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Inside the Barrel at L’Acadie Vineyards

Posted by Debbie

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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Bruce Ewert is a wine star in his own right. Born in BC – he has done it all – Agriculture Engineering degree at UBC, then studied winemaking at the highly regarded University of California, Davis.  He put his studies into action and has been making wine for over 25 years in notable wineries including British Columbia, Ontario, California, Australia…and now Nova Scotia.

Bruce is best known for crafting outstanding sparkling wines at BC wineries.  I first met Bruce at a wine festival where he introduced me to Summerhill’s sparkling wines…and I have been a fan ever since.  When I saw him next with a different bottle of bubbly in hand – from Nova Scotia – I was intrigued.

He explained that he was drawn to the rapid growth of Nova Scotia as a wine region in Canada. Plus, the grapes grown there are ideal for making sparkling wine. And with a Bluenose wife, Bruce even had a family relation to the region.

Just like Bruce did in BC, he is turning heads in Nova Scotia.  In 2008, he release the first traditional method sparkling wine made in Nova Scotia.  His family-run winery L’Acadie Vineyards arrived on the world wine map – literally overnight.

The winery is one of the few wineries in Canada that are certified organic by Pro-Cert.  This was extremely important to Bruce & his family.

“It is a natural choice” simply declares Bruce.  He continues to explain that the focus on being organic encourages healthy soil.  This comes through in the wine as terroir.  Bruce and his family can talk your ear off (in a good way about the virtues of being organic), most of all, this stewardship is a commitment to a bountiful winemaking for many generations.  Being a new wine region in Canada, this approach will benefit the Nova Scotia wine industry.

We are excited to introduce to you L’Acadie Vineyards and their wines that are made with 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes – some varieties that you have never heard of before.

Enjoy every sip!

 

Introducing…

 

Bruce Ewert

Winemaker & Owner of L’Acadie Vineyards

There are tonnes of articles and interviews about Bruce – after all he is a wine star.  We wanted to get some ‘dirt’ about the man who makes incredible sparkling wines. So we ‘grilled’ him with 20 Questions to learn more about what makes him tick….”This is raw & unedited” Bruce confesses.  We were happy to hear that he had fun being grilled too!

  1. Bruce….what do you take in your morning coffee or tea?

Organic green tea, straight up

  1. What drink would you like right this minute?

Sparkling is on my mind a lot

  1. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Teacher

  1. What was the very first winery that you ever visited?

My mother’s basement

  1. What wine got you hooked?

Oddly, it was Lindeman’s Bin 65 (Australia) back in 1988. I was intrigued by the buttery notes & its viscosity

  1. Take a few minutes and jot down the path to becoming the winemaker you are today:

Peller Estates, Sebastiani, Padthaway, See Ya Later Ranch, Summerhill, L’Acadie Vineyards- you might see a decreasing volume trend here, 400,0000 cases to 20,0000 down to 2000…and I couldn’t be happier. My path veered to organic when I was head winemaker at Summerhill = intense terroir flavours. We went on to establish the first certified organic winery in Nova Scotia in 2004. And a Traditional Method sparkling focus at the last four wineries that I worked at set us up to release the first Traditional Method sparkling for the region.

  1. What is your winemaking style in 3 words:

Sparkling from living soil

  1. Do you have music playing in the cellar while you work?

CBC radio1,2. ABC in Australia. ‘Pruning playlist’ on Spotify

  1. What is your favorite thing about the local wine industry:

Turning heads, especially to wine enthusiasts outside the province

  1. Favorite thing about growing grapes:

Tasting the terroir from living soils

  1. What part of winemaking are you always trying new things?

New styles that suit our region’s climate – presently doing research for our Pet Nat program. In the past – Appassimento styles, Traditional Method cider

  1. What is the unglamorous thing about winemaking?

Tank cleaning

  1. Who have been your mentors throughout your winemaking career:

Harry McWatters at Time Winery

  1. What about personal mentors?

Influenced by the motivational leaders of the 80’s

  1. What wine region do you want to visit next?

Spain

  1. One surprising thing that I’m really good at:

Swimming in competitions in the glory years

  1. When is your birthday (no year required!)

February 27 – I’m not a leap year baby!

  1. My Birthday “Favorite Meal”:

Salmon, local asparagus, roasted potatoes, Prestige Brut Estate

  1. What do you like to do when in you are not making wine?

Teaching people to make wine

And now for Question #20….

Since you are lucky to have lived and work in several wine regions across Canada – what are 2 of your favorite places that you’d recommend to take a break from tasting and touring to do? You know…the ‘local inside scoop’ 🙂

Theos Restaurant in Penticton, BC

Go tubing down Gaspereau River in NS…just ask any local in Wolfville how to do this.

 

And that is a wrap!

 

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Ooooooo Canada!

