This past tuesday a group of us from Bishop’s Cellar pilled into a tour van and headed to the South Shore to visit a few of our suppliers. The lovely Susan Downey of the local wine tour company “Grape Escapes“ had made all the arrangements. All we had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the tour. Our first stop was Lunenburg and the artisinal distillery, IronWorks. We were warmly welcomed by the owners and the incredible sweet and comforting smells from the burning wood in the copper still and deliciously sweet molasses. Though I couldn’t partake in the tasting, I was thankful to be able to nose all of their spirits and rum. I’ve added a few to my “buy after I have the baby” list!
On our way to Petite Riviere winery we made a pit stop at the LaHave bakery where some of the gang counteracted the affects of the rum with shots of some of the strongest espresso ever and picked up fresh baked bread and homeade jams to bring home.
A little further down the road, we came to the stuccoed farmhouse that is the “Petite Riviere” winery. The lavender flanked walkway leading to the building adds to the southern French feel of the place. We enjoyed a catered lunch before the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners, Barb and Sean took us on a tour and opened up a nice selection of wines, both new and older vintages, for us to try.
This week’s mini trip served as a great reminder of how beautiful our province is in the summer and that it isn’t always necessary to travel far and spend thousands to have a wonderful enogastronimical experience. There is so much to see and do right here at home!