February 1, 2019

Les Rosiers, Elmwood Winery

While driving to Walmart in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, I noticed a sign pointing to a winery that I did not know existed. Although Elmwood Winery was closed for the season, the owners, Heather and John Cartwright, graciously invited me in. From their impeccably maintained organic (not certified yet) vineyard, I drove away with an L’Acadie blanc and this rosé, Les Rosiers, blended with the unusual combination of baco noir, muscat, L’Acadie blanc.

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December 17, 2018

2016 Riesling, Tussock Jumper

Baby, it’s cold outside. Let’s drink to a reindeer wearing a red jumper!

This Riesling hails from Nierstein in Rheinhessen, Germany. The climate there is dry and warm with soil high in mineral content. These grapes are harvested fully ripe and vinified in stainless steel. Fermented wine is left to lay on the yeast lees longer than usual (this is called aging sur lie) to create a richer, softer, creamy texture.

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October 30, 2018

2017 Hard Chard, 19 Crimes

19 Crimes is a tribute to British criminals convicted and “punished by transportation” to Australia’s penal colony by Queen Victoria.

You can download an app to your smart phone on Google play or iTunes, point your phone to the label, and the criminal on the wine label will start talking and tell you what their crime was. Each wine features a different criminal. On this chardonnay, Jane Castings reveals her crime!

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October 17, 2018

2017 Campo Flores Blanco

Campo Flores Blanco comes from the province of Cuenca, in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The grapes are a fifty-fifty mix of verdejo and sauvignon blanc, grown organically from farms in nearby Manzanares. Verdejo is considered a Spanish grape, and it is, but it came from North Africa in the eleventh century.

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August 17, 2018

5 Ways to Explore Nova Scotia in the Fall

You’re missing out if you aren’t exploring Nova Scotia in the fall. Aside from legendary fall colours, you can find apple picking, all kinds of fall festivals, and your choice of cider, whiskey, and even vodka tasting.

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