Posted by Julie

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
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Everyone is gearing up to celebrate Canada Day.  Across the country on July 1 there will be loads of free musical concerts, fireworks, carnivals, on BBQs and outdoor events of all sizes. Those of us spending the long weekend at a cottage, on a sailboat, on a golf course or on the backyard deck, here’s my suggestions on what to drink July 1 – all-Canadian of course!

Did you know…

….that Canada’s first commercial estate winery, Vin Villa, was established on Pelee Island (the southern most wine region in Ontario) in 1866?

….that 6 provinces in Canada have their own wine regions?

…that VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) on a bottle of Ontario or British Columbia wine means that it is the province’s “appellation of origin” system which define the grape-growing regions and set standards for the wines.

 

Let’s pop open some bottles!

The recent Vintages release at the LCBO has several suggestions for Canada Day. I was lucky to sample some & have also included my top picks of the LCBO’s General List products that you can enjoy on Canada Day…and for that matter all year round. My selection will take you from brunch to dinner with choices in between for a burst of invigoration.  Our Canadian wines and beer make us very proud!

Happy Canada Day,

Julie

 

From Nova Scotia…

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7  Sparkling 2016
(LCBO #256289)  $26.95

Aromatic and fresh with soft orchard fruit flavours, this sparkling wine with golden mousse offers lively acidity. Instead of a traditional champagne cork, the screwcap opens like a regular bottle of wine with a treat of effervescence flows into the glass. It is a perfect wine for brunch or mid-afternoon thirst quencher or to serve as an aperitif.  From quiche to seafood, it goes with everything.

 

From British Columbia….

Quail’s Gate Rose 2017
(LCBO #275842)  $19.95

If you like fresh rhubarb & strawberries, this rose wine tastes just like that!  It reminds me of the aromas & taste of the juicy ripe strawberries that have just been picked.  The problem  with this tangy & delicious wine is that it goes down too smoothly. I could sip this summertime wine all afternoon.

 

From Ontari-ari-ariooo…

These outstanding wines are always available & always reliable.

Kacaba Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay VQA
(LCBO #326975)  $15.95

Mea culpa, I always encourage people to try something new but I confess…this is my go-to white wine. Pale in colour, loads of tropical fruit flavours, always crisp, always delivers. As I write this I am already thinking how nicely it will taste with my grilled chicken, some crusty bread and my everything salad for dinner tonight – how Canadian is that ?

 

Trius Sauvignon Blanc VQA
(LCBO #221804)  $15.95 (on sale for Canada Day weekend for $1 off)

If you are a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, here is a home-grown Sauvignon Blanc that you definitely should to try. Zingy grapefruit, some lemon-lime flavours, it is crisp and light-bodied, a perfect afternoon sipper.  A great price point for this Canadian gem.

 

Featherstone Cabernet Franc VQA
(LCBO #64618)  $19.95

A few months ago I was looking for something different and an LCBO product consultant introduced this red wine to me. (Don’t ever underestimate the knowledge of LCBO consultants) I admit that I hesitated since Cabernet Franc is not a varietal I would normally seek out, however with every sip of this wine, I was NOT disappointed. Slightly floral on the nose, this is an impressive, smooth red wine with generous lively berry flavours.  Medium-bodied, this wine has enough weight to partner with grilled meat but light enough you could easily place it beside grilled salmon.

I’ve long been a fan of Featherstone wines, ever since I visited the winery along the Beamsville Bench (in Niagara) & saw sheep nibbling at the grape leaves in the vineyard.

 

The Foreign Affair Winery – The Conspiracy VQA
(LCBO #149237)  $19.95

This medium-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is berry-rich. Made in the Ripasso style (grapes are air dried) increases volume and depth of flavour. It provides absolutely lip smacking goodness with steak or hamburgers, lamb burgers or a rack of ribs – sheer yum.

 

Heading to The County?

For those of you who are lucky to be visiting Prince Edward County on the Canada Day weekend, here’s my tips on where to go, because there are now over 40 picturesque wineries that it is next to impossible to visit them all – even during a long weekend.

Casa-Dea offers a lovely patio for lunch overlooking the vineyards with many of their wines not readily available at the LCBO.

Neighbouring winery, Rosehall Run Vineyards also has some award winners – especially their Pinot Noirs – there are always a collection of medallions hanging around the bottle’s neck.  And down the road there is the stunning country setting of The Grange Winery. This former cannery is one of the first wineries in The County. The huge barn is now a tasting room with views of a nearby stream and fields, you feel like you’ve have been transported back into pioneer days.

Finally, while idyllically meandering about The County, pop into Lighthall Vineyards in Milford & say “Hi” to a long time Savvy fan & friend – Glenn Symmons. He is the one-man-show running this winery with his top selling Progression sparkling wine made of 100% Vidal grapes.  That wine alone is worth the trip to The County just to pick up a few of those bottles. When you are down that way you, visit County Cider for a splash of something different and fill up at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese. Your taste buds will love you for it and with the wine you pick up while on tour, it will be one delicious Canada Day.

Check out our 101 Things to do in The County tips too!

 

Featured wines available at the LCBO…

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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