Last weekend, at the Annual Saltscapes show, Senator Michael MacDonald was on hand to announce an ACOA grant in the amount of $160,732 to Taste of Nova Scotia, to support the development of a unique culinary tourism initiative.
To be known as the “Good Cheer Trail,” this will be Canada’s first Winery, Craft Brewery and Distillery Trail. It will feature a stamp-able Good Cheer passport designed to encourage visitors to explore local wineries, breweries and distilleries. The idea was inspired by the success of Taste of Nova Scotia’s Chowder Trail, which grew form 27 restaurant participants in its first year to 60 this year. More details on the new trail will be released in the near future.
This is an imaginative concept which will greatly enrich the culinary tourism experience that Nova Scotia has to offer. It should also help to draw visitors to corners of the Province that have been somewhat off the usual tourist beat. Keep an eye on the Taste of Nova Scotia website: tasteofnovascotia.com for more information.
Hot Buys at Cristall Wine Merchants in Sunnyside Mall, Bedford. Current “Hot Buys” are available until May 10th. Here are three that I have tasted so far.
Alto Los Romeros Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Valle Centrale, Chile 12.5% $9.99 ($3 off). Fragrant floral and grassy herbal scent with gooseberry and a whiff of asparagus lead the way for attractive green fruit supported by lively acidity and mineral in the mouth. Has easy charm and offers outstanding value. ***
Souverain Chardonnay 2012, North Coast, California 13.9% $19.99 ($5 off). Classic California citrus, buttery toasty, hazelnut and a dash of vanilla on the nose shifting to rich lemon citrus and tropical fruit on the palate. Subtle toast and butterscotch notes on mid-palate are balanced by lively acidity leading into clean citrus freshness with a touch of nutty butter on the finish. Another fine value. ***
Granatello Rosso 2013, Terre Siciliane IGT 13% $9.99 ($3 off). Concentrated aromas of dark fruit and a splash of licorice with dark fruit flavours backed by agreeably rough tannins and brisk acidity. This is a good everyday wine to drink with burgers, pizza, tomato-based pasta and firm cheeses. **