Monday, August 22, 2011

Les Trois Clochers, a winery in Quebec's Eastern Townships

It is very hard to pick a favourite vignoble in Quebec's Eastern Townships because they all have their unique charms. However, if I have to pick just one, it would be the winery Les Trois Clochers.

The boutique is in an old barn, full of lovely wines and sweetly furnished. The grounds are very secluded and overlook three churches in the nearby city of Dunham, Que.

It is so peaceful and rustic as you can see from the photos. The grounds had little treasures dotted here and there, like an old barrel, a weathered wooden door and a piece of long-forgotten farming equipment. We had lunch on a picnic table under a tree. For a while, we were the only living things there, with the exception of the owners' two turkeys, who were quite nice company!

Like many of the wineries in this region, this one is about 30 years old. It's first vines were planted in 1986. We had a tasting and bought a bottle of their blanc boisé, a dry oaked white, which was very light and fresh, and made from Seyval grapes.

We drank it later with my family and some nice cheeses bought on the same road trip: one from Ferme Diodati just outside of Montreal, and another from Saint-Benoît, an abbey in the Eastern Townships whose monks produce their own cheeses. (More on these extraordinary places later.)

Vignoble Les Trois Clochers
341, rue Bruce RR 3
Dunham, QC J0E 1M0

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wine tour of Quebec's Eastern Townships

Time for a long-overdue feature on our trip to Quebec's Eastern Townships, where we visited an abbey that makes cheeses and ciders (St. Benoît), and toured several of the region's wineries (more on those later). The photo above shows some of the wines we bought during our visit. We stayed at À La Maison Campbell, a B&B run by Jean and Danielle Goyer, who make delicious, delightful breakfasts. We also ate at several nice restaurants, our favourite meal being mussels and fries at La Table Alain Roger. It's a place that specializes in, well, mussels and fries! I have never tasted mussels like this before. So much flavour and such a high quality. The fries were great too, and came with several different kinds of mustard and mayonnaise for dipping.

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