Not that red is the region's end all. Case in point: my first Apéros Bordeaux Montreal experience left me savoring three favorites. But only one was a red. The other two were a white Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Muscadelle blend and a great dessert wine predominantly composed of Sémillon grapes with a 15% hint of Sauvignon Blanc.
My favorite Apéros Bordeaux wines reviewed:
- 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
So How Does Apéros Bordeaux Montreal Work?
It's simple. Keep track of future Apéros Bordeaux events on Facebook and just ... show up. Admission is free and everyone's invited. Once there, organizers give guests the opportunity to sample a small amount of each wine and once a favorite is chosen, guests can order a full glass at the bar at an affordable price. When I went to the October 2012 edition, full glasses were only $5 each, a fabulous deal for oenophiles on a budget.
Yes. Whichever restaurant is hosting the event usually showcases some of their dishes for a fair price. Again, at the October 2012 edition, which was held at Rosalie Club House, the upstairs "club" portion of high end Italian restaurant Rosalie located in downtown Montreal, three dishes were proposed for $10 each: ginger garlic salmon served on saffron-infused risotto, four cheese rigatoni flavoured with black truffle, and a salami bocconcini focaccia. My focaccia was great, by the way. But tiny. Cross-referencing with other guests, two running themes emerged over the food: small portion sizes relative to price and ... hungry bellies.
Considering Apéros Bordeaux usually plays out at fairly swanky locales after 5 p.m. on a weekday, business casual is a sure bet, though no one will smite you if you go denim. Just leave the baseball cap at home.
Visit the Apéros Bordeaux Facebook page for information on the next edition in Montreal.