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Perfect your passion

A woman in a yellow sweater looks closely at a glass vessel holding red wine. She is in a wine-making area.
Jerusha Young-Connor grew up tending her family’s vineyard in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Her appreciation for the work drew her to NSCC’s Cool Climate Wine and Viticulture program. Now at the forefront of the industry, Jerusha looks forward to wrapping up her studies and perfecting the province’s reds and whites.

“We’re producing incredible wines in Nova Scotia. I’m excited to play a part in growing our industry’s reputation across Canada and around the world.”

Learn more about Jerusha’s experience in her own words:

Q: What made you decide to pursue a career in viticulture?
I’m very inspired by the growth of the industry here. There are so many amazing people working hard to create incredible Nova Scotian wines, and I really want to be a part of that.

Q: What do you want people to know about Nova Scotian wines and the province’s growing presence in the industry?
I think there’s a stigma about Nova Scotian reds; there are many great red wines being produced here and I think more people should give them a chance!

Q: What advice do you have for the novice wine drinker who’s looking to learn more?
The best way to develop your palate is to keep trying different wines. Also, be mindful when you’re eating or drinking other things and notice how they taste and smell. This will help you identify certain characteristics in wine.

Q: What are your three favourite Nova Scotian wines?
My top 3 wines right now are: L’Acadie Vineyards’ 2013 Vintage Cuvée Rosé, Grand Pré’s Haskap Sparkling and Lightfoot & Wolfville’s 2012 Blanc de Blanc Brut Nature.

Q: What have you liked best about your NSCC experience?
My program isn’t finished until December. But so far, the best part of NSCC is my instructors. They’re all extremely knowledgeable and very great teachers!

Q: Any advice for the next generation of NSCC students?
Slow down and enjoy the process of learning your trade.