According to the survey conducted in June by CAA-Quebec, the majority of Quebecers intended to stay in the province this summer. Those who traveled abroad chose Greece, Italy and Portugal, observed the AquaTerra agency. Want to remind you of the holidays? Here are four ideas to enjoy this weekend.
The call of the sea
Between the azure sea and the mountainous cliffs of Macedonia, the Greek village Thessaloniki is a dream. It is here that the winemaker Vangelis Gerovassiliou cultivates more than 70 hectares of vines. Among them, he survived the malagousia, a local grape variety which had almost disappeared in the 20e century. Thanks to this visionary, its survival is assured and it can be tasted in this exotic white. Assembled with Assyrtiko, the balance between freshness and flavor is successful. The notes of flowers and exotic fruits melt into a delicious saline frame. Close your eyes to hear the sound of the Mediterranean waves.
Domaine Gerovassiliou Epanomi 2021 | SAQ Code: 10249061 | $20.80
The best of Italy
Fiasco! For some, this word evokes a bottle wrapped in straw. For winemaker Michael Schmelzer, the Fiasco is the memory of a festive wine from Tuscany. Established in Chianti since 2003, the Schmelzer family wanted to pay homage to their adopted country by developing a fruity, spicy and delicious red whose label and one-litre format recall the flask, also called fiasco. The atypical blend of Barbera, Malvasia, Montepulciano and Sangiovese is produced with organic grapes purchased from all over Italy. If the tannins are serious, the notes of black cherry, raspberry, violet and pepper abound and make you smile. With friends and pizza, happiness is guaranteed!
Monte Bernardi Fiasco | SAQ Code: 14989850 | $24.75 (1 liter)
The taste of Portugal
After following Horacio Arruda’s recommendations, thousands of Quebecers cooked pastels de Nata during the pandemic. The sweet taste of this Portuguese dessert and a new air link to Lisbon have even encouraged many to travel to Portugal this summer. To remember this delicious taste of cinnamon and vanilla, liqueur 35 is surprising. Creamy and sweet, it will liven up the discussions and bring back the most beautiful holiday memories.
Licor 35 Nata Pastel Cream | SAQ Code: 14969082 | $36.25
A little slush?
Impossible to take a vacation in Quebec without tasting a “slush”. The Alchimia company was inspired by this sweet and colorful granita to create an alcoholic slush. Made with vodka and lemon, this drink is bagged. Just place it in the freezer for a few hours and then enjoy a slush with a very successful lemonade taste.
Alchimia Limonada | SAQ Code: 15029412 | $15.20