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On this past Monday, I had a chance to attend a food workshop leaded by Michelle Marek from the culinary lab of the SAT and the Oenopole wine agency. The theme was which wines to chose for the holidays menu. The wines were chosen to pair particularly with Turkey, a centerpiece in many canadian homes for Christmas.

This workshop proved that there are many wine alternatives to choose when pairing wine and turkey. From sparkling wines to light white and red wines.

Here are the tasting notes for the wines served in that evening.

Champagne Pascal Doquet. Price: $48.50. SAQ Code: 11528046. Price: $48.50

Pale golden colour. Notes of cray and ripe yellow fruit. In the mouth, medium to full body. Refreshing and elegant with floral undertones and a delicate bitter almond finish. Long persistence. 95/100

Domaine de la Cadette. Bourgogne Vézelay, La Piécette 2012. SAQ Code: 11589691. Price: $27.15

Cristalline pale colour. On the nose, crisp white fruits with barnyard and mineral nuances. In the mouth, medium to full body with a soft but pleasant acidity. Elegant with beautiful floral nuances. 92\100.

Domaine Labet. Cotes du Jura. Fleur de Savagnin 2012. SAQ Code: 10783248. Price: $35.25

Medium golden colour. On the nose, honey wax, curry spices and white flowers. In the mouth, medium to full body. Elegant with delicate nuances of caramelized nuts. Very long. 92\100

Clos Canarelli Corse Figari 2013 Rose. SAQ Code: 11917666. Price: $35.75

On the nose, fresh red fruits such as cranberries and strawberries. In addition, cream pastry notes with a nice minerality streak. In the mouth, medium body with lots of garrique notes. Long persistance in the mouth. 93\100.

The Reds:

Arianna Ochipinti. Terre Siciliane, SP68 1500 ml 2013. $56.75. SAQ Code: 12429470.

Brilliant ruby colour. Aromas of dark cherry, smoke and herbs. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full body. It presents some spicy flavors with a beautiful underlying minerality. 93\100

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne. Cotes du Rhone. Lieu-dit-Clavin 2012. SAQ Code: 10919133. Price: $28.75

Dark ruby colour. In the nose, aromas of licorice with black fruit paste. In the mouth, rich and generous and full of a spicy character. Finale redolent of mineral flavors. Long and persistent. 93/100