Halifax, N.S. – The 2018 Restaurant Awards Dinner, hosted by the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS) celebrated outstanding service in the food and beverage industry at the annual awards dinner held on November 14, 2018 at The Prince George Hotel. “A large successful event with a sold-out crowd of read more

Blomidon Estate Winery’s 2014 Blanc de Noirs


A Nova Scotian bubbly goes great with food. No surprise, then, that contestant chefs at Canada’s Great Kitchen Party in Halifax—the rebranded Gold Medal Plates national culinary competition—choose overwhelmingly to pair their competition dishes with local sparkling wine. This makes for an especially good opportunity to size up some of read more


The award, established by former Lieutenant Governor Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. Four wines received the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia read more

Weathering the storm: How the changing climate affects our vineyards


MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON This year’s record-breaking warm, dry summer gave grape-growers and winemakers a sweet taste of what climate change has in store for Nova Scotia. That heat came just after a freeze in early June—late in the season for a frost so severe—offered another, bitter, glimpse at what climate change will read more

Avondale Sky’s Blank Canvas

avondale.jpg   When Justin Floyd was tasked with designing the menu at Avondale Sky Winery’s patio restaurant, he settled on a simple concept. “I wanted to make food that I would eat while drinking wine, on a deck, on a sunny day, in a beautiful place,” he said, motioning to read more

Luckett Vineyards’ Ortega


JESSICA EMIN Sometimes, while everyone else is flocking to the newest wine creations, a classic is quietly released to those waiting in the wings for something like Luckett Vineyards’s 2017 Ortega ($24). Ortega, an aromatic white grape of the vitis vinifera species, native to Europe, is also moderately hardy, surviving to about -25° C. read more

La vallée effervescente du vin en Nouvelle-Écosse

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, la Nouvelle-Écosse développe son industrie viticole. La province maritime est la 4e productrice de vin au Canada après la Colombie-Britannique, l’Ontario et le Québec. Il y a 20 ans, ce secteur était surtout expérimental. Les vins de ce coin de pays surprennent toutefois de plus en read more

Latest interprovincial wine-trade proposals not much to cheer about

Opinion: A country that is pushing the merits of free trade needs to put its (or consumers’) money where its mouth is There are 700 wineries in Canada producing at least 6,000 individual labels annually.Getty Images/iStockphoto By Perrin Beatty and Dan Paszkowski Canadians can buy almost any good from another read more

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