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The wine lover’s guide to Atlantic Canada

The wine lover’s guide to Atlantic Canada
Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey
Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, Nova Scotia
226 pages, $ 37.95


The Wine Lover’s Guide To Atlantic Canada is the definitive book on the subject.

The four provinces (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland) that collectively make up Atlantic Canada are not very well known in the rest of the country. Yet all these provinces make wine. Some mostly use fruits and grapes, some use predominantly grapes and berries.

For the longest time, wine writers claimed vitis vinifera family grapes cannot be grown in Ontario, and yet courageous farmers, including scientists who work on grape research in the province have proved them wrong.

The same claim has been repeated for a long time about Atlantic Canada, but a few daring grape growers successfully attempted to grow vitis vinifera grape varieties in Nova Scotia, and even Prince Edward Island. In others French hybrids like Marechal Foch and Lucie Kuhlmann and others grow successfully.

In the U S A Minnesota scientists bred grape varieties that resist extremely low winter temperatures.

Now, New Brunswick vineyard owners are switching to St Croix, St Pepin, Kay Gray, Parrie Star, Sabrevois, Louise Swenson and others.

Needless to say, global warming is helping, as even Denmark and Norway produce wine now.

Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey created a welcome addition to wine literature by wiring this informative, and well-illustrated book that explores the vitivinicultural history in each province in detail

Both writers grew up in Nova Scotia. One worked in hospitality, and the other as an engineer before graduating from a certified sommelier course then becoming a writer.

Anyone who visits Prince Edward Island, or New Brunswick or all four provinces would benefit from this book, but especially those who like to taste a variety of wines from different terroirs.

It is unfortunate that the wines, which both authors describe, are rarely, if ever, are available in Ontario (except Benjamin Bridge Winery’s sparkling wines) or elsewhere in Canada, but this will eventually change.

Few people realize how provincial governments make wine production difficult and shipping provincially even more prohibitive, although a few have now relented.

A Wine Lover’s Guide To Atlantic Canada is a valuable book for every wine lover, every sommelier, and student of restaurant and hotel management.

Highly recommended.


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