Spring is an important time in the industry for the release of the new white vintages, and in Nova Scotia, there is the additional anticipation for the release of the New Tidal Bays. This month's TNT, hosted by Blomidon Estate Winery, gave us and our fellow winegrunters the opportunity to meet with the winemakers and to taste all twelve new 2016 Tiday Bay vintages. For those not so fortunate to receive this sneak peek and one-on-one with the winemakers, there still is the possibility to taste all twelve Tidal Bays without having to drive all over the province from one winery to another. Wines of Nova Scotia is hosting the annual 12 Tides event at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax on May 5, 2017. Each winery will be pouring their new Tidal Bay as well as two other new wines.
With the release of the New Tidal Bays, the warmer weather, lovely views of the Valley, spectacular Blomidon, the Minas Basin, and the winding tidal rivers, as I drive to my winegrunting duties, my mind wonders to a whole new season for food pairings and Tidal Bay Challenges. Needless to say, there will be several posts on these delicious wines and suggested pairings forthcoming. In the meantime, here is an overview of what we had the pleasure to savour yesterday: