The secret is out. We have wine. Delicious award winning wine. Surprised? Don't be. With our mild climate and nutrient rich soil, growing conditions are perfect for grapes. Which is why we've been making wine since 1611 and I dare say we've gotten pretty damn good at it. Practice makes perfect after all.
With over 2 dozen wineries each offering their own distinct brand, things can seem overwhelming. Don't worry about wine snobs, we're friendly and like to share. Which is why every year, you can find various tours, tastings and festivals throughout the province.
Starting February 2 -12 The Ice Wine Festival (award winning icewine!) will be taking place in varies locations throughout the province. For full schedule see here. This year over 40 events will be held, varying from the traditional wine and cheese pairing to winery tours by snowshoe. Kids? No problem, how does a toboggan rides down a 1000 foot hill with a horse-pulled sleigh to meet you at the bottom and bring to the top again, sound? On a budget? Take in one of the amazing prix-fix menu being offered during the festival.
Can't make the Icewine Festival? No problem. Wine enthusiasts rejoice, it's a leap year! Which means an extra day to enjoy the Savour Food and Wine Dine Around program. Running from Feb 1 - 29, Dine Around is a chance for participating restaurant to offer a 3 course prix fix menu. Wine pairings are extra but defiantly worth the splurge.
Looking for one stop shopping? Then try one of the great food shows, also put on by Savour. The Savour Decadence show will be taking place February 2 from 7pm-9:30pm. The first hour of the show is dedicated to CHEESE! The second hour to CHOCOLATE! Enjoy cheese and wine pairings followed by the real decadence of chocolate, ports and dessert wines. All dishes are prepared by the Culinary & Pastry Arts students of NSCC under the guidance of the Chef Instructors.
Still looking for more? Then try the Savour Food and Wine Show. This event takes place Feb 23 and is the biggest and best culinary Nova Scotia experience. Two hours of food and wine with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the industry's best and brightest under one roof. What more could you ask for? This event is serious food and wine, with over 50 booths to choose from, be prepared to go up a dress size.
Put down your beer, and grab your wine glass because Nova Scotia wine has arrived.
What events do you plan on checking out during this year's wine festivals?