What's In My Home Bar These Days

September 25, 2016


If you’re not into stories, skip to the list now! First of, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that I hardly drink these days. Unless I’m out for a special occasion or at a media event where the actual product is alcohol, I will skip out on that drink so I can stay on track at the gym and on my diet.

I’ve been really strict on my body since fall 2013, when I started Crossfit and sort of reprogrammed my lifestyle. Celebrating 3 years of mostly clean eating and weekly workouts (at the box or elsewhere), I’ve come to a realization that if I’m to stay this way for the rest of my life, some small changes need to be made so I can enjoy life fully.

The biggest change is my openness to alcohol and going out for a drink. Because I never want to ruin next day’s workout or my work productivity, I kind of automatically say no to anything that involves alcohol and late hours. For a while, this worked for me but after 3 years, I realize I’ve missed out on so many social gatherings with friends that I truly care for.

Considering I used to be the main person to organize pre-drinks, it only makes sense for me to build a decent collection of bottles to have guests over this fall! So here’s what I got so far ;)

Mionetto Prosecco

Mionetto Prosecco Canada

Mionetto Prosecco Canada

I received this bottle from the company a few weeks ago and I love it. Seriously, it’s my new staple for a celebration drink. Sold at SAQ for only $18.95, why spend 4-5 times the price on Champagne when you can grab a couple of those? And if you believe that when it comes to bubbles, only Champagne is good, here’s a little article that could change your mind. Remember that you’re paying for a region of the world and not a quality standard. (But Laurent-Perrier will always be my number 1 Champagne!)

Norman Hardie Riesling 2015

Norman Hardie

Norman Hardie

I visited Norman Hardie early September while spending the long weekend in Prince Edward County. I came to try and buy Pinot Noir but ended up staying for the Riesling and pizza! I will write more about this place soon in a travel article about PEC. Until then, here’s a fun fact: the wine served at Joe Beef from comes this place!

Closson Chase Pinot Noir 2013

Closson Chase Vineyards

Closson Chase Vineyards

Closson Chase was also part of my Prince Edward County trip and this time, I bought the 2013 Pinot Noir! More about this place soon ;)

Tortured Path Apple Cider

A Tortured Path apple cider. iPolitics/Cynthia Münster

A Tortured Path apple cider. iPolitics/Cynthia Münster

Last bottle bought from my PEC trip, this cider comes from the prettiest orchard I have visited so far. I also bought a bottle of their Blood Orange cider but wasn’t a fan of it after all. This one’s a keeper though.

Jack Daniel’s Gentlemen Jack

Jack Daniel's Gentlemen Jack

Jack Daniel’s Gentlemen Jack

I received this very cool bottle from Jack Daniel’s to promote their Barrel Hunt, which ends on September 30th. I’m so happy to have one bottle of whiskey because I used to be a big scotch and bourbon fan.

Bù by Jessica Harnois


I went to the popup launch of the Bù wines that are selected by the awesome Jessica Harnois. My favorite wine event is still the wine tasting party she threw a few years ago at Impasto. What’s cool about these wines is that they’re sold in grocery stores AND in SAQs (except for Glissando which is only found in grocery stores). I never dare buying wines in grocery stores but considering I tasted all of those, I’m happy to recommend and choose this brand.


This wraps my little collection for now. I do have my eyes on the Kraken rum and Bulleit bourbon, two products I have had before and love!

Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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