Celebrate with Local Bubbles
It’s New Year’s Eve. The clock strikes midnight and corks get popped to welcome 2018. Well, did you know that Nova Scotia sparkling wines rate up there with some of the best in Canada and the world? These are our suggestions to ring in the New Year local style.
Benjamin Bridge in the Gaspereau Valley has been creating sparkling wines that have wowed experts from all over the world and drawn comparisons to famous wines from France’s Champagne Region. Their NV (Non-vintage) Brut taps into the Benjamin Bridge library of sparkling wines that spans over 13 years, including blending components from their inaugural 2002 vintage. It is a classic taste of Benjamin Bridge’s heritage.
With a name like Elevation, you can imagine what this wine will do for your New Year’s Eve soiree. This frizzante style (semi-sparkling) wine is similar to an Italian Prosecco. It’s crisp with hints of grapefruit and lime.
Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin. They are firmly committed to using 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes. The 2015 Crémant is a on the lighter side, and as the name suggests, has a bit of a unique creamy finish.
If you’re in the mood for some colour, Lightfoot & Wolfville’s Bubbly Rosé is the party guest you want. It is brilliant pink with fine bubbles and a fruity, floral character that’s brimming with freshness. It’s also made from certified organic grapes as all Lightfoot & Wolfville wines are. As long as we’re on rosés, we’ll throw in another option. The Sparkling Rosé from Saint Famille is another fresh bottle with hints of melon and pear
The very popular 2013 Benediction sold out at the winery. But you can still find it in NSLC stores. This is an easy drinking style of bubbly meant for any occasion. It is crisp and refreshing, and thanks to the high acidity of the Geisenheim grape, it has a quite dry finish. It pairs well with almost all foods, but if you’ve got oysters at your party, that’s a perfect pairing. Also, we’d like an invite to your party.
This sparkler is lively with plenty of tropical aromas and a hint of toast created by the aging process. What better way to toast 2018 than with a toasty wine, right?
We grow great fruit in Nova Scotia, so it only stands to reason that there would be some great fruit wines. Correct. Petite Rivière Vineyards blended Seyval Blanc grapes with apple and peach wines to create Bellissimo, which roughly translates to beautiful or wonderful. Pretty good description for this off-dry, frizzante style sparkling fruit wine.
One of the longest operating vineyards in Nova Scotia, Jost has seen a few New Years. Their Selkie and Selkie Rosé are slightly sparkling wines with a more delicate effervescence. They’re a great holiday sipper with a nice balance of mild sweetness and crisp acidity.
These are not all the sparkling wines made in Nova Scotia, but they are some of the best. So, here’s a thought. This New Year’s Eve, park the Champagne and uncork some local. Learn more about Nova Scotia wines and wineries at Wines of Nova Scotia.