Tuesday, November 15. 2016
Taste of Nova Scotia recently announced the Celebration of Local Culinary Excellence Awards during Devour! The Food Film Festival held in Wolfville. The awards are based on nominations from both consumers and industry and truly represent the very high quality of the recipients in each category.
Congratulations to all the award winners for their outstanding achievements! I was particularly pleased to see Charles Purdy of Bay Enterprises in Malagash recognised as Producer of the Year. I have been buying oysters from Charles and Nancy Purdy for many years and can personally testify to their very high standards.
Below is the complete list of award winners.
Restaurant of the Year
Agricola Street Brasserie (Halifax, NS)
Product of the Year
Pancake & Cookie Mix, Valley Flaxflour Ltd (Middleton, NS)
Server of the Year
Amy Funk, Lincoln Street Food (Lunenburg, NS)
Producer of the Year
Bay Enterprises Limited (Malagash, NS)
Culinary Ambassador of the Year
Pierre Guevremont & Lynne MacKay, Ironworks Distillery (Lunenburg, NS)
For more information about Taste of Nova Scotia and its members visit www.tasteofnovascotia.com.
Today’s reviews include two new listings and five “Hot Buys” at Cristall Wine Merchants in Bedford’s Sunnyside Mall. Also included are two recently released Chilean wines on the NSLC General List.
Please note: Special prices at Cristall are in place only until November 20th.
Maola Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015, DO Valle Central, 13.5% $15.99 Cristal Wine Merchants Lovely fresh floral, green herbal and ripe dark fruit together with subtle forest floor aromas yield to sweet ripe berry fruit supported by soft tannins and an interesting herbal note. An easy to like fruit-driven New World style wine. ***
Maola Merlot Reserva 2015, DO Valle Central, 13.5% $15.99 Cristall Wine Merchants Generously ripe Merlot varietal nose with typical rich earthy overtone leads into succulent, ripe dark fruit in the mouth. Flavours suggest blackberry more than plum and are backed by gentle tannins with lively acidity and a subtle splash of dark chocolate. An appealing wine with plenty of charm. ***
Santa Carolina Reserva Estate Sauvignon Blanc 20016, DO Valle de Leyda, Chile 12.5% $13.99 NSLC General List Vivid aromatics unfold cool-climate delicate floral scents together with gooseberry and grassy herbal freshness. Bright green gooseberry with passion fruit notes kick in on the palate supported by lively acidity, culminating in a long fresh fruity finish. ***
Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, DO Colchagua, Chile 13.5% $13.99 NSLC General List Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon nose shows blackberry and blackcurrant together with earthy and minty herbal scents. Generous blackberry and blackcurrant themes persist in the mouth supported by moderate tannins, a light splash of chocolate and balanced acidity. **
Louis Max Chardonnay Hautes Vallée 2014, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% $16.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Mellow ripe buttery/spicy lemon citrus on the nose with bright citrus laced with butterscotch richness tempered by crisply refreshing acidity on the palate. A stylish, harmoniously integrated Chardonnay and very good value at this price. ***1/2
Chateau Laulerie Malbec 2013, Bergerac AC 12.5% $17.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Intriguing nose reveals cedary and spicy scents with clove, a pinch of cinnamon and deep, brooding cark fruit. Blackcurrant and black plum flavours come wrapped in a tight tannic texture with still youthful acidity. Drinking well now with braised red meat dishes and hard ripened cheeses. Will improve with another year or two in the cellar. ***
Montmija La Chapelle Cabernet Franc 2013, Pays d’Oc IGP 14.5% $14.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Dark fruit scents show spicy and leathery overtones and a pinch of herb. More New World style ripe fruitiness in the mouth with blackberry, red currant, easy tannins and a splash of milk chocolate, finishing with light, drying tannic grip. ***
*Acceptable ordinary quality
**Good quality, everyday standard
** Very good quality in its price range
**** Exceptional quality, top 15% - 20%
***** The finest possible, top 5% - 10%