Eating and drinking well in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Stillwell Beer Garden, Halifax

Just on my way out of Halifax, so I thought I’d report back on some of the eating and drinking options, most of which I visited more than once. It was a lot of fun.

Stillwell Bar

For beer: Stilwell. This is a fantastic craft beer bar, with good food, too. There [...]

A night at Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia

The judging team from the National Wine Awards of Canada were hosted at Nova Scotian winery Benjamin Bridge last night. It was the best of maritime hospitality. Owner Gerry McConnell has sourced enormous quantities of the best lobster I’d ever tasted, which we devoured greedily, washed down with the fabulous Benjamin Bridge sparkling wines.

Gerry [...]

Some more observations on Nova Scotia wine

So, some more thoughts about Nova Scotia wine. Sparkling is the direction for the future here. There will always be a local market for the Tidal Bay whites, and similar hybrid-based clean, fruity, appealing lighter-style wines. There will even be a strictly local future for the well made, chunky hybrid reds. But this is a [...]

In Nova Scotia, Canada

For the last four days I have been in Nova Scotia, Canada. My primary reason for visiting was to take part in the Atlantic Wine Symposium, but I also had a couple of days to tour around wine country here. This supplemented a visit last September. Vines were first planted here in the early 1980s, [...]

Michelle Bouffard on Canadian wine at MUST 2017

 

‘We don’t live in igloos and polar bears are not our best friends,’ began Michelle Bouffard, in her talk that introduced the audience to Canadian wine. ‘We have rattlesnakes.’ Canada’s wine industry struggles to get past ice wine in the perception of consumers outside the country. But there’s now a significant, diverse offering of Canadian [...]

Little Farm Pied de Cuve Chardonnay 2015 Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada

I’ve been impressed by the wines from Rhys Pender and Alison Dredger’s Little Farm winery in the Similkameen Valley. This is a valley next door to the Okanagan in Canada’s BC,  and their 4 acre organic vineyard is in in Cawston. I reckon this is their best yet. It’s the first release of this naturally [...]

Benjamin Bridge Brut 2011 Nova Scotia, Canada

Had another opportunity to try this beauty. I visited Benjamin Bridge last year, and I’m really impressed with what they are doing. These wines have very high acidity, so they won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but I think they are serious, and will get better with the viticultural and winemaking changes that have been implemented.

Benjamin [...]

Vancouver wine festival: two trans-Canada tastings

Here are my notes from the last two seminars that I have to write up from the Vancouver International Wine Festival. These were both sessions that covered Canada’s coast-to-coast wine regions, from Nova Scotia in the east to British Columbia in the west. A spectrum of price points and wines are represented here. The take-home [...]

The wines of British Columbia, Canada: diversity and purity

This seminar at the Vancouver Wine Festival looked at the diversity of wines coming from British Colombia, and followed on from a previous session focusing on some more of the region’s wines. I was on the panel, which was very well led by Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring, and which included Rhys Pender and terroir [...]

Canadian wine at the Vancouver wine fest: sparkling wine

There’s a buzz around sparkling wine at the moment. Sparkling wine sales account for 11% of global wine sales and this market is growing by 4.5% annually. And it’s something that Canada has a talent for, with its cool climate wine regions.

This seminar, moderated by Dr Janet Dorozynski, looked at Canadian sparkling wine. Of late [...]