Celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year, Domaine de Grand Pré hosts the 2017 edition of the Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival. This celebration of Nova Scotia Wine, ice wine in particular, but also local cuisine, opened on the weekend of February 25-26 and continues the following weekend March 5-6. The wineries participating this year include Gaspereau Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery, Planters Ridge Winery, Luckett Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Sainte-Famille Wines and Domaine de Grand Pre. There are also special guests to this year’s event: Annapolis Cider Company, Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, Benjamin Bridge, and Avondale Sky Winery. All of this makes for a tremendous, high-quality ice wine festival. Come and enjoy!
What follows is a broad, general, kaleidoscopic selection of photos of our visit to the NS Ice Wine Festival on 26 February, 2017. More information is available through the website ... .
Yesterday, February 28, 2017, marked Shrove Tuesday, Mardi gras, and, of course, Martedì grasso, the end of Carnevale.
Since this also marks the end of the period of gorging in goodies before the fasting period of Lent, we reckoned we'd better make the most of it. We thought some sweet wines, including local ice wine, of course, would be an excellent complement to the traditional Venetian frittole pastries (see below). Perfect timing!