Held at Auberge St. Gabriel, count on a choice selection of Bordeaux region wines for only $5 a glass paired with, of all things foodie, chocolate. Auberge's Michelin-starred chef Eric Gonzalez - the French Riviera native earned the coveted Michelin distinction in Luxembourg when he was only 27 -- is presenting his brand new, custom-made chocolate. Gonzalez calls it "Écorce." That's French for "bark." It supposedly has a spiced edge to it and it's exclusively available at Auberge, a creation signed "Or Noir," a Cacao Barry chocolate laboratory concept launched by UK master chocolatier Mark Tilling back in 2009. Gonzalez is the first Canadian-based chef to create his own signature Or Noir chocolate. I'm predicting one hell of a Bordeaux-originating Sauternes will be paired with this decadent doozy.
Oh, and if you hear a delightful Welsh accent emanating from one of Auberge's barfronts, that's Sherry -- or is it Cherie? -- my favorite bartender in Montreal. You're gonna love her. Tell her that Minnie Driver lookalike says hi (her words!).
As for the event, just show up anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Wine $5. Chocolate extra. At Auberge St. Gabriel (map).
- Apéros Bordeaux Montreal
- The Red: Les Sources Château de la Rivière Fronsac 2009
- The White: Château Sainte-Marie Vielles Vignes Entre Deux Mers
- The Dessert: Domaine du Noble Loupiac 2009