The sommelier’s suggestions, for a successful après-ski


After an Olympic run that has you feeling like a world champion, a glass of bubbly is in order!
Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaïque, France
SAQ Code 12034216
Price $42.50

This is an affordable champagne, but one that is made uncompromisingly. The Mosaïque cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This champagne with texture and a low dosage leaves a fresh sensation on the palate, and will make for a classy aperitif when you come in off the slopes.

After donning our ski attire for the first time and working up a sweat, a white wine may be just what the doctor ordered.
Tawse Chardonnay 2012, Canada
SAQ Code 11039736
Price $22.95

This Chardonnay is one of my favourite affordable Canadian products. It’s a wine with lovely notes of ripe peach and white fruit. A subtle grilled flavour, imparted by oak barrel aging, makes it the perfect accompaniment for a nice aged Canadian cheddar at happy hour.

To warm you up, and because there’s nothing better than a glass of red wine by the fireplace, in good company.

My European suggestion
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2012, Italy
SAQ Code 879 841
Price $29.90

This certified organic family estate comprises 70 hectares in the heart of the Chianti region. This predominantly Sangiovese wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels. If you like Chianti, in my opinion this one is a reference in finesse, but does not lack personality. Its tannins are present and smoothed out. It will pair nicely with delicatessen meats and olives, perfect for those après-ski munchies.

My New World suggestion
Terre Rouge Easton Zinfandel 2012, United States
SAQ Code 897132
Price $26.50

For me, Zinfandel is a perfect winter grape. It offers a palate with aromas of ripe raspberry and mild spices and tannins that are present but well rounded. It can accompany finger foods like wings, or can be enjoyed on its own,in good company. Warning: as this is a full-bodied grape variety (read: it often yields an alcohol content of 14.5% or more), it will warm you up quickly.

Have a terrific ski season!

Élyse Lambert, contributor to

Though she has earned numerous awards (Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009, Canada’s Best Sommelier 2015, Master Sommelier, to name a few), Élyse Lambert keeps it simple when she talks about wine. Consultant and columnist, she has a passion for the journeys that a simple glass of wine can take her on.

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