Notes from a rookie wine judge

The start of summer here in Nova Scotis was full of intense wine competitions; beginning with the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards, hosted by the Canadian Association of Sommeliers – Atlantic Chapter, followed by the the Lieutenant Governor General Awards of Excellence in Nova Scotia wines and, ending in the mammoth WineAlign National Awards of Canada– held… Read More»

Your Guide to Nova Scotia’s Tidal Bay Wines

Tidal Bay captures the essence of grape growing in a maritime climate.  When you smell and taste Tidal Bay, there is a freshness and crispness that you associate with the windswept coastlines of Nova Scotia.

Hop Into the Easter Long Weekend with Bishop’s Cellar

I don’t love winter. I do my best to enjoy some aspects of the cooler months here in Nova Scotia, but I genuinely look forward to every Spring so that I can get my hands back in our veggie garden and take my dog out for sunny hikes on trails free from snow and ice.… Read More»

That’s Amore!

Love and wine.  How are these two connected? I do love wine and many experiences where I have experienced love have included wine.  The world of wine is wrought with passion; if you’ve stood in a vineyard and had a conversation with a vigneron or visited a winery and barrel tasted with a winemaker, you… Read More»

The Art of Winter: Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits to Warm You Up

I’ll admit it: I have to work hard to enjoy winter in Nova Scotia. Unlike avid skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts, it just doesn’t come naturally to me. That said, there’s a lot to be said for embracing this cozy time of year. From crisp walks in the fresh air with fluffy snow all over the… Read More»

Holiday Hacks: Sommelier Tips for New Year’s Eve Party Planning

There’s nothing quite like sending off one year and welcoming another with all your favourite people. So many of our customers tell us they plan to host a party this year and we can’t wait to give a hand- here are a few helpful tips in order to maximize the festive, wine-related fun. If you are… Read More»

Wine 101: Organic, Biodynamic & Natural Wines

Sugar + Yeast = Alcohol + Carbon Dioxide (CO2) I think it is safe to say that many of us, myself included, tend to overthink, overanalyze and over complicate many things in life.  Wine is a prime example! Just think of the books, blogs and movies devoted to this drink!  I am thankful for this… Read More»

The Women of Nova Scotia’s Wine Industry: Barbara Thomson

This year, our friends at Devour! The Food Film Festival will be celebrating women in gastronomy! We are proud to be a partner again in this amazing celebration of food, wine and Nova Scotia. In anticipation of these fantastic celebrations of women in food and wine, we have assembled some profiles of some wonderful women in… Read More»