I think the little skiff of snow that we received this week has got me into the holiday spirit especially early. As I drove home with the snow clinging beautifully to the trees, my mind began to wander to the joy of gathering in celebration over the Holiday season. And what better way to celebrate than with a glass of our favorite libation, wine! Nothing says “it’s time to celebrate” than sparkling wine in your glass. With the release of (and almost sold out) Benjamin Bridge method classique sparkling wines a few weeks ago it has concreted the fact that Nova Scotia is quickly becoming the trendiest sparkling wine region to hit the market! In fact, at the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards (CWA) it was a Nova Scotia wine, the L’Acadie Vineyards “Prestige Brut” that received top honours in the Sparkling category…this was the first time a Nova Scotia wine beat out a BC or Ontario wine to make the top of the list but probably not the last time! Below I have featured some elegant descriptions of what Nova Scotia has to offer for method traditional sparkling wines. Both won medals at the Canadian Wine Awards, both feature regional defining grapes and are examples of the breadth of wine making ability that we have in our province. So this holiday season add some sparkle to your festivities and tip your glass to Nova Scotia, guaranteed to put you into the holiday spirit!
Non Vintage Champlain, Domaine de Grand Pre
(CWA Bronze Medal)
At the Cellar Door: $ 29.50
A delightful wine that was created in honour of Domaine de Grand Pre’s 10th Anniversary, boy time flies when you’re making good wine! This wine is a classic Brut…dry, fresh, loaded with crisp apple notes and all tied together with aromas of lemon biscuits. Made from a blend of L’Acadie Blanc and Seyval Blanc, made with Swiss precision in true Nova Scotia style!
2008 Vintage Cuvee, L’Acadie Vineyards
(CWA Bronze Medal)
At the Cellar Door and at select NSLC stores: $ 26.50
This wine will definitely be a crowd pleaser at your next gathering! Made from a blend of L’Acadie Blanc and Seyval Blanc, it is beautifully balanced with a slight hint of residual sugar. The wine was aged on its lees for 18 months which adds complexity to tempt your taste buds…a charming wine, at a charming price :)
Check out the full results for the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards in the current issue of Wine Access .