BEST OF THE BEST!

TROPHY BREWS

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BY CHRIS MCDONALD, ATLANTIC CANADA BEER BLOG

There’s no point in denying that it’s always difficult to see summer coming to an end.

Take heart, however, as fall has many redeeming qualities: beautiful colours and scenery, Thanksgiving, and an excuse to return to drinking the appropriate beer styles for the season.

The NSLC carries many award-winning beers that will do quite nicely. Fall is harvest season for many local agricultural products, including hops. Garrison (2015 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Brewery of the Year) celebrates this with their 3 Fields Harvest Ale, a Pale Ale featuring fresh hops from three, and sometimes more, local hop fields. The fresh (or “wet”) hops give a “just-picked” herbaceous aroma. Another ode to hops is Boxing Rock’s The Vicar’s Cross Double IPA, the Silver medal winner in Imperial IPA at the 2015 ACBAs. Boasting an assertive, yet enjoyable bitterness, this 8.5% ABV beer is sure to keep you happy as the days get shorter. And for those impending cool fall evenings, Propeller’s London Style Porter, a previous Gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards, will keep you warm with chocolate and roast notes in a smooth package.

BEST BITES

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BY LIA RINALDO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FEST

Who doesn’t like a little recognition — whether it’s from your peers or by popular vote? As we flip over into fall, and those leaves change colour and wave at us with enthusiasm, we’re poking around a few award-winning spots. If your dining decisions are based on accolades, there’s no shortage of places to turn both.

Each year, the coveted Coast Best of Halifax Readers Choice Awards are released and it just so happens the people of Halifax awarded Stillwell Beer Bar both Best Bar and Best Beer Selection. Another great annual award-winning list to consult is the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards. Businesses can win across multiple fronts if their people, products and restaurants are shining bright. Just this past year Le Caveau at Grand Pré Winery won both Restaurant of the Year – Chef Inspired Fine Dining for Chef Jason Lynch’s exquisite cuisine and Innovative Product of the Year for their new Pomme D’Or Apple Cream Liqueur. And, as if you need another excuse to get out of the city at this time of the year, you simply have to seek out Chef Martin Ruíz Salvador in Lunenburg who has consistently placed on coveted national lists like

Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants, MacLean’s Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, Vacay.ca Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants year after year with his fine dining experience at Fleur de Sel. Though this restaurant is taking a little breather until May 2017, have no fear, as you can still hit up two of his spots The Salt Shaker Deli and The South Shore Fish Shack for local, casual fare.

Pat yourselves on the back — we’re surrounded by many talented culinarians worthy of much praise. Everyone’s a winner, baby.

THE RISING TIDES

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OF NOVA SCOTIA WINE BY AMY SAVOURY, SOMMELIER, INSTRUCTOR AT NSCC

Nova Scotia wineries are racking up the hardware at Atlantic, National and International competitions proving that Nova Scotia has emerged on the scene.

Avondale Sky was declared Winery of the Year at the 2015 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards and it is easy to see why after one sip of their Avondale Sky Tennycape. This expressive white wine is bursting with tropical fruit, has balanced acidity and a perfect Nova Scotia mineral edge.

Gaspereau Vineyards brought attention to local Riesling after winning one of three awards handed out at the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines for their 2013 Gaspereau Valley Riesling. The award highlights the Vitis vinifera (classic European wine grapes) movement in Nova Scotia. Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are just some of the classic grapes that are now being grown in this province.

L’Acadie Vineyards’ Vintage Cuvee Rosé from L’Acadie Vineyards Rosé confirmed they have a winning combination of expert wine making and a sense of place, as this Traditional Method sparkling stood out amongst the crowd at the 2015 National Wine Awards of Canada, taking home a silver medal.

It’s time to build an addition onto the Nova Scotia wine trophy case, we are going to need the extra room.

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