The throwback of the Canadian Grand Prix

Since 1978, Montreal has been fortunate to host the great circus of Formula 1. Against the enchanting backdrop of Île Notre-Dame, fans – myself included – have had the privilege of watching the racing cars go by while sipping a small glass of Wine. It was an opportunity to open beautiful bottles that we shared with friends in a festive atmosphere.

But not this year.

For the first time in its existence, bringing alcohol onto the Grand Prix du Canada site is prohibited. Justification: Protection of the pilots. However, there has never been an unfortunate incident involving alcohol consumption on site. Even more contradictory: You can buy alcohol once you’ve passed the turnstiles. In fact, you can mainly buy Heineken, the official sponsor of F1. And the asking price for a can is the same as a box of six in the supermarket. For the wine, don’t even think about it. Instead you get lemonade or pieces of melon (at ridiculous prices). Did this decision come from Liberty Media, the new American company that now manages Formula 1? Or is it François Dumontier’s Octane group (owned by Bell) who just want to pocket a little more? Already the cost of tickets to visit the Grand Prix is ​​extremely high, frankly such a decision is pathetic. In addition, it is the only place where such a ban exists, having had the opportunity to compete in several other world Grands Prix (England, France, Monaco, Spain) and many races in the United States. In short, we’re taking a step backwards in Montreal. We hope to revisit that decision next year and get back to drinking our own wine at this great race weekend.


I leave you with exciting news. So new that the wine is not yet commercially available, but it will be shortly. This is a very good Quebec Chardonnay made in Dunham by L’Espiègle, a brand new producer. Unfiltered or fined, the wine has a slightly veiled robe. Initially reserved, the nose opens with notes of honey, fresh grass, cereals and citrus fruits. A “Nordic” profile with good density material and vertical reach. Good acidity and quality bitters that help prolong the flavors on the finish. I haven’t been told the price yet, but the quality is remarkable. to monitor.

L’Espiègle, Dawn in the East 2020, Quebec

??? $ – Available online soon – 12.5% ​​- nd g/L

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