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The fantastical Nicole Raufeisen

The fantastical Nicole Raufeisen

A standout in Halifax’s drinks scene, Little Oak and The Ostrich Club sommelier wants to talk about wine in a way that resonates.
Nicole Raufeisen, manager and sommelier at Little Oak (recently named one of Canada's Best 100 Restaurants for the second year in a row) and The Ostrich Club, sure can sell a person on wine.

Six fall foods and the local wines to drink with them

Wise words on seasonal pairing from three wine experts.
Sandals season isn't completely over (so sue me) but technically fall has arrived—it's just about time to wear rust-coloured sweaters, eat tiny chocolate bars and avoid turning the thermostat up.

Three wine myths, debunked

Prepare to get schooled in sulfites, boxed wine and screw off caps.
Myth:

A fall wine to-do list

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

Mermaids and Merlot's no-pressure, no-pretension guide to wine

Jessica Babin’s wine club brings women together to get more comfortable and confident around the drink.
The first rule of Jessica Babin’s wine club is that there are no rules. You don’t have to be an expert, or have any intention of being an expert, drink with her.

Weathering the storm: How the changing climate affects our vineyards

After a late frost and a sweltering summer, Nova Scotia’s grape-growers discuss forging forward in the face of unpredictable conditions.
This year’s record-breaking warm, dry summer gave grape-growers and winemakers a sweet taste of what climate change has in store for Nova Scotia. That heat came just after a freeze in early June—late in the season for a frost so severe—offered another, bitter, glimpse at what climate change will look like in our vineyards.

A Festival of Wines Grand Tastings survival guide

Six tips for staying focussed during this massive tasting event.
Festival of Wines Grand Tastings Saturday 28-29, 1-4 & 7-10 pm Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road $65, ticketatlantic.com

Avondale Sky's blank canvas

Chef Justin Floyd is letting the space help dictate the food at Newport Landing’s winery and its soon-to-be events space, Mosher House.
Avondale Sky Winery 80 Avondale Cross Road Newport Landing

Benjamin Bridge is a force of nature

Curious, creative and inspired by its eccentric geography, Benjamin Bridge’s timeless taste and innovative spirit are elevating Nova Scotia wine culture.
The tide is high in the Bay of Fundy.

Five new-to-Nova-Scotia grape varieties

A ripe for the picking rundown of what’s new on the vines.
As an emerging wine region, Nova Scotia faces constant questions about what grapes to plant and nurture for wine.

Thinking outside the vines

From the south shore to Cape Breton, the wine regions outside of the Annapolis Valley navigate a unique set of challenges—and advantages.
T he Annapolis, Gaspereau and Avon River valleys and their concentrated cluster of wineries contribute undeniable richness to Nova Scotia's wine landscape.

Four local wines to hunt down

Local wine experts weigh in on what homegrown bottles they’re drinking.
Lesley Quinn, sommelier at The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster BarDrink of choice: 2015 Mercator Sauvage Sur Lie "It's one of the first white wines in Nova Scotia that I feel has shown real complexity.

Annapolis royalty: a first look at Lightfoot & Wolfville

A trip to the just-opened, epic winery where heritage and modernity meet on the shores of the Minas Basin.
L ightfoot & Wolfville is a winery that was planted by a farm, a wonderful expression of what can be grown in Nova Scotia.

Warner Vineyards—Nova Scotia's grape god

The province’s largest indie grape grower, Warner Vineyards, is growing the industry, one vine at a time.
It’s been a dry summer.

NSCC raises a class

NSCC’s Kingstec campus invests in the next generation of Nova Scotia wine makers.
The Nova Scotia Community College's campus in Kentville is bearing more fruit than ever before.

Viticulture shock

With the help of Dalhousie’s Sean Myles, Warner Vineyards has become a breeding ground for new, innovative grapes varietals.
Sean Myles has been working on breeding new grape varieties since 2011, when he partnered with Hans Christian Jost—the then-owner of Jost Vineyards—on a cross of Muscat and L'Acadie Blanc grapes.

Message in a bottle: 5 wine picks from local experts

The bar scene’s trustworthy wine experts weigh in on what you should be drinking right now.
So far, this fall isn't really all that fall-like—not that we're complaining.

The Wine Lover's Guide to Atlantic Canada reads between the vines

Moria Peters and Craig Pinhey team up to write an ode to the region’s winemaking industry.
Moira Peters knows a lot about wine.

Take a sip of the Fall Wine Guide

This week we’re doing it all for the vine. From our mind grapes to yours, a celebration of Nova Scotia's wine.

Orderly conduct

Tips on remaining chill while ordering wine in a restaurant.
It happens more than you'd like to admit—you're trying to make a good impression when you're handed the wine list and the anxiety begins.

Five wines for $15 and under

Because you don’t have to shell out top dollar for great wine.
You don't have to sacrifice taste for price if you know where to look.

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Vol 27, No 20
October 10, 2019

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