BYOB Montréal: Be Your Own Sommelier

In Montréal, BYOBs (Bring Your Own Bottle restaurants) have some of the best chefs in the city and don’t charge a corking fee. Here are some recommendations of places to dine from author Sacha Jackson.

Ruta del Vino de Casablanca in the Chilean Heartland

Midway between Valparaíso and Santiago, several wineries have united to promote the Casablanca valley, one of Chile’s fastest-growing and most accessible wine regions. Best known for its whites, the Ruta del Vino de Casablanca enjoys a cool oceanic climate, though afternoons can get warm. As nearly all the wineries are on or near Ruta 68, they are convenient to public transportation; several have accommodations and restaurants.

Ruta del Vino in Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe

The Valle de Guadalupe is an internationally recognized winemaking region that has been gaining attention from Southern California residents and the US travel press in recent years. Baja California wines are shipped all over Mexico and Western Europe, but because of US and Canadian trade policies, they weren’t exported north of the border until recent years, and are still difficult to find in Canada and the United States.