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The Rhône Valley Wines ends the Burger Week in style

Just a few weeks ago, it was Le Burger Week, and to finish this festival in a big way, the Rhône Valley Wines invited a few bloggers to a festive happy hour to make us do the best wine pairings between their wines and 3 burgers under the watchful eye of Marie-Hélène Boisvert, L’Apprentie Sommelière!

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Marie-Hélène Boisvert

Marie-Hélène Boisvert, L’Apprentie Sommelière
Credit: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Personally, it was really a discovery to learn more about the Rhône Valley Wines, especially as this event was held at  Monsieur Restaurant+Bar of the chef Kimberly Lallouz, who I had the chance to meet at the C2-Montreal earlier this spring. So, for this evening were present the co-founders of Burger Week, Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam.

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Château Grand Escalion

Château Grand Escalion
Credit: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

We are greeted by a beautiful house with an awesome rosé wine from the area of Costières de Nîmes, Le Grand Escalion, a fresh and floral wine unfortunately almost unavailable at the SAQ at this time. After this superb welcoming by the Sopexa team, we head to the heart of the matter, which is to learn more about the Rhône Valley Wines. But what is the Rhône Valley? This is the AOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) where the great wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape is from, but it is also the second French region most exported to Canada and they represent 14% of sales of French wines at the SAQ. It must be said that a bottle of the Rhone Valley is eaten every 12 seconds in the world, which is pretty amazing.

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Présentation

Marie-Hélène Boisvert, L’Apprentie Sommelière and Laure Vaissermann, Inter Rhône Media Account Manager 
Credit: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

A night made of highlights with Rhône Valley Wines

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Kimberly Lallouz et Marie-Hélène Boivert

Marie-Hélène Boisvert & Kimberly Lallouz
Credit: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

For this evening, it was, as I said earlier to give our highlights between 3 burgers and the wines that it pairs best with. L’Apprentie Sommelièere, Marie-Hélène Boisvert, guided us with her personal choice, and we had to find those as we went along with each of the burgers.

Here are the wines

White Wines:

The Luberon, by Marrenon, a private import from Sélections Fréchette.

The pairing with the Wafburg (which won the Most Creative Burger Award at le Burger Week), a burger made with waffles bacon, fried chicken from the soon to open BirdBar restaurant, a spicy mayonnaise with BBQ sauce sauce with whiskey and maple bacon, jalapenos fees, iceberg lettuce, fresh coriander and chives, from Monsieur Restaurant + Bar was a delight!

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Classique Luberon Blanc

Marie Charest, taking a photo of the Luberon.
Credit: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Vins Rouges:

It was a beautiful evening during which I found easy wine to drink, so a few days later I went to my SAQ buy the Domaine de la Présidente mentioned above. As it is a fairly light wine, you need to go with a mild cheese such as Curé Hébert from Fromagerie l’Autre Versant.

Vins de la Vallée du Rhône - Plateau

Dégustation maison d’un vin de la Vallée du Rhône
Crédit: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Finally, this event, in addition to giving me the urge to drink more wines of the Rhone Valley, also made me want to learn more about them. All thanks to the wonderful books received at the event with which I am presently immersed.

Le Burger Week Big Winners!

As for Burger Week, it concluded just before the event day. Fierce competition to the end with burgers just as amazing as each other. Here are the winners of the different categories:

Judges choice award -> « Le TOUSI » from Chez Tousignant

Most healthy award -> « Le Grand Sumac » from Copper Branch

Burger Week: Copper Branch

Credit: Olya Krasavina

Tallest burger award – > The « McDirtyBird All-Star Deluxe »du Pub Bishop & Bagg

Burger Week Bishop & Bagg

Crédit: Olya Krasavina

ACE Bakery award -> The « Pig Mac » from Blackstrap BBQ

Burger Week: Blackstrap BBQ

Credit: Olya Krasavina

Burger de l’Année -> The  «Cheeseburger wrapped in bacon» from restaurant Le Gras Dur which celebrates its first anniversary this week. Go tell them a little hello in the restaurant or go see them at the closing event for the First Fridays at the Olympic Stadium on Friday October 7th.

Burger Week: Le Gras Dur

Credit: Olya Krasavina


I could not finish this post without a little hello to Sommelier Fou, David Pelletier who left us this weekend. It had been a few times but it was always a pleasure to read you. David drink to our health.


Source: Sopexa & Rose PR

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