were at a restaurant. Wine has shown you its power to please; it’s become your beverage of choice when going out.
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Making a Wise Choice at the SAQ

The logical destination for wine is the SAQ. You penetrate the entrance and in a hurry you grab the same bottle that has done you proud before. It’s a safe bet and you know what to expect. Good thing there’s those color-coded symbols to aid you when looking for something fruity or full bodied. As if the winemaker was giving a hint of thought to these when he planted his vines and harvested his grapes.
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