Saturday, December 17. 2016
Ten years have passed since my book “Wineries and Wine Country of Nova Scotia” was published. Now, in very timely fashion, a new book has hit the shelves that does a fine job of updating us on the thriving wine culture not only of Nova Scotia, but the entire Atlantic region. The intervening decade has seen dramatic progress in the quality and reputation of our wines. It can now be said without exaggeration that top Nova Scotia wines can legitimately challenge some of the best in the world.
“The Wine Lovers Guide to Atlantic Canada” is written by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey. Moira hails originally from Margaree, Nova Scotia. Subsequently, she moved to New York, receiving her Sommelier certification on Long Island from the Sommelier Society of America in 2007. After moving back to Nova Scotia in 2010, she started Unwined, a wine workshop and tasting party business (www.unwinedtastingparties.ca) in 2012, and worked for a year at Cape Breton's first commercial winery, Eileanan Brèagha Vineyards for the 2013-14 season. She continues to write a weekend wine column, “Moira's Glass Act” with Local Xpress.
Craig Pinhey is also is a native Nova Scotian, who is very well-known on the local and national wine and beer scene. He worked a dozen years in Hamilton, Ontario, where he developed a keen interest in beer, becoming an accomplished home brewer and beer judge, and specialised also in wine, especially the local wines from Niagara. He moved to New Brunswick in 1998 and was a member of the first graduating class of the Sommelier program in Halifax, in 2000. Craig has judged at numerous wine and beer competitions at the regional and national level. He has been the beverage columnist for the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal for over 15 years, and makes his living writing, reviewing, judging, and consulting. He travels regularly in the region, and around the world, hunting for great food, drink and stories.
Together, they have produced a handsome hard cover volume that would make a great addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the fine wines of the Atlantic region and the people who make them. The book is comprehensive, well-organised and lavishly illustrated. There are sections on the sub-regions within each Province, with entries for each winery with tasting notes and valuable information on grape varieties and specific winemaking styles. The authors have thoughtfully provided some excellent maps as well as excellent advice on self-guided wine touring and available guided tours. The book is both definitive and a pleasure to read. I recommend it highly.
The Wine Lovers Guide to Atlantic Canada is widely available at bookstores and is a real bargain at $37.95!