Bubbly Buyer’s Guide – December 2018 – Nova Scotia Mentions

Canadian Traditional Method Sparkling Wines

Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Brut Reserve 2012, Nova Scotia ($74.95, winery direct)
Michael Godel – A bottle of this was gifted to christen the first Irving Shipyard-built Arctic patrol vessel. Sophie Trudeau used the bottle to christen the Harry DeWolf during an October ceremony on the Halifax waterfront. An interesting and poignant aside, this gesture. Nova Scotia can raise grapes for traditional method sparkling wine in ways and with results that blow everything else out of the proverbial water and is second only to Champagne for making the kind of sparkling wine we should and will want to drink.

Benjamin Bridge 2013 Brut, Nova Scotia, Canada, ($44.50, winery direct)
Sara d’Amato – Nova Scotia’s premier sparkling producer is responsible for this gracefully ageing vintage number that offers a powerhouse of toasty creaminess, brine and a lasting note of citrus zest. An assemblage of 71% chardonnay and 29% pinot meunier with enough dosage to add richness but just shy of slick.  An immediately appealing style that is a versatile fit for a varied crowd.