HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to speak with local wine makers, taste the fruits of their labour and compare them to wines from around the world as the NSLC hosts the 23rd annual Festival of Wines next week.
The premier event will showcase more than 350 wines from 12 countries, including varieties from 15 celebrated Nova Scotia wineries.
“This will be a fun and educational event that provides an opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn about some fantastic New World wines and continue to discover the many wonderful wines that are made right here in our province,” said Peter Rockwell, a wine buyer at the NSLC.
“There will be something that appeals to everybody no matter what their level of knowledge of wines.”
This year’s festival celebrates North American wine. It will take guests on a journey through Canadian and U.S. wine country including some exciting stops in Nova Scotia. You’ll be able to meet the people behind Nova Scotia wineries in the Annapolis Valley and South Shore at this year’s immensely popular Festival Grand Tastings and learn more about the many popular Tidal Bay wines now available.
Gina Haverstock, winemaker for Gaspereau Vineyards, says Nova Scotia’s terroir and climate help local vintners make wonderfully unique and high-quality wines.
“Where many climates now struggle to retain acidity and freshness in their wines while also expressing and retaining fresh aromatics, Nova Scotia thrives,” she said. “Our cool climate naturally positions us to make world class aromatic, crisp and clean whites, food friendly reds and beautiful sparkling wines.”
The Festival of Wines provides Nova Scotians with the opportunity to learn about and taste wines from around the world, speak with Nova Scotia wine makers and learn about their vineyards. Haverstock said she thinks guests will be impressed. “Nova Scotia wines are well-made, well-balanced world-class wines that pair extremely well with food that we grow and harvest in and around our province.”
The festival begins Tuesday with an evening hosted by three Nova Scotia winemakers at Chives Canadian Bistro that includes a locally-inspired menu for a delightful Nova Scotian dining experience. Guests can discover the Wines of Washington Wednesday at an event at CUT Steakhouse or attend the exclusive tasting event at The Port that evening.
David Myles will join Symphony Nova Scotia as this year’s special guest at the Festival of Wines Gala at Cunard Centre Thursday evening and guests will discover the wines of North America and around the world at the Grand Tastings at the Cunard Centre Friday and Saturday. Guests can purchase wine at the event and have it delivered to the NSLC store of their choice, leaving them free to continue their evening after the event.
Tickets are available online at myNSLC.com, at Ticket Atlantic Box Office,
participating Atlantic Superstore and by phone (902) 451-1221 or Toll Free 1-877-451-1221.