Are you a rosé all day kind of person? Or perhaps you need no good riesling to enjoy a glass. Maybe you're saying caber-yay when someone offers you a bottle. Do you get these puns? And do you know the difference between them? Well, we're here to tell you which Quebec wineries to visit this summer to expand your knowledge.

If you know that they're all types of wine, then you're off to a great start.

We all know that going to a winery is one of the best parts of the summer.

Knowing different wines are and how to describe them can take your happy hour dates to a whole new level.

Plus, you'll learn to never waste your time sippin' on a bad bottle of wine.

While it may seem overwhelming at first, there are some fantastic videos and guides to teach you the basics.

Everybody knows that the best way to learn something is to practice it.

So, here's a nice short guide to wine and the Quebec wineries to test your knowledge.


White Wine


Vidal

About: The commonly produced white wine in Quebec is a drier grape, meaning it leaves the palette with that coating sensation and has notes of pear and citrus, making it very refreshing.

Where to try: 807, Chemin de la Rivière N., Saint-Eustache, QC; Vignoble Rivière du Chêne William 

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Riesling

About: This popular wine can be either dry or sweet, but is more commonly thought of as sweet. It tends to have notes of orchard fruits, such as apple, pear and nectarine. 

Where to try: 1105, rue La Petite-Caroline, Rougemont, QC; Coteau Rougemont 

You cannot currently taste test at Coteau Rougemont, but you can still get yourself some local wine to try out later.

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Chardonnay

About: One of the world's favourite wines, chardonnay leans on the creamier side, with hints of vanilla, yellow apple and sometimes even butter.

Where to try: 85 Chemin Brome, Fulford, QC; Léon Courville Vigneron 

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Rosé


About: Many people think of rosé as being sweet and almost juice-like, but there are many varietals and flavour palettes to try.

Quebec rosé tends to be drier and fruitier, with hints of strawberry.

Where to try: 1500, Montée Champagne, Ste-Dorothée, Laval; Château Taillefer Lafon

This winery opens as of July 10.

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Red Wine


Marquette

About: Marquette grapes have definitely grown in popularity ⁠— in fact, the number of vineyards have more than doubled in the last six years.

It can be described as notes of black fruits, spices and flowers.

Where to try: 1285, rue Bruce, Dunham, QC; Château de cartes 

As of July 11, Château de cartes will be open every Saturday and Sunday.

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Pinot Noir

About: Pinot noir is the 10th-most grown grape in the world. 

It's light- to medium-bodied with a range of notes and subtleties present, with everything from cherry, to currant, to vanilla, to spice and many others.

Where to try: 4500, Chemin Strobl, Dunham, QC; Le Vignoble du Ruisseau 

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