Not too long ago I had the opportunity to travel to Montreal for work. I have been to Montreal previously for fun – a long weekend in the summer – so I was looking forward to a return visit. Until, that is, I looked at my schedule for my time there. First, they had me booked into a hotel at the airport (I could have walked). The meetings I was part of were also at the airport hotel. And they had me so tight time-wise that I literally couldn’t leave the property. It was a work trip, and that’s exactly what I did the entire time I was there. One bright spot was that I got to pull out some of my college French and put it to use. It’s been a few years, but I managed to get some appreciative nods and smiles from attendees when I opened my portion of the meetings with a sentence or two in French. After all the hustle and bustle of the meetings, etc., I finally had a moment to relax – in the airport terminal waiting for my return flight. Ha!
photo by FRED
Finding a restaurant called Houston Bar & Grill just steps from the gate, I sat down for a bite and a swig. I chose their Classic Burger and a glass of wine. Since I was in Canada, I asked for a domestic offering. When in Rome and all ….
Wine: Reserve Merlot, Niagara Estate
Appellation: Niagara, Canada
Price: $13.95 (Canadian)
Notes: I thought this was surprisingly light-bodied. At first sip it seemed quite peppery with a fruit core of cherry, hints of cassis, some tobacco, and spice notes lingering on the finish. Funny thing was that as the wine breathed, the flavors subsided significantly. They were still there but weren’t nearly as present on the palate. This was my first glass of Canadian wine, so I’ll have to do some more sipping and exploring. Don’t expect another work trip north again any time soon. Next time, though, I’ll try to wrest a few more moments from the schedule for fun and more Canadian vin.