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Get a feel for the state of Nova Scotia’s wine industry by trying these five picks from sommelier


Nova Scotia wines have gained momentum to the point that the rest of Canada takes notice, especially of our aromatic Tidal Bay white blends and bubblies made using the “traditional method” as per Champagne. But the main thing is that Nova Scotians are drinking more of our own wines---that’s what creates a sustainable industry.

Blomidon Crémant, $24.99 Crémant is the term used in France for Traditonal Method sparkling wines that aren’t from Champagne. Blomidon’s version, made from a blend of Seyval Blanc, L’Acadie Blanc and Chardonnay, is in the slightly sweet, fruity style, with ripe apple notes and fresh acidity.

Gaspereau Warner Vineyard Riesling 2011, $17.99 Gaspereau is well respected for Riesling; this off-dry version won a silver medal at the 2012 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards. It has Riesling’s classic wet stone and green apple notes, plus a wonderful freshness.

Petite Riviere Silk Sheets 2011, $21.99 Petite Riviere is proving that the South Shore has suitable terroir for red wine. This dry, earthy red made from Leon Millot has nice weight, dark fruit and balance, making it a very serviceable food wine.

Sainte Famille Tidal Bay 2012, $19.99 All the aromatic Tidal Bay blends are worth trying, and this is a good example. Made from L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Muscat, it has the tree fruit, floral aromatics and freshness expected from the Tidal Bay appellation.

Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2005, $74.79 If you want to truly understand how great our sparkling wine can be, you need to splurge on a Benjamin Bridge Brut. Share the cost with friends and taste “blind” next to Champagne for a learning experience.

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