Chez Lavigne
By YP Contributor

Saint-Henri's Wine Bar

Chez Lavigne is more than just a gathering place for the wine lovers of Montreal's St-Henri neighbourhood. Since March 11, 2016, it's also been the second home of proud owners Eric Bernard and Catherine Tremblay. Eric, with a background in marketing, is responsible for the daily running of the place. As for Catherine, as an experienced sommelier, she mainly deals with the wine list. Together, they form a strong duo, creating a unique restaurant and bar with Chez Lavigne.

"We set up in St-Henri, where my family lives. It's a neighbourhood that I know like the back of my hand," says Eric. It was their shared passion for wine that prompted Eric and Catherine to open their own bar. "We picked the décor to suit, but also the name. Lavigne is an old name that also refers to the wine," says the manager as he sits in Chez Lavigne's warm decor that truly reflects the spirit and passion of the owners.

We are among the few to offer a list of live wines, which means no commercial yeast has been added. - Eric Bernard, co-owner
Chez Lavigne is also the second home of its proud owners, Eric Bernard and Catherine Tremblay.

Celebrating all that is Natural

"We are among the few to offer a list of live wines, which means no commercial yeast has been added," says Eric, who prefers natural wines by selecting the least processed products with the shortest possible distribution channels. He applies the same philosophy to the food. "It's always fresh, and we take care in what we eat. We know where it comes from," he adds. At Chez Lavigne, the emphasis is on local producers.

"The décor is designed to illustrate what wine means to us," says Eric. The bar and the central column of the room are in the shape of a bottle with people sitting around, embodying the unifying concept of this wine bar, which has also started a wine club for lovers of natural and local wines.

The menu at Chez Lavigne emphasizes local producers and changes with the seasons.

A Seasonal Menu

"What sets us apart is our wine list. I'm sure that everyone puts care into the food and serves it with love. But our wine list is something out of the ordinary," says Eric. The list is based on the taste and experience that Eric and Catherine want to offer according to the time of year. The wine is approached in the same way as the food: the wine list and the menu change regularly with the seasons.

Seafood, dumplings, salads and seasonal soups are just a few of the starters to be found on the menu. For the main course, there's a choice of fish, meat, chicken or a seasonal vegetarian dish. And to finish, a few desserts. "Our reason for doing this is to share our passion. I am very proud of what we offer," says Eric.

Chez Lavigne is also the second home of its proud owners Eric Bernard and Catherine Tremblay.
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