Tidal Bay Press

Annapolis HighlandsIf you’re looking to learn more about Tidal Bay, well, some wonderful writers have done the legwork for you.

First up, Peter Mitham wrote a really in-depth article on what an Appellation means to Nova Scotia for Wines & Vines:

Discussions regarding development of a standard for local wines began in fall 2009, with the help of Ontario winemaker Peter Gamble, founding executive director of VQA Ontario when it was established in 1989 and now consulting winemaker for Benjamin Bridge Winery south of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The first wines to qualify under the new standard were released under the Tidal Bay name in 2011. The name references the significant viticultural role played by the Bay of Fundy, which lends a moderating influence to the local climate, and serves as a branding tool that expresses Nova Scotia’s sense of place. While the moniker is helping build an identity for Nova Scotia wines, Winery Association of Nova Scotia managing director Janice Ruddock told Wines & Vines this week that it’s a prelude to entrenching the wines’ enological identity in law.

“Tidal Bay currently is a marketing tool,” she said. “That being said, after we get one more vintage (which is 2011) under our belt, we fully intend to incorporate the Tidal Bay standards under the N.S. Wine Regulations.” Could be a law in 2013 The provincial legislature could entrench the standard in law in short order once a request is made because of the small size of the industry, which numbers just 14 wineries. This could happen in time for the 2013 vintage.

Read more of Peter Mitham’s thorough article. (Copyright © Wines & Vines)

Wine Writer Craig Pinhey wrote about Tidal Bay’s imminent release in January for Wine Access Magazine:

The idea behind the Tidal Bay appellation arose when winemaker Peter Gamble began consulting at Benjamin Bridge winery in the Gaspereau Valley. He approached a few others, and they created a committee to work out the standards, the legal work and the name, Tidal Bay.

“We wanted a name that, even internationally, would resonate as distinctly Nova Scotian,” says Gamble. “With the province’s wine-producing regions virtually defined by the massive maritime climatic influence, with thousands of miles of close shoreline, countless bays and the highest tidal waters in the world in the famed Bay of Fundy, Tidal Bay seemed a perfect fit.”

Wine Access Web Editor & Ontario Bureau Chief Amanda Allison followed up with a warm welcome in May just before Tidal Bay’s release at the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium.

There’s plenty of other great reading out there, but these will give you a good start to understanding just how much work and love went into releasing this! We’d love to hear your thoughts on Tidal Bay, too – have you tried it yet?