A few weeks ago we started a Tiday Bay challenge where we blind taste-test various of these lovely Nova Scotia wines, and seek food pairing for them. A few weeks ago we tasted a lovely Avondale Sky Tidal Bay, unfortunately, it did not pair with the meal I had prepared.
I did, however, find a perfect pair for this wine: Salmon on a bed of horseradish risotto with asparagus prepared by Five Fishermen Grill in Halifax. Cheers!
The vineyards of Avondale Sky are located on gentle southern slopes on the Avon Peninsula. Avondale Sky officially opened its doors as a winery in October of 2011. Stuart Creaser and Lorraine Vassalo bought the former St. Matthews church for $1.67, the same price the congregation paid for the building in 1844.
In May 2011, the Carpenter Gothic-style building was lifted off its foundation and transported down the coast atop a car ferry. Today the former church is the retail shop at Avondale Sky. Many of the other buildings on the site have been re-purposed as well.
Winemaker, Ben Swetnam, a Nova Scotian who graduated from the Niagara College Winery and Viticulture program is the winemaker and he crafts many beautiful wines.
Avondale Sky's Tidal Bay, an appellation blend, is crafted from L'Acadie and Geisenheim grapes. This unique wine is characterized by a blend of citrus and hint of pineapple on the palate and a long, smooth, mineral finish. Last July it was announced that this wine won best in class and a double gold medal at the all Canadian wine championships.