Friday, June 26. 2015
Buried on page 8 of the business section in todays Halifax Chronicle Herald is news of a very important announcement. Speaking at Benjamin Bridge winery in the Gaspereau Valley, Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Liquor Control Act, stated that the Government was removing barriers preventing Nova Scotians from importing Canadian wine from other Provinces.
The Minister noted that the Federal Government had actually changed the rules to permit this development some three years ago. Since that time and unconscionably, in my view, most Provinces have been dragging their feet in removing their own barriers to such importations. The Nova Scotia Government deserves commendation for taking this important step. As Canada seeks to lower trade barriers internationally, it is a sad irony that we continue to have so many roadblocks to free trade within the country. This internal Balkanisation has held us back enormously, impeding both efficiency and prosperity.
The new policy means that Nova Scotians can import wine from legally licensed Canadian wineries with at least 85% of the bottle contents originating from the Province where the winery is located. The balance of contents, if applicable, must be grown elsewhere within Canada. This is good for the burgeoning Canadian wine industry and, ultimately, will help to open new opportunities for Nova Scotia wine in particular. As Minister Whalen stated, this is a good thing for consumers and expressed the hope that other Provinces will follow suit.
A number of wineries in other producing Provinces are already well organized for shipping wines to consumers across Canada. I will be talking about some of these in future blogs.
The four wines reviewed below are all included in Cristall Wine Merchants, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford “Hot Buys.” Special Prices are in effect until this Sunday, June 28th
Mayu Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Valle de Elqui, Chile 13.5% $12.99 ($2 off) Grassy fresh green fruit with a whiff of asparagus, mineral and green herb on the nose with generous green fruit showing gooseberry, bright acidity, dry mineral grip and a crisp clean finish. ***
Vigneti Montagna Pinot Grigio 2013, Trentino DOC, Italy 12.5% $15.99 ($2 off) Good depth of colour with delicate floral and elegantly scented green fruit and luscious, crisply fresh green apple flavour backed up by appetizing stony mineral, finishing very clean and fresh. This is an expressive, refined example of cool-climate Pinot Grigio. ***
Adelaide Wine Estates Victoria Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia 13.5% $17.99 ($2 off) Complex nose reveals deep blackcurrant, cinnamon, a whiff of oak and minty green herb. Blackberry comes to the fore on the palate with blackcurrant in the background together with notes of dark plum, spice and oak on the well-integrated finish. This is a fine wine and outstanding value at the price. ***
Mayu Reserva Estate Bottled Carmenère Syrah 2012, Valle de Elqui, Chile 14.5% $17.99 ($2 off) The blend is 60% Carmenère and 40% Syrah and the wine was aged 6 months in oak barrels. It shows warmly scented fleshy ripe red berry fruit with seductive spicy notes shifting to richly flavoured and textured cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate in the mouth. Tannins are moderately dry with well-balanced acidity. Serve with spicy grilled red meats and Mediterranean style dishes. **
* Good value in its price range
** Particularly good value in its price range
***Exceptional value in its price range