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A fall wine to-do list 

Drink up with this round-up of tastings, dinners and other special wine-inspired events.

DANIEL DOMINIC
  • DANIEL DOMINIC

Nova Scotia Harvest Wine Festival
Inspired by harvest season, and our fruitful local wine industry, this six-week event—presented by Taste of Nova Scotia and Wines of Nova Scotia—has restaurants, wineries and tour providers working together to host experiences across the province. Since September 15, Nova Scotia Harvest Wine Festival has been toasting the various growers and makers our industry has to offer with fun stuff—and you can bet there are way too many events to list here. Find some stand-outs in this list, and the whole shebang at nsharvestwinefestival.ca.
Until October 31, various locations


Winemaker's Dinner: Explore Chile
Santa Rita winemaker Sebastián Labbé guides a four-course dinner, paired to perfection. Thu Sep 26, Antojo Tacos + Tequila, 1667 Argyle Street, $140, ticketatlantic.com


Winemaker's Dinner: Explore Argentina
German di Cesare, winemaker for Trivento winery, visits with a crash course in his award-winning wines—paired with a four-course meal. Thu Sep 26, Agricola Street Brasserie, 2540 Agricola Street, $150, ticketatlantic.com


NSLC Festival of Wines Grand Tastings
Treat your tastebuds to a journey through South America at this annual event—there'll be over 300 bottles to try from the region and beyond. Remember to stay hyrdrated and have a buddy to monitor your purple teeth. Fri Sep 27 and Sat Sep 28, Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, 1-4pm and 7-10pm, $65, ticketatlantic.com


Chocolate & Port Tasting
Live music from Roland Smith and local gourmet chocolate! Sat Sep 28, Saine Famille Vineyards,
11 Dudley Park Lane, Falmouth, 2-4pm, $15


Annual Wines of Nova Scotia Dinner
There are limited seats for this multi-course meal, reserve yours at lecaveau@grandprewines.ns.ca. Le Caveau, 11611 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Grand Pre, 6:30pm


Six-course dinner at Mosher House
Get all the feels and flavours at this 1800s farmhouse with Avondale Sky's chef Justin Floyd. Sat Sep 28, Avondale Sky Winery & Restaurant,
80 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale, $80-120


Winemaker's Table: A Harvest Dinner
Winemakers Alexandra Beaulieu Boivin of Elmwood Winery, Bruce Ewert of L'Acadie Vineyards, Simon Rafuse of Blomidon Estate, Josh Horton of Lightfoot & Wolfville and Jean-Benoit Deslauriers of Benjamin Bridge collaborate with Obladee's chef on a specific dish and its pairing. Thu Oct 3, Obladee a wine bar, 1600 Barrington Street, 6:30-9pm, $120 per person


Lightfoot & Wolfville Harvest Table
The third annual pairing of some new releases and farm-to-table eats in the barrel cellar. Fri Oct 4, Lightfoot & Wolfville, 11143 Evangeline Trail, Wolfville, 7-10pm, $125


Nova Scotia Harvest Wine Festival
Grand Tasting
Wineries from across the province gather to share their signature wines (and local food to pair with them) for one night of harvest season celebration. Sat October 5, Wolfville Farmers' Market, 24 Elm Avenue, Wolfville, 6:30-9:30pm, $65


Wine & Chocolate Sensory Evaluation Evening
Chocolate sommelier and chocolate maker Gabrielle Breault leads a tasting that'll be paired with picks from Gaspereau's sommelier Craig Campbell. Thu Oct 10, Gaspereau Vineyards, 2239 White Rock Road, 7-10pm, $40, ccampbell@gaspereauwine.com


Harvest Fest
Special deals and live music. Seagrape Cafe,
48 Vintage Lane, Malagash, 12pm-5pm


Tasting on the trail
Take a hike of the Avondale Trail system (about 2.5 kilometres) complete with wine tasting breaks and stories along the way. Sat Oct 12, Avondale Sky Winery, 80 Avondale Cross Road, 1-3pm, $40


Harvest Soup Luncheon
Enjoy the harvest's pickings by the spoonful
Thu Oct 17, Gaspereau Vinyards, 2239 White Rock Road, 11am-2pm, $12


Inspire your senses
Get to know the flavours of Grand Pré Wines from grape to bottle, and get a complimentary vineyard tour. Sat Oct 19, Grand Pre Wines, 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré, 11am-4pm


Fall Into Flavour
Delicious collabs between Benjamin Bridge and Halifax's Brooklyn Warehouse result in a five-course pairing meal. Sun Oct 27, Brooklyn Warehouse, 2795 Windsor Street, 6-11pm, $125


TOURS
Grape Escapes Wine Tours
Take a private tour, escape the city for lunch or traverse the Good Cheer Trail—Grape Escapes offers many options for wine enthusiasts of all kinds. novascotiawinetours.com


Magic Winery Bus
Double decker, double the fun. This tour helps you hop on and hop off at some of the valley's finest vineyards. magicwinerybus.ca


Uncork Nova Scotia
Get Between the Vines on a tour with tastings, lunch and a trip to wander the Tangled Garden. wp.winetoursns.com

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