Half-litre Bottles of Wine in Montreal
Hiya, does anyone know which SAQ(s) in the Montreal area has the biggest selection of *half-litre* bottles of decent red wine? Bonus points for anything in the West End or downtownish. Hubby has already tried the SAQs on Monkland, Somerled & St-Jacques (near Loblaws), as well as at Rockland, but the selection is pretty limited.
Thanks for any help!
You know, given the uninspiring selection and relative expense of half bottles, hubby's best bet might be to buy full bottles and invest $12.55 in a can of Private Preserve, which is sold at many SAQ outlets. Then, when he uncorks a full bottle, he can transfer half the contents into a half bottle, squirt in some inert gas (which acts as a barrier to air and impedes oxidation), seal the bottle with a screwcap, stopper or cork and stick it in the fridge. I've kept bottles up to three weeks this way with little apparent deterioration.
usually the different SAQs will have a couple of standard 1/2 liter bottles and then each one will have a few bottles that the others might not have. So, my advice is when you see an SAQ stop by and look,
also, i found the SAQ near loblaws behind the radisson metro (penultimate station on green line going east) to have a bigger collection than the ones close to me. Just make sure to ask where their 1/2 liters are since they have them in two different locations in the store (one location for nicer wines)
I realize you are asking for wines "in Montreal." I live in Montreal, but I’ve been able to scoop up quite a number of smaller format table wines in the Niagara region, when visiting the wineries directly. I don't know if many ship to Quebec, but here's the general web site, and it is possible there is a much wider selection of smaller format table wines this way: http://winesofontario.org/
Maybe someone there could help you.
I did look into one winery that stuck in my memory:
An organic winery, that regularly sells 500 ml format. I’ve bought the Cab Franc, great for the summer. All the wines I’ve tasted there are light, but tasty. This is a younger winery, and I think it is really great what they’re doing there. 10$ delivery charge per order (doesn’t seem to matter how much you order – that seems like a great deal) within Ontario, for other provinces, it says “please contact us”.
I think the answer is none. 500 ml isn't a very popular format for dry wines though a few winemakers (e.g. Radikon) are opting for it. Glancing quickly through the listings at www.saq.com and excluding dep "wines," I saw slightly more than half a dozen dry reds and zero dry whites (quite a few sweet whites, however). The Atwater outlet appears to have several of them.
Half bottles (375 ml) are a different story.
Château Le Puy Bordeaux Côtes de Francs 2003 - 5617, avenue de Monkland
Brouilly Georges Duboeuf 2007 - 6600, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, 2675, avenue Van Horne, 2313, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, 4855, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Costalunga Bersano Barbera d'Asti 2006 - Dollard-des-Ormeaux boul. St-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux boul. De Salaberry, Dorval rue Carson