Freshly Pressed

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By Peter Rockwell Roll out the glassware While most Nova Scotians will say that any glass is a rum glass, the Final Touch Rum Roller ($30, chapters.indigo.ca) will put a new spin on their favourite spirit. Resembling a stubby wine decanter, its wide bottom has enough space for two stainless steel chilling balls (included) that,…

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By Peter Rockwell Read the book, drink the wines While the Nova Scotia wine industry has exploded over the last decade it’s been ten years since anyone celebrated its success in words and pictures. The Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada (Nimbus Publishing, $37.95) by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey, with fantastic photos by sommelier…

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By Peter Rockwell Punch it Up On a warm, lazy day at the cottage, or on the back deck, nothing quenches a thirst better than something cool, refreshing and easy to make. Watermelon Punch not only meets that criteria, its presentation will have your friends leaping to social media to share your inspired creation. Find…

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Stop and Smell the Aromas Though white wines sometimes take a backseat  to reds during the winter months, with a change  of season comes the opportunity to explore whites  with unique aromatics that  spring from the glass.  Get your nose close to France’s Les Jamelles Viognier ($14.99), Germany’s Winzerkeller  Baden Gewürztraminer ($13.49) and Ontario’s Pelee…

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DIY GIFTING

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They like That? Gift This Creating the perfect gift of wine is as easy as knowing what your loved one enjoys. Just start with their favourite bottle and keep with that theme by multiplying that wine’s personality by one, or two … or three. Here’s an example. A friend of mine loves California Cabernet Sauvignon and is a big…

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Loving local

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While grapes may be the cream of the crop, they’re not the only berry that can yield sublime wines. Nova Scotia’s vintners have been fermenting the juice from alternative fruits for decades, creating liquid wonders that are perfect for casual sipping as well as making an inspired match with a variety of local dishes, especially our own cheeses. Opening your mind…

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Take a cue from the new world

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Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are crazy about cooking outdoors. South Africa’s national holiday celebrates the braai (Afrikaans for barbecue), Argentina is famous for its multi-course extravaganzas called asado and in Australia, well, they’ll throw just about anything on the barbie. They all make wines that match al fresco grilling, with South Africa’s The Wolftrap…

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Holiday Mixer

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Peter Rockwell is the NSLC’s Category Manager for Old World & Local Wines. In each issue he will be serving up entertaining ideas and tips that are ‘freshly pressed.’ Think the holidays are too old school? Well, ’tis the season to blend the past with the present. Start with the wine for your family feast….

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