Friday, January 29, 2010

Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival February 4 - 14, 2010

I am working on a book about travelling Nova Scotia's vineyards and just received an invitation to this years Ice Wine Festival:

"The countdown is on - only 10 more days until the third annual Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival begins. Running from February 4-14, this year's festival features over 40 wine and food related activities, winery events and accommodation packages.
To kick off the festival celebrations, we are giving away an Icewine gift basket from Benjamin Bridge*.
In the basket you will find a bottle of their delicious Borealis Icewine (yum!) and two Icewine glasses. All you have to do to enter, is make a comment on our brand new website, ".

But you don't need an invitation to attend these events and have lots of winter fun and great wine and food:

Saturday, February 6, at 6pm in downtown Wolfville
Wolfville entices you to a variety of activities for the whole family - from wine makers dinners to an ice carving competition sponsored by local businesses to a fireworks display at Waterfront Park. Dress warmly.

Stars on Ice
Saturday/Sunday February 6 & 7

L'Acadie Vineyards, Gaspereau Valley
Join award winning winemaker Bruce Ewert in a geothermally heated winery for samples of Traditional Method sparkling wines and our unique rich dessert wine, Soleil, paired with chocolate and classic cheese fondue. 12-5pm. Cost: $10 (includes tastings and food pairings).

Festival Wine Dinners on February 4, 2010:
Taste of Nova Scotia Gold - Saege Bistro, Halifax
Winemaker's Dinner - Amherst Shore Country Inn, Amherst
Tempest-Muir Murray Wine Dinner - Tempest, Wolfville

Daily Festival Events, Feb 4-14, 2010
Icewine & Chocolate: Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax, 2795 Windsor Street
Sweet & Delicious: Fox Hill Cheese House, Port Williams

*Benjamin Bridge is an innovative sparkling wine house on the south facing slopes of the Gaspereau Valley, where owners Gerry McConnell and Dara Gordon have been working with an international team of winemakers to produce Méthode Classique sparkling wines on the order of cuvées de prestige wines. They have released several limited editions, luxury whites and reds to date including NOVA 7, Borealis Icewine, NEXUS Rosé and TAURUS.
This winery is a working winery only and does not have a tasting room or retail store and is not open to the public